The holidays are supposed to be a fun, joyous time of the year! However, if you are a busy mom, you might be dreading the energy and stress that goes into preparing. Here are some tips for a more manageable, stress free Christmas!
During this time of year, you are getting invited to tons of parties and get-togethers! While this is great, it can be a lot to handle with your busy schedule. Keep in mind, you are not obligated to attend every event you are invited to. If you can, that’s great! But if you are simply too busy, the host will understand. It is better to politely decline then to go when you don’t really have time to, and resent being there. If you are able to attend an event, but only for a limited amount of time, tell the host beforehand that you are excited to come, but can’t stay the whole time, this way she won’t be offended when you slip out early.
Gift giving can be one of the most overwhelming parts of Christmas. There’s no reason for it to be such a hassle! Prepare in advance by keeping a list throughout the year of toys you child has mentioned, so choosing something for them will be a breeze. For friends and family members, sometimes it is better to be upfront rather than trying to read minds. Don’t be afraid to ask people what they would like, and speak up if they ask you! Also, start your shopping early, so you can catch some of the best deals possible, and make gift shopping less of a chore by asking friends to accompany you so you can all get it out of the way together!
Simplify Your Christmas Card-
If you can arrange a family photo shoot months ahead of time, and have your cards professionally made, that’s great. If not, there’s no shame in sending generic cards from the store- it’s the thought that counts. To make it even easier (and cheaper) you can prepare a Christmas E-Card, then simply upload a family picture you like! It doesn’t need to be professionally taken! You can easily email it to your family and friends. For maximum efficiency, include both a Christmas and a New Year’s greeting. One extra sentence can save you the trouble of sending out a whole other round of cards.
Host without Hassle-
Hosting a Christmas celebration doesn’t have to be a stressful nightmare. The most important thing is to take the pressure off yourself. While you should tidy up, your house doesn’t need to be spotless. It will just get messy again when your guests come. Allow guests to help and bring dishes so all of the cooking isn’t left up to you, and accept help cleaning afterwards.
Set Travel Boundaries-
If you like to host, it is always easier to have out of town relatives come to you. However, sometimes you’ll have to go to them too. Verbalize in advance what years you are willing to traveling, and where you will spend the holidays each year. For example, you may be willing to travel when your child is still a baby, but this can get more difficult as they grow. Make it clear that you are willing to go to your family member’s house for a couple of years, but then you would like to have them come to you. It can also be much less stressful to have enough family time, but not too much. Have a big Christmas Eve get together, but save Christmas morning with just your immediate family.