5 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas Day!

5 tips for a stress free christmas

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-WilliamsCatherine 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.

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Our Tips for the Best Santa Photo Possible!

Santa Photos - Tips for the Best Photo Possible!

At any other time of the year, the thought of waiting an hour or more in a busy line with unsettled, hungry children and dozens of other families would send most parents running for the hills. However, throw in the words “Santa” and “Christmas” and all of a sudden it sounds like a perfect idea! Santa photos are a popular yearly tradition but can also be a stressful time for all involved.

Below are our best tips to help you through the day so you can hopefully leave your session with a wonderful Santa photo and memory!

Santa Photos Tip 1: Bring Spare Clothes!

Choosing the right outfit for Santa photos is a very important task which many parents ponder over for weeks before hand. Do I dress them all the same? Matching colours? Christmas themed outfits? Whichever outfit you decide to go with, make sure you have a backup outfit on hand with you. We all know kids, even if you have covered all bases, they find a way to get messy super easily!

If possible having them in every day clothes in the lead up to the photos is ideal. This way they can run amok and change into their photo clothes just before the photos and be clean and ready.

Santa Photos Tip 2: Book for after Breakfast or Lunch

Even if you have a booked in time for your photos the chances that you will have to wait in line because they are delayed are quite high. Making sure that you go after a good meal means the kids will hopefully be more content and able to wait without too much hassle or constantly bugging you for things to do and eat.

Santa Photos Tip 3: Bring Snacks

In the event that you do need to wait and haven’t had a full meal recently, snacks are a great way to settle (read: bribe) the kids. If you are packing snacks, try to avoid messy foods and stick to easy to eat and mess free foods such as fruit (but not any that stain!), muesli bars and sandwiches. Having snacks on hand will help to keep the children settled and focused. And don’t forget wipes!

Santa Photos Tip 4: Activities

If you are at a very popular photo place then you need to be prepared to entertain the kids. They are very unlikely to just stand and wait quietly in the line – how we wish they would! Having books, tablets or pencils to occupy them will help. Obviously, you cannot set up a huge assortment of activities but things that they can do whilst standing in the line will help the time to go quicker.

Time for the Photo!

Once it is your time for the photos, this is when the tears, tantrums and excitement can kick in. You might have done all you could to prepare the kids and let them know what to expect and they might have seemed okay with it….until the moment actually arrives!

The staff at most of the photo booths are great and have worked with kids for a number of years so they know how to handle all sorts of behaviours. Reminding your little ones that it is going to be fun, happy and exciting will help.

If the tears start and they do not want to be in the photo, jump in with them! There is no harm in a parent being in the photo and it makes for a great memory and story to tell down the track. Some Santa’s will play along and there have been numerous photos shared on social media of Santa crying with the kids, or Santa hiding behind the chair. These can sometimes end up more special than the perfect posed photo!

At the end of the day, your ‘perfect’ Santa photo may not be what you envisioned, however it will still be perfect whichever way it turns out. So try not to stress and enjoy the moment! A photo with your little ones is a photo to be cherished, and if there are tears or red faces or kids trying to run away (have seen those ones as well) then there is always next year. Just think of how embarrassed they are going to be when you bring that photo out at their 21st birthday 😉

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Catherine Nelson-WilliamsCatherine 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.

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