Ways to Make This The Best Christmas Season Ever
Every year I dream of my planning (and executing) the perfect Christmas — where everyone is blissfully happy and nothing goes wrong. (I know, big ask right?!)
But, of course, life never seems to cooperate.
Last year, I spent an hour puzzling over my circuit breaker panel after an incident with the Christmas lights. The year before, there were epic kid tantrums — I mean kicking, screaming kids puddling on the floor, about not getting the exact LEGO® set they wanted. You get the idea.
So, as I enter the Christmas 2019 season, I’m setting aside my idea of the perfect Christmas and embracing all the messiness of life. But I’m still going to set myself up for success so that my family and I can enjoy our celebrations.
Try these tips to make this year your best Christmas ever!
Decorate and shop early
Even before you’ve decked the halls and trimmed the tree, turn your attention to what’s going under the tree. The more prepared you are and the earlier you start shopping, the better. Over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, try to check everything off your Christmas shopping list.
The weekend after Thanksgiving is also the perfect time to get your Christmas decorations up.
Since the kids are home from school and perhaps your spouse is home from work, make decorating a family affair. But don’t stress about things not looking perfect; you’ll have plenty of time to tweak the décor if your eight-year-old’s ornament placement ideas drive you crazy!
Prepare by picking a day in early December to wrap all of your presents and write out all of your cards as well. With that out of the way, you’ll be ready to turn your attention to the upcoming festivities.
Create a master plan — and stick to it
With a solid schedule in place, everything will run as smoothly as possible and you won’t feel frazzled. Career Girl Daily.com recommends using a planner to map out your holiday activities.
Put all of your Christmas to-dos into the schedule so you have plenty of time to clean this and cook that. Front-load as many of the preparations as you can. If you don’t know where to start, take a look at Real Simple’s countdown-to-Christmas checklist.
Figure out which food items you can make ahead of time, pick your party playlist and queue up some Christmas movies for the kids. And don’t forget to jot down the time and place of their Christmas pageant!
Then, think about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Make note of when you need to start defrosting your holiday turkey and run out for cocktail ice. Does your immediate family enjoy a leisurely Christmas morning with PJs and presents? If so, figure out ahead of time when everyone needs to be dressed and ready to walk out the door for Aunt Debbie’s big get-together.
Christmastime can be stressful, I know. But working ahead and developing a master plan will help you manage your time and accomplish everything you want to do without worrying. Also, leave yourself some time to unwind and de-stress amidst the holiday madness.
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