Just the idea of Thanksgiving or Christmas is causing you heartburn? The frantic quest for the perfect menu and get-together makes you nauseous?

You’re not alone in experiencing increased stress during the holiday season. We’re always tempted or feel obliged to take on more than we can handle. But is it possible to be a great host without going totally nuts?

The answer is a resounding “Yes” according to Quartzy’s Annaliese Griffin. Her advice is simple and straightforward: do a little less than you think you should. Getting one or two things out of your Thanksgiving or year-end festivities to-do list is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s more than ok to prioritize some things over other if this gives you the chance to kick back and relax.

4 ways to be a holiday host and enjoy it

The goal here is not austerity or minimalism. We’re going for a gracious acceptance that it’s more important to do the things you love and have time to enjoy them than to crowd them with too much noise,” says Griffin. In a recent post, this food specialist presents 4 tactics that will go a long way in reducing your burden:

  1. Start with a plan
  2. Repurpose your Thanksgiving leftovers
  3. Manage expectations
  4. Get your hands on glou glou wines

Doing a bit less over the festive season makes life as a host a lot easier. And way more fun. To find out more about these tactics, check out Quartzy’s article.

SOURCE: Quartzy

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