More Fun, Less Stress
I have tried to make that my motto lately, although it doesn’t always work. I’ve actually been working on my stress level for a while, as you can see from this POST. As long as I am trying, that’s what counts, right? So, I’ve put together some tips that I am using to make the holiday a little less stressful for everyone involved. Including me. Especially me.
I’m going to show you an example from Thanksgiving, but these tips can be used for any holiday or special event.
Deciding Where to go
Since me and my husband both like spending time with our families during the holidays, we’ve made a schedule that we usually stick to each year. Some people alternate or celebrate holidays on a different day, but we’ve just found a system that works for us.
If you have more than one event that falls on a certain day, try to make a decision as soon as possible for both you and your hosts.
In order to not stress the hosts out, we:
- Confirm times of meals. Then inform them of our plan, so they can plan accordingly. We don’t want to waste any food.
- We’ve tried eating at both houses in the past, but it just doesn’t work well. It’s so much pressure to eat fast at one place and get to the other on time, so we plan to eat at only one house.
- For Thanksgiving, we go to my husband’s parent’s house first and stay until late afternoon. We then have dinner at my parents house. My brother does the same with his in-laws, so we are all together.
I’m not sure about you, but dressing myself for a family gathering is stressful enough. Then, having to dress three squirmy, active boys, and my stress level goes up significantly. This is how I’m taking the stress out of this one.
- Pick out outfits for everyone (me included) at least 2 days before. This will ensure time to wash any pieces that happen to be in the hamper.
- Lay out outfits and label them for the boys, in case Dad has to help out. They will be in our room, so no one messes with them. Yes, twins, I’m talking to both of you who think throwing clothes around the room is funny.
- Pack a pair of Pajamas for each boy in with the extra diapers and wipes. Since we are going to two different houses, everyone is wiped out at the end, and it’s just easier to have them already in PJs so they can go directly from car to bed.
What to Bring
I am not a big cook. I know you’re shocked since I post so many recipes on the blog. Ha! So, in order to not stress myself out, I’m going to:
- NOT try to prepare a dish I’ve never made before
- Instead, I’ll just bring the wine. There’s always a need for wine.
The Night Before
Since no naps will be taken on Thanksgiving (or any holiday, party, etc.) I’m going to try to get everyone to bed early the night before. Blog posts will be scheduled for Friday and Saturday, so I won’t be worrying about that, and can just enjoy family time. Plus, make sure:
- Camera is charged and packed.
- My phone is charged and we bring a charger with us.
- I bring extra sippy cups, diapers, and wipes.
- Bring a pair of slippers for myself because my feet aren’t used to being in heels for very long.
- Pack the boys’ extra Pajamas
And that’s it. That’s my plan. Short, sweet, simple, and I hope stress free!
How do you decide what to do for the holidays? Special events? Any tips that get you through the day without very much stress?