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Hello friends! The holiday season is upon us and as a stay-at-home mom of four energetic boys (two of them being 1-year-old twins!), I know how challenging it can be to prepare for Christmas while managing the daily chaos of family life. However, with a bit of planning and organization, you can turn the holiday craziness into a joyful celebration. Here are some tried-and-true tips to help you get ready for Christmas without losing your sanity. I don’t know about you – but I can’t afford to lose any more of mine!
1. Start Early, Shop Smart:
One of the best gifts you can give yourself is the gift of time. As a busy mom, planning ahead is the key to being able to actually enjoy the holidays. Begin your Christmas shopping early to avoid the last-minute rush. Create a list of gift ideas for each family member, and take advantage of online shopping to save time and the precious, minuscule amount of energy that you have! Set a budget and stick to it, if you can. It’s easy to go off the rails once those Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales start rolling in. Though we all know some deals are just too good to pass up!
2. Embrace Online Shopping:
Navigating crowded stores with four wild boys in tow is a daunting task. I like to embrace the convenience of online shopping for the best gifts to save both my time and my sanity. So many retailers offer free shipping during the holiday season, so take advantage of this perk to have gifts delivered straight to your doorstep. Gone are the days of standing in long lines at the mall, for me anyway! I’ve already done a little bit of shopping online for some adidas goodies for the kids and myself! I truly planned to wrap them and put them under the tree BUT I couldn’t wait to give them their new clothes and shoes! Is anyone else guilty of doing this?
3. Create a Master Gift List:
Staying organized is the key to a stress-free Christmas. Create a master gift list that includes everyone you plan to buy for, gift ideas, and the status of each gift (purchased, wrapped, or delivered). Having a clear overview of your gift-giving progress helps prevent oversights and ensures that no one is left out. If you’re fancy, make an Excel spreadsheet. Go crazy! This year, I’m using my paper planner!
4. Delegate and Involve the Family:
You’re not alone in this holiday preparation journey. Ask your family members for help with the workload! (Easier said than done, I know!) Assign specific tasks to your kids, such as wrapping gifts, putting out some of the Christmas decor, or making cute Christmas cards for family members. Not only does this lighten your load, but it also brings a sense of togetherness as you create special memories as a family. My older boys are at the age where they enjoy helping out with fun tasks like this and I love it.
5. Plan a Family Calendar:
With a full house and a million different activities, it’s easy for schedules to become chaotic. Create a family calendar that includes important dates, such as school events, holiday parties, and any travel plans. This visual aid will help you manage your time effectively and ensure that no event catches you by surprise. I use the built-in calendar on the iPhone to create a shared calendar with Nate so that no event or appointment falls through the cracks.
6. Prioritize Self-Care:
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget about yourself as you work tirelessly to create the perfect Christmas for everyone else. Remember that you deserve to enjoy it, too! Self-care looks different for all of us, of course! Do some yoga, get your hair done, or simply take a nap! Make sure to do whatever it is that fills YOUR cup. As a twin mom, sleep is the only thing filling my cup!
Getting ready for Christmas requires a combination of early planning, smart shopping, and effective organization. I hope these tips help as you navigate Christmas chaos! Now, I’m off to take my own advice!
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