Christmas is coming! Way before the holiday arrives, you need to set up a general plan to help you get through it. Think of every possible thing you may face: the list making, shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, visiting, or hosting. It can be a roughhouse to get through the Christmas morning routine when you’re a busy parent, let alone the rest of the Christmas season.
Here are six tips on how you can survive Christmas even if you’re a busy parent:
Decide on a holiday budget (and stick to it).
Start to consider how much you might spend on gifts, decorations, and food for parties and dinners. You can decide on the amount you’d like to spend on each item, and if possible, start saving money for all purchases. If you’ve already decided on how much you’d spend on Christmas shopping, you should definitely stick to it.
Make your own gift lists.
Before the kids start pulling you in to see every toy commercial, make a list of gifts you would want and can afford to buy. Consider one item they wish to have, what they need or both. Also, consider the other people for whom you’d be buying gifts—husband, mother, father, grandparents, and co-workers—then make lists for them as well.
Mark your calendar.
Take a glance at your calendar and check when does the holiday fall. Then begin planning around it. If you want to host a dinner party, you can choose between Christmas eve or the actual Christmas day. If your kids have holiday events that you should attend to, make a note of it by looking at their school calendar. Check your office’s schedule and see if you can find out when the holiday party will be in your workplace or your significant other’s.
Organize your decorations.
If you have an extensive collection of Christmas decorations, make it a point to organize them and get them ready months in advance. Place decorations in boxes or containers labeled with what room of the house they’ll be in. Embellish right after Thanksgiving, when you most likely have a few days off. To make things fun, make it a family affair by having a snack afterward.
Create a cleaning schedule for your home.
If you create a cleaning schedule, you’ll keep your house clean without needing to do any significant clean-ups before company arrives, unexpectedly. You can also hire a house cleaning expert to help you out, and it will give you more time to spend with your family.
Christmas doesn’t just happen all by itself. There are things that you need to do, quick DIY Christmas decorations, food preparations, and gift shopping. Above all, don’t let the holiday season become a chain of stressful events. Control your expectations, discover new traditions and enjoy your precious time off with your kids, family, and friends. It may be hard to plan out the perfect Christmas for you and your family because you’re a busy parent, but by doing these tips, you can save yourself a ton of holiday stress by doing some easy Christmas ornaments to make.