Planning for the Holidays they say is supposed to be fun. I don’t know who they are but I bet they didn’t have four kids to plan around haha.
I have learned some things though in my time that has helped me plan for the holidays in a much less stressful way.
- Start shopping early. Hit those sales in January and start picking up gifts right after Christmas ends, I know it seems so far away but trust me in the end you will be glad that you did. After you purchase keep a detailed list of each item, size if it is clothing, and who it is for. You will thank me later I promise.
- Take your time decorating. Rather then just picking one day to do the decorating do it a bit at a time. Just because you can’t put your tree up right after Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you can’t start putting up your holiday lights and decor items. Then when the time comes for the tree you will be ready and just have that last finishing touch before you can enjoy the holidays.
- Buy your greeting cards online pre-printed. I know that filling out personal notes by hand is probably better but when time does not allow purchasing online is ok too, at least you are sending cards and not skipping altogether because they are too much work. You can online to places like Storkie to get your cards and I know with Storkie Christmas cards I am sending quality greetings to my family and friends (see example at end of this post).
- Don’t spread yourself too thin with Holiday parties. If you get invited to a bunch just pick a few where you know the most of your friends/co-workers will be and go to those ones, don’t want to be too stressed with too many places to go.
- Do as much of your Holiday baking as you can from October-November. Most cookies, bars and treats can be frozen and then thawed for company this helps lessen the stress of what to serve surprise guests.
- Arrange or participate in a Holiday baked goods exchange. This helps lessen the stress as well of Holiday baking because instead of having to bake 6 or 7 things you bake that many dozen and exchange with friends and family to get 7 different things. You can include as many as you want but a good exchange I would stop at 12.
- Stop and smell the pine trees. Don’t rush, rush, rush until the holidays suck spend time with your family, unplug and unwind once or twice a month leading up to the Holidays, a relaxed parent makes for relaxed kids.
- Make your gifts. If money is a concern then you can make your gifts be it gift baskets or getting the kids to paint frames or pictures for the grandparents. It adds a personal touch without being hard on the pocket book.
- When it comes to your Christmas meals plan ahead, buy your turkey when you find them on sale, peel your potatos and carrots the night before setting them in water overnight this way on Christmas day you can enjoy the day without rushing around too much.
- It is never too late to start a Holiday tradition with your kids. Ours is that they each get one present to open on Christmas Eve and then one present for the four of them. In their individual presents is pajamas and in their group one is a new holiday movie. We get into our pajamas, pop some popcorn, put the movie on and off we go to a relaxing night before we get the kiddos off to bed so the jolly old man in the big red suit can come leave them some presents.
I hope that these tips will help you relax more and prep ahead more this Holiday. Each one of these is a tried and true tip for my family, test them out and see what works for you make any changes necessary but most of all relax and enjoy your Holidays.
“I wrote this blog post while participating in the Storkie holiday blogging program. I received compensation for my participation. All opinions are 100% mine.”