For some families, the most stressful part of Christmas time is running around from this party to that party and one relatives house to the next. This is why it is so important to create a schedule. A written calendar will not only help you to track where you need to be and when, but it will also allow you to visually see how crazy a particular day or week might be.
Of course every family is different, but if you have friends relatives that are flexible on when you get together I encourage you to take full advantage of that. A Christmas spent at home might be a better option for you than driving around place to place. On the other hand, I guess some families might enjoy the opportunity to visit many different relatives in a single day. Regardless of the type of family you are a member of, keeping a schedule will help you to stay organized and prevent a double booking.
I've created a December Calendar to go along with the other Christmas documents that I posted last week. Feel free to use this or whatever calendaring system works well for you!
What tips do you have for making the holiday schedule a little less stressful?
I mentioned above that flexibility is always nice...it especially comes in handy when you have two children and yourself with a December birthday. This is the case for my friend Alyssa who chose to celebrate her little boy's birthdays in October this year. Although she was a little nervous about how family members might react about the early birthday party it really worked out nicely for their family. She was able to spend a lot more time and energy planning a fun party with a lot less stress than there usually is around the holidays. They still plan on celebrating the boys actual birthday's in December so they don't get confused as to when their real birthday is, but they will just do that as a family with a nice dinner at home.
While I'm on the subject, I just have to share pictures of the adorable birthday cakes we made for the boys over the weekend! There were super easy to make and turned out SO cute as you can see.
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