It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but possibly the most stressful event to prepare for. Let me give you some advice: take a deep breath and relax! The purpose of this holiday is to enjoy the company of your loved ones. Preparing for Christmas can be just as fun as celebrating it if you can do it all in one place. At JCPenney, you can find quirky, elegant, and festive items to help you prepare for the big day–all at an affordable price.

Child's Snowman Apron

Receiving lump of coal on Christmas is your children’s biggest fear. In order to ensure that they’re on Santa’s good list, you can ask them to help you prepare for your guests’ arrival. It doesn’t have to be a boring activity–you can get them excited to be Santa’s Little Helpers by putting on this special apron and allowing them to help out with “grown-up” tasks. They can help you bake cookies for Santa, set the table, or even entertain the guests. And, of course, don’t forget the camera–they’ll be looking cuter than ever with this apron and you’ll want to capture the memories of their first Christmas helping out!

Nikko® Happy Holidays Set of 4 Stemware Glasses

Nikko’s Christmas dinnerware has been a part of family holiday celebrations for over 30 years, and it’s easy to see why. These four glasses include intricately painted Christmas trees with ornaments, dolls, and presents. On the JCPenney website, you can zoom in the picture to see the fine-tuned details. Unlike the crystal that you may have put out last year, these are just as beautiful but can be placed into the dishwasher.

iHome® LED Color-Changing Portable Stereo

In the Christmas movies, you’ll always see families gathered around a large piano, singing their favorite carols. In real life, most of us don’t have a piano or know how to play, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play our favorite holiday tunes. All you have to do is put in your iPhone or iPod into the speaker, and ho, ho, ho! There you have it. The iHome has the option to display bright colors, so it’ll even look like Christmas lights. You’ve worked hard for this big day, don’t be afraid to treat yourself!

Pfaltzgraff® Set of 2 Puppy Surprise Mugs

The kids are going to want some hot chocolate to stay warm, and you’re going to need some coffee to get stay awake, so this adorable mug will certainly come in handy. When the drink is very hot, you can take the top lid off, or hold it by the handle to prevent your hands from burning. Although it’s a mug, not a centerpiece, it will end up drawing lots of positive attention to your guests!

The Swiss Colony® Merry Christmas Petite Fours

After you’ve spent so much time preparing, cooking, and entertaining, you deserve to have a moment to sit down with your guests and enjoy the holiday. Everyone is going to be full after dinner, but you can’t celebrate without some dessert. This scrumptious little box is the perfect light snack. Best of all, it won’t add to your pile of things to clean up. Take this time to sit back, relax, and appreciate what Christmas is all about.