Yup, they have arrived— the holidays are here. For some of us, it’s the best time of the year, while for others it’s the most stressful time of the year. I know it can get stressful because we as women want the holidays to be perfect for our families. From prepping dinner, decorating, shopping, rounding up guests and more, we can drive ourselves— and others around us— nuts. The holidays are supposed to be fun and unforgettable, at least in my opinion. Because of that, I wanted to give you ladies some tips/reminders on how to keep the stress to a minimum so that you can enjoy these next few months to their fullest.
1) Plan ahead and start preparing early. If you can do small things here and there, it help you to not feel bombarded with things to do the week of the dinner. Write out a schedule for that month with things that need to be done along with deadlines. For example, write down when you will buy decorations, when they need to be up by, etc.
2) Know what you want to serve for dinner and either have the recipes printed or put cooking books to the side. If you are a great cook—unlike me— and can come up with amazing dishes on your own, still write down what you plan to make and the ingredients you will need. This may seem very minor, but how many times have we all gone to the grocery store and forgotten a few ingredients? We can try to avoid extra trips to the supermarket by knowing exactly what we will need. It makes for less thinking, which is great when running on short time.
3) Share responsibilities. If you are like me, you like to do things yourself to ensure it gets done the way you want it. Well, sometimes we need to ask for help. Split up responsibilities among either your family or close friends who will help. My family is pretty big and every Thanksgiving and Christmas my aunts would come over and they would help my mother cook. It was so much fun, too, because my cousins were over and that was playtime for us. With help, you can relax a bit and enjoy the moments. It was always precious family time in my eyes.
4) Don’t forget the meaning of the holidays. I mentioned what they meant to me, but whatever meaning they have to you, keep it in mind. Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy it all. Enjoy cooking, decorating, and every step it takes to make that holiday perfect, just the way you want it.
I hope this brought up some ideas or served as a reminder of a few things that will help make the holidays a little bit less stressful. I hope you all have an amazing, unforgettable time this Thanksgiving week and for the rest of the holidays that will follow.