As a Philippines telemarketing agent, I must say that Christmas is the best holiday of the year but it is also one of the most stressful events of the year as well. The expense of buying gifts, the pressure of last minute shopping, the crowded shopping malls and the busy streets can all combine to challenge our best intentions. Some practical suggestions can help you reduce your Christmas stress.
Set your Christmas budget. For many of us, the Christmas aftermath includes massive credit card bills that can take months to clear. Christmas doesn’t have to be a financial headache if you plan ahead. Time runs so fast so you never notice, Christmas is here again so as early as you can in the New Year, work out a rough budget of expected Christmas costs.
Reduce gifts expense. If you have a large circle of extended family or friends to buy gifts for, it can be very costly. Buy presents only for the children or have a Kris Kringle, where everyone draws a name out of a hat and buys a present only for that person.
Plan before you shop. Make a list of all the gifts you wish to buy before you go shopping. If you wait for inspiration to strike, you could be wandering aimlessly around the shopping centre for hours. If possible, do your Christmas shopping early – in the first week of December or even in November. Some well-organized people do their Christmas shopping gradually over the course of the year, starting with the post-Christmas sales.