Christmas is coming and it’s confession time. I am NOT ready this year. I have decided I need to help myself by taking a little pressure off! Here is a post from a couple of years ago. I’m going to go and wrap some pressies, finish some shopping and re-bake the cookies I ate. If you don’t see me commenting for a few days it’s because I’m in full on Christmas Panic! Happy Holidays! Mwah!
Christmas come and goes in a flash!
All that prep.
The shopping, the baking, the organizing..the panicking?
How can one little Mama possibly keep her family of four happy, get them to all the open houses, family Christmas gatherings, through the meals and survive the photo shoots in one piece?
It’s not easy my friends.
Here are a few tips I have learned along the way:
Start shopping today for next year, it’s the only way you are ever going to get it all done without breaking the bank.
When you think you are done buying all of your gifts, your not. But one extra super generic gift for when some peep who is clearly nicer and way more thoughtful then you shows up with a gift for you. You don’t have one for her? Awkward.
Same goes for Christmas cards. When you go get the mail and there is some love sent to you from your second cousin twice removed, it would be sweet if you have an extra card on hand ready to go. Throw that baby in the mail IMMEDIATELY. Butt is now covered.
Don’t make the damn Christmas cookies so far ahead. You and your wee ones (mostly you) will eat them and then you will be forced into re-creating all those mouth watering yummies.
Plan out those Christmas Eve and Christmas Day outfits for yourself and the kiddies a good week in advance. I guarantee you will be short at least one pair of tights and possibly a red sweater. While you are at it, have at least one back up plan for all your lovelies. Food disasters, hormones or the fact that you ate 4 dozen cookies and no longer fit in your “go to” pants may force you into a back up plan.
Do you have enough AAA and AA batteries? NO. You do not. There are never enough. Go get some more.
Sweetie, no matter how hard you try you are going to be tired. It’s OK. You can sleep in January.
Be prepared with Tylenol, Wine and expectations at a realistic level and you are ready for the season of Peace, Joy and Christmas in the Suburbs.