20 Tips for a Great Christmas
Christmas is almost here. The kids are definitely ready. Are you? Here are 20 tips to make it a great Christmas for the whole family.
1. Plan ahead.
Sit down for a few minutes and think about the holiday ahead. Make a list of everything you need and then spend a few days gathering any last-minute supplies.
2. Stay hydrated.
Make sure everyone drinks plenty of water. It keeps kids and adults healthier and happier while running around. If you’re hosting a dinner, or attending one, where there’s alcohol, drink a glass of water in between each cocktail or glass of wine. If you happen to forget this rule of thumb, make sure you rehydrate the morning after.
3. Delegate to others.
You can’t do it all. And shouldn’t have to. Give everyone in the family an item on your to-do list. Even kids can help, and they’ll feel important to be trusted if you let them take part in the experience.
4. Remember that less is more.
This can be true, whether it comes to gift-giving, drinking or eating.
5. Get plenty of sleep.
Our bodies need rest, especially when we’re overloaded with what the holiday season brings: stress, meals, and family gatherings. Do what you can to encourage full nights of rest and naps during the day.
6. Take some time off.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to take vacation time from work, do it. Leading into Christmas, and the days afterward, is more fun if you’re not required to balance work with everything else.
7. Reach out.
If you’re facing Christmas alone, consider reaching out to loved ones. Let friends know you’re on your own and looking to connect with them. If you feel unsure about that, consider nonprofits open for business. You can provide a great Christmas for others, as well as yourself, by volunteering for a good cause and letting their staff members enjoy the day off.
8. Break a habit or two.
If you’re unsatisfied with how your holidays have been going, do something different this year. Start a new tradition or maybe you just need a change of scenery. Do you normally stay home? This year, maybe go out of town. There are so many interesting traditions around Christmas. See which one might make you feel better and have a good time.
9. Set some rules.
If you’re dealing with a challenging circle of loved ones, boundaries might be a good idea. Avoid certain topics or subjects. Make sure only positive conversations take place around your table.
10. Stay healthy.
Don’t feel uncomfortable putting a priority on your family’s health. If that means you want everyone wearing masks, so be it. The CDC also recommends vaccinated guests and smaller groups of people.
11. Don’t try to be perfect.
There’s a lot of pressure to have everything look like a Hallmark movie. It’s not always possible. Relax rules like limiting screen time or staying up past bedtime. In moderation, a relaxed schedule during vacations can be fun and freeing. Enjoy it.
12. Eat out.
Sometimes, one of the best things to do on Christmas is attend a dinner elsewhere. Then you don’t have to worry about preparation, messes or cleaning up afterwards. You deserve it.
13. Reconsider some traditions.
Perhaps going to see a ballet was your favorite Christmas ritual when the kids were young. Is it too stressful now that they’re older and aren’t quite so excited to get dressed up? Then rethink this tradition. Maybe a pajama party watching A Christmas Carol on television would be less expensive and more enjoyable.
14. Savor every moment.
Whether you’re cuddling with the kids or sipping eggnog on the porch, take a deep breath and look around. These are memories to cherish.
15. Ship gifts ahead of time.
If you’re traveling for Christmas, ship the gifts ahead of time. You’ll save money, because shipping is often cheaper than luggage fees. You’ll also save energy and stress. Travel lighter.
16. Clean up wrapping paper, boxes, etc. Or don’t.
If you feel better, or saner, in a clean house then grab an empty trash bag on Christmas morning and fill it up as you go along. If you don’t, don’t. You’ll always have time to clean after the hectic holiday.
17. Enjoy timesavers.
If it fits into your budget, consider getting gifts assembled by professionals. Order pies and desserts from the local bakery. Some places will even cook your turkey for you.
18. Keep the kids occupied.
A fun family activity on Christmas is to take photos out of frames, around the house, and replace the pictures with leftover wrapping paper. It’s a fun and free way to decorate through the new year.
You can also get out children’s holiday books, like A Christmas Carol or How the Grinch Stole Christmas and prop them up around the house. Encourage the kids the read these books, acting out the different parts.
19. Exercise a little.
Take a quick walk or run before the kids get up. It helps reduce stress and you’ll feel better during the long day. Pro tip: Bring the dog with you. An exhausted doggie is less likely to jump on guests.
20. Repeat affirmations.
This is a popular ritual for a reason: it works. It’s also quick and free. If you can find a few moments to sit quietly and repeat something positive a few times while taking deep breaths, give it a try. For example, say to yourself, “I’m loved. I’m happy. I’m in control.” Or “I deserve joy this holiday season.” Here are some humorous affirmations that will make you smile. And if you have time to repeat these while soaking in a bubble bath or doing yoga? All the better.
The most important way to achieve a great Christmas is to let go. Enjoy the moment and take lots of pictures to reflect on when your children are older. From everyone here at KidzToPros: Merry Christmas.