Time saving holiday tips for parents.
Once the holiday season starts off, it seems that most parents are running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to get everything done. Feeling stressed and pressed for time can take some of the enjoyment out of the holiday season and turn you into a real Grinch! What you need are some time-saving suggestions that will help you to have the best holiday season without sacrificing any of the fun at all. Here are some tips that will help you to save time in some of the major holiday events and obligations.
Holiday shopping can be extremely time-consuming and stressful if you don’t take the time to prepare a list before heading out. The list will take time, of course, but not nearly as much time as wandering around cluelessly through store after store will. It is also a good idea to take advantage of the Black Friday sales, not only to save money, but also time. You may find that between the brick and mortar type stores and shopping online on this one day, you can get every bit of your holiday shopping done.
Wrapping gifts can also take a long time and if it isn’t something that you really like to do, it can seem to take even longer. When you are shopping and are given the option of having things wrapped there, do so. For other items, purchase gift bags and tissue or boxes with pre-printed holiday designs on them. This will save you time, and if you aren’t a super wrapper, a lot of frustration, as well.
The holiday season is a time when many people have gatherings, holiday parties, and get-togethers for friends and family. You need not feel like you are obligated to go to every single one that you are invited to. Limit the number of events that you attend over the holiday season, so that you don’t get burnt out and exhausted from them. When you will not be attending a particular gathering, be sure that you do RSVP with a note of thanks for the invitation and an apology that you can’t make it.
For some people, it seems that cooking is a huge part of their holiday time. There may be Christmas cookies to be baked and special meals to be prepared. Rather than doing all of this by yourself, have a baking party where you invite friends and family to bake in bulk with you. This will take much less time than if you each were baking seperately, but you will all go home with the same amount of baked goods as usual. For the holiday meals, have them potluck style, rather than doing all of the cooking yourself.
For the holiday decorating to get done in much less time than usual, make a family party of it and get everyone involved. Play Christmas music and/or movies while you work and be sure there are snacks to keep everyone’s energy up. Prepare a large pot of hot chocolate for the kids with candy cane stirrers and a punchbowl of eggnog, as well, either for the whole family or only the adults, depending on how you make it. This can be a really fun family tradition that will save time and create wonderful memories for everyone.
For parents, the holidays are a time when they want to see smiles on the faces of their children, but if you are too busy, you may miss them. Doing things in ways that save you time will be less exhausting and give you more time to just enjoy the season with the family that you love.
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