The holiday season is often a busier time than any. Not only do you have your regular jobs to get done, both around the house at work if you’re employed outside the home, but a whole lot more is put on your plate. When you look at it that way, it can start to feel a little stressful. But it doesn’t have to. You want a healthy family life all year round, but it always feels more important at Christmastime. Not only do you want your children to enjoy it, but you always want to have some down time too. So, to make that happen, you need a holiday survival guide for moms that you can stick to.
Give Yourself Enough Time
The best thing that you can do first is allow yourself enough time to plan, prepare and get everything done. It’s never good to leave anything to the last minute. Instead, create a rough guide that you can follow. By this time of the year, you’ll know what events you have coming up. From church to caroling, family visits to gatherings with friends, pencil them all in. Work out what you need to do for each event, if anything, and write that down too. Then you can prepare well in advance, to make sure you have everything you need all lined up.
Lighten Your Load
Now that you know what needs to be done, it’s time to round up the troops and call for backup. You can’t do everything yourself – not if you have a jam-packed calendar. If you’re married, ask your spouse to pitch or even your parents if they’re around and able to help. There will even be chores that the kids can do, especially if they are a little older. From preparing outfits and buying gifts to getting food ready and decorating the house, everyone can help you to get it all done this year.
Do A Trial Run
If you’re cooking dinner for the family this Christmas, it always helps to do a trial run. Whether you’ve done it a million times before, or it’s your first time, a practice run of the dinner allows you to make sure that your timings are right and that everything cooks well. You can avoid dinner disasters this way.
The holiday season can be a long time for your kids to be off school. If you’re a stay at home Mom or you’ve taken the holidays off of work, then you might be able to save yourself a few worries by scheduling in some activities. You don’t have to worry about them being costly either. You can pick up low cost corn hole boards or packs of playing cards and have a games afternoon that the entire family can enjoy.
Enjoy It As A Family
Finally, you want to remember that the holidays should enjoyed as a family. Don’t feel like you’re alone or that you’re suffering from too much to do and not enough help this Christmas. Enjoy your togetherness and make sure to take some time out for yourself. It’s your festive time too.
What is your holiday survival guide tip? I know we can all use as much help as we can get!