Christmas is coming AGAIN this year, in fact it comes every year. Can you believe it? *Said with a little sarcasm.* 🙂


This holiday, make it a priority to not rip your hair out.

Try a few of these quick tips to stress less…

Lay Out Expectations Early

Many easy miscommunications happen among the holiday madness. Make sure to let the kids and your spouse know exactly when and what you’ll need of them before the festivities get here.

Psychologist Pauline Wallin says:

When you feel like other people are driving you crazy, it’s often because they don’t have the same sense of urgency that you do.

Instead, tell your kids ahead of time that the house needs to be clean by 10 a.m., or that you are going to be stressed and would appreciate it if they stay out of your way. It’s an easy way to start out on the same page.

Get Everyone Off The Grid (Even In Small Doses)

Challenge yourself (and even your guests) to take time off the grid. We get so busy that we forget the holidays are about PEOPLE. Instead of scrambling to make everything “perfect,” carve out time to just sit and talk to friends and family.

Ask for phones to be put away while you play a game or watch a movie. Even just 20 minutes being present is a great way to remember the real meaning of the Christmas season.

Guests are more likely to remember the moments shared than what was in the stocking. Make it your mission to have more MOMENTS this year.

Don’t Let Your To-Do List Freak You Out

One of the most exciting parts of the holidays can also be one of the worst parts of the holidays. Gift giving. One of the most time consuming and overwhelming elements of picking out presents is coming up stumped on what to get those you love.

To ease the stress of gift giving so you can get fresh and creative ideas, we’ve put together a hit list of awesome gift guides for all the ONE Family Members.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the gifts and lose sight of the fact that the holidays aren’t about the stuff—they’re about the people. These 3 ways will allow you to take stress out of the holidays and enjoy them with your loved ones.

Take advantage of this special time to spend time with your loved ones, have real conversations, and enjoy authentic moments.

And if someone spills cranberry sauce on the rug or you burn the holiday ham… snap a quick photo and post it on Instagram, tag us @oneextraordinarymarriage, so you can laugh about it later. 🙂

Here’s to a happy holiday season with those that matter the most to you.

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