07 Dec Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts

One of our managers recently came across a meme on Instagram that said “soon it will be time for me to replace my everyday anxiety with my holiday anxiety.” This resonated all too well with us, and we assumed we’re not alone, and should share with our readers!

Maybe this shouldn’t resonate in this way. If you’re hosting during the holidays, your guests just want to be together. They want to relax, nibble on some food, sip some holiday cocktails and catch up with family and friends. Kids just want to open gifts and then go play with their shiny new possessions. Your guests aren’t expecting perfection (nor do they want it), so perhaps you should relax your own standards. Easier said than done, right?

Remember why you are entertaining in the first place – Instead of focusing on all the small details that nobody will probably notice anyway, try to focus on the reason you are all together. This will help take your mind off whether or not your serving plates match.

 Be prepared, but be OK with the unexpected – Of course you are going to have a to-do list. And if it’s more of a sit-down setting, then you will want to have a general schedule for when it will be time to eat, open gifts or eat dessert. But, don’t be so rigid in the timing that your blood pressure starts to rise. If dinner is running 30 minutes late, your guests will be just fine.

 Refocus your attention – Try to focus more on the connection with your guests, remembering that is why they are all there. Ask them questions and listen to their answers. Break bread with them, toast with them and try to take your mind off the things that are causing you the most stress.

 Be your own cheerleader – Like with any stressful moments in our lives, it’s important to remind yourself that it’s OK to feel what you are feeling. Talk to yourself to help ease your anxiety. Say whatever you need to hear in order to de-stress and enjoy the moment.

Oh, and remember one more thing. Please, have fun. Remember to take in the scene around you. Savor the conversation, the smiles, the joy, and even the innocence of the children. Because that’s what the holidays are about.

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