The Holidays are here and that means parties, work functions and lots of time spent with the family. All of this can be stressful and overwhelming for many people, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many things that you can do to prepare for the holiday mayhem!
I’ve put together a list of the things that I do to help get ready for the Holiday party circuit.
Be prepared: This works for so many functions, not just the ones around the holidays. Test your recipes, make things ahead of time, and set your table the night before. Doing these 3 things will help cut your day of stress in half. Check out some of these books to help you prepare.
Get yourself organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp
Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson
Table settings by Tessa Evelegh
Perfect table settings by Denise Vivaldo
Keep the children occupied: You need to keep them occupied from the beginning of the day so that you can get done anything that still needs to be done. Movies and crafts can be a great way to do this. Check out some of these great Christmas movies and craft books to keep your children occupied.
Origami holiday decorations by Florence Temko
Christmas decorations for you to make by Susan Purdy
The Merry Christmas activity book by Jane Bull
Remember to relax: It’s just a family holiday after all, if something goes wrong, roll with it. It’s not the end of the world if dinner is half an hour late or someone spilt their red wine on the carpet. After all the day really is about spending time with the people you love. Check out some of these great books and CD’s to help you relax.
The mini-retreat solution by Julia James
MomSpa by Jennifer Sander
Lakeside retreat by Oliver Schroer (CD)
Beneath the waves (CD)