This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Network Niche Influencer Agency and HoneyBaked Ham.
I don’t know about you, but I have this LOVE/HATE relationship with the holidays. Maybe it’s that living in Florida it’s the time of year when all of our friends want to escape the cold and come visit, or maybe it’s that over the years we’ve had to celebrate BOTH Christmas and Hanukkah to include all of our friends and family.
It’s a lot of work
There….I’ve said it. While the joyousness of the season is great, at least SOME of us end up doing ALL of the work. The shopping, the wrapping, the delivering, the inviting, and YES the cooking.
My Honeybaked holiday
Just getting that ONE thing off of the schedule (COOKING) so that I can actually sit back and ENJOY these holiday moments with the family allows me the time to really celebrate. I love setting a beautiful table and making sure there’s plenty for those who stop by later on (even days later), and a half of a HoneyBaked Ham (for our Christmas celebration) and a roasted turkey from HoneyBaked Ham for Hanukkah just take the burden out of being in the kitchen for DAYS.
Simplify and Celebrate
That’s my MOTTO!
10 tips for a less stressful holiday
- Don’t wait until the last minute to shop…& if you do, order online – wrapped & shipped.
- Take ONE day for your holiday cards. I get them over with in a few hours and don’t look back
- Buy a few extra bottles of wine for giving those unexpected gifts that you get
- Have a decorating plan. I’ll look for a theme on Pinterest & use it as a blueprint. Then I enlist Mr. S
- Don’t stress over cleaning, with people coming & going they won’t even notice
- Have an open house instead of a sit-down meal.
- Go to HoneyBaked Ham and pick up EVERYTHING from the ham & turkey, to sides and dessert.
- Set up a DIY bar area for drinks
- Use paper plates for easy clean-up
- Relax and actually ENJOY the holidays – that’s what you’re SUPPOSED TO DO
HoneyBaked Ham gives back
You know how I love companies who give back, and buying your holiday dinner at HoneyBaked Ham gives you the opportunity to help our first responders who work so hard for us year round celebrate as well. This year they are deliveringg meals during the holidays to first responder locations…because they want to make sure that even though they may be working on the holiday, that they have a taste of home while they’re working to protect us. In addition, HoneyBaked Ham is supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation by collecting donations in-store for the foundations’ First Responder Outreach program to provide 250 hams and turkeys to the families of the fallen soldier program.
ENTER TO WIN
Enter to win a $50 HoneyBaked Ham gift card to make YOUR holiday season easier.
- Giveaway ends December 12, 2016 at midnight
- US Residents, 18+ only please
- For more details visit HoneyBaked Ham – & look for a store near you (or order online)
- Get $5 off a half bone-in ham when you order online. Use code: 720877 (one-time only per user).
Rita Frawley says
Shopping for the perfect gift for everyone is so stressful
Carol M says
Trying to figure out how to make everyone happy!
Lauren Hamilton says
The biggest stress is entertaining guest
It’s a tie between refereeing my kids’ fights and dealing with family visiting.
Sarah Hayes says
people getting too caught up in buying useless gifts is my biggest stress
Julie Wood says
My biggest stress during the Holidays is getting my meal and desserts planned! It takes a lot of work planning and cooking for my family during the Holidays!
the biggest stress is the checkout lines at the stores
Jessica To says
My biggest stress is finishing my shopping.
My biggest stress is receiving gifts. I would rather we limit the gift giving to the kids. As a kid I enjoyed the gifts, but as an adult it is awkward.
Steve Weber says
Mine would be all the house cleaning and grocery shopping.
Janet W. says
My biggest stress during the holidays is probably wrapping gifts! No one else in my household volunteers to help me and I sit and wrap for hours! It makes my back ache!
Dana Rodriguez says
I think my biggest stress is all the cooking. Well maybe more all the dish washing.
My biggest stress during the holidays is having enough money to buy presents for all of my loved ones.
My biggest stress during the holidays is making sure that my house is clean!
Oh one of my biggest is the meal planning! Making sure everything is ready at the same time…and it all turns out good 🙂
Christina Foley says
My biggest stress is just finding time to get everything done.. every day stuff, shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping, fun activities with family (We host Christmas Eve for family & friends without family in the area, about 40 people this year).
Tammy Shelton says
Afraid of gaining too many pounds from all the sweets.
Nancy Loring says
My biggest stress is that this year everyone is coming to my house for the first time. Yikes. I have only thought of 50 different things I could cook, How much of everything do I need. The list goes on. I don’t know how my mom managed to do this for so many years and make it look so easy.
Tee Anderson says
My biggest stress is organizing the cooking time and make sure everything is ready for dinner at the same time.
My biggest stress is getting in and out of the traffic and stores.
sarah mayer says
Making sure the house is properly decorated both inside and out.
Cheryl B says
My biggest stress during the holidays is coming up with ideas for side dishes.