Keep Holiday Stress to a Minimum: Learn to Say No
Before your holiday stress levels start to rise, learn these 4 simple tactics for saying no to unnecessary obligations.
4. Say No to Taking On the Work for a Big Holiday Celebration
Are you the family's Martha Stewart? The one who knocks herself out every
Christmas to prepare an elaborate feast for the extended clan?
If festive entertaining leaves you frazzled, Breitman suggests a change of
scenery. For example, say, "Everyone has been coming here for Christmas for
years, but I need a break. Either someone else can do it or we'll all go out to
If you still plan to host, but don't want to shoulder the entire burden, the
word "tradition" carries extra clout during the holidays, Breitman
says. Use it to your advantage. Tell your guests, "I'm starting a new
tradition. This year, everyone will bring one dish for the meal."
Because others are busy, too, "Make sure that they understand that no
one has to make it from scratch," Breitman says.
It's fine if Grandma's soup came from the deli or your nephew shows up with
store-bought dinner rolls. As Martha likes to say, it's a good thing.