If there’s anything I’m a little overly obsessive about, it is planning. I have to admit that I have already planned most of our vacation time for all of 2011. Yes, I’m weird. Oh well! While that may not be for you, planning your activities and holiday events will be sure to save you some hassle. If you are traveling, plan your driving or flying time around naps or meal times so that you can stop and relax during your travels. If you are staying home, plan the special events and gatherings in advance with other family and friends.
DON’T OVER-DO IT.
Are both sets of families hosting holiday dinners on the same day? Chances are, that won’t go over well with your terrible twos toddler. Heck, that’s enough to send ME into a meltdown. Discuss proposed activities or events with your significant other and children and decide what is really important – the visit with Santa or the holiday parade?
TAKE SOME QUALITY TIME.
In all the hustle and bustle, sometimes it is nice to just sit down, relax and enjoy each other. The dishes will eventually get done and the house will get picked up. Set aside some time to simply relax with your family – or yourself!
Sometimes even the most well-planned events will not go according to plan. Be flexible and enjoy your time with your family and friends no matter what. Dinner running late? Make sure you have a snack. Stuck in traffic? Sing some songs or play eye spy. Child tired and cranky? Find a quiet corner at your in-laws for them to nap or simply call it a day.
Well, that’s all I’ve got. Hopefully I will be able to take some of my own advice this month! Luckily we will be home for Christmas and I am looking forward to some relaxed, mellow family time. What are your tips for surviving the holidays?