Christmas isn’t always peachy. Sometimes it can be stressful. Today we have Kaitlyn from Tidings, Tinsel and Turkey sharing her tips on how to actually enjoy the day.
Every year we look for ways to “survive” Christmas day. It can be a stressful time of year for lots of people which is often why we look for ways to get through it rather than making the most of it. A big reason is that not only are we celebrating Christmas but the end of the year too, so there is always so much happening. It can be so easy to get overwhelmed and just want Christmas Day to be over. It can be hard to stay on top of everything and we often want to please everyone. But how about we go beyond just “surviving” Chrissy Day and to actually “enjoying” it? Here are my tips on how to achieve this.
• Pre-empt situations that you can control.For example in my household, my husband can get VERY hangry (I’m thinking of getting him this banner for Christmas). My family often serve Christmas lunch closer to dinner time – this I will never change. So knowing this I will either pack him snacks for the car trip over or make sure the snack plate comes out quick smart when we get there. Everyone is a winner and the hanger is avoided. Are there situations in your family you can help prevent to reduce the stress?
• Take photos. This may sound silly, but it is a very simple way to keep the joy happening. Capturing memories will help remind you and everyone around you that these are precious family times and whilst it may have been stressful getting everyone in the car that morning or organising all the gifts or making the dessert – the faces you look back on in years to come are priceless!
• Prepare yourself for the enviable so it doesn’t annoy you on the day. You know very well that Great Uncle Wally is going to have one to many eggnogs and bring up old family secrets. Unlike your hangry husband – this you cannot control. So just embrace that this will happen. You can even prepare yourself with a way to deal with the situation, for example “Oh Great Uncle Wally, let’s not talk about that today, why don’t you tell me where you got your eggnog recipe from.”
• Watch people open their presents. With lots of people it can be hard to watch every gift being unwrapped but where you can watch everyone! Happy faces are infectious and it’s one of the best parts of the gift of giving! It also makes everyone feel special with the eyes on them.
• Give people jobs. This way no one person is doing everything and gives everyone an opportunity to contribute as well as enjoy the day. Older kids can help to! Jobs like setting the table, getting the nibbles out, collecting drink orders, doing the dishes and wrapping the leftovers are jobs anyone can help with! So hand ‘em out!
• Take a deep breath. Take a moment to breathe in the day. When I was growing up, after all the food and fun had come to an end and Grandfather was asleep in the chair, we would go for a walk around the neighbourhood. It was a nice way to wind down from the day and all the festivities. In previous years – my hubby and I have taken this deep breath moment first thing in the morning. The rest of our day was full with a breakfast, lunch and dinner, so we had five minutes just chilling quietly together in the calm of the early hours of Christmas morning. When we have the family at our house, we get everyone to have a change of scenery and go outside by the pool for either a swim or a quiet beverage. However you do it – just take a moment to reflect on the special time.
Do you have any tips on how to survive the festive season? Let us know by leaving a comment below!