The day has almost arrived! Kids all over have been counting down to Christmas day for months. Mums and Dads have been stressing and fretting over the day for months. Now that it is almost here, you would think the stress would all be over – right?
Christmas Day can be a very stressful day, especially if you have visitors coming over or if you have a lot of travelling to do with a car full of kids. There will always be things that are outside of your control, and something bound to not go to plan, but there are ways to manage the day and reduce your stress where possible.
Here are our 5 top tips to ensure you have a stress-free Christmas Day!
A Stress-Free Christmas Tip 1: Prepare and Pre-make foods!
If you are the one in the family that has the honour of hosting Christmas this year then you will have a lot on your plate. The last thing you want to be doing on Christmas Day when all your family is over is spending half of it in the kitchen. Once you have decided on the menu for the day, work out how many of the dishes can be made in advance and either heated up or served on the day to reduce your time in the kitchen. Salads can all be made the night before and refrigerated. If you are making potato bakes, quiches or cakes, these can all be made in advance, frozen and then warmed up on the day.
A Stress-Free Christmas Tip 2: Pre-decorate
Where possible pre-decorate so you aren’t left doing it on Christmas Day. If you are hosting family on the day, set up your Christmas table the night before with all the plates, cutlery and decorations. This will not only remove the task from having to be done on Christmas Day but it also gives everyone something to look at as they arrive.
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A Stress-Free Christmas Tip 3: Pack the car the day before
If you are doing a lot of travelling on Christmas Day, be prepared by packing the car the night before with clothes, activities and gifts. This way all you need to put in the car on Christmas Day is any food you are taking, the kids and yourself. And if you’re doing a long journey, don’t forget snacks and activities or ipads for the kids to keep yourself sane!
A Stress-Free Christmas Tip 4: Have a schedule
If you are anything like me, having a list or plan of how something should play out reduces your stress levels immensely. I love a good list! Having a rough schedule of the day will help to relax you and reduce your stress. 9 times out of 10 the schedule will not go exactly to plan but having it there and sticking to it where you can will help the day run smoothly.
A Stress-Free Christmas Tip 5: Stay Hydrated
It is a simple one. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water during the day and staying hydrated. Once you start to become dehydrated you can become tired, lethargic and irritable – all things you want to avoid when you have a house full of family and excited children. Keeping your water intake up will help you feel refreshed and lively.
If all else fails and your stress levels start to increase and things just aren’t going to plan – bring out the wine. It is a day of celebration and festivities after all 😉
We wish each and every one of you a safe, happy and stress free Christmas. For all the mothers experiencing their little ones first Christmas – this is an exciting milestone, so do your best to stay stress-free and cherish the precious memories!
Catherine Nelson-Williams is the author of this article and founder of The Nursery Collective. She is a mum of two and juggles being a WAHM with blogging and running The Nursery Collective – a haven for mamas navigating the early years of motherhood, where you can find unique boutiques and services for Mum, Baby & Kids all in the one place.