TIPS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Added on: 24th Dec 2016
MAKE A HOLIDAY PLAYLIST
No, not the local soft rock station that inevitably turns into
24/7 Christmas music. Make a playlist of Christmas
music YOU like, and it doesn’t have to all be “Christmas”
music, either; just tunes that make you feel Merry & Bright.
Listening to good music lowers stress hormones and
your blood pressure, so if cranking up Queen gets you
in the Holiday Spirit, rock on.
USE A GARMENT BAG FOR CREATIVE STORAGE
Speaking of having all your stuff together, keep your
wrapping paper and all assorted wrapping bits together
by hanging them in a clear plastic garment bag, then just hang
the bag in the closet.
MAKE GIFT TAGS OUT OF OLD OR FREE PAINT CHIPS
Use a cookie cutter to draw the design on the back, cut it
out, punch a hole in the top, and you look quite fancy.
PREP AND CUT AHEAD OF TIME
If you’re making a big holiday meal, chop things the day or
several days before, label it and chuck it in the fridge. Imagine
cooking on Christmas without having to get out a cutting board.
MAKE MULLED WINE FOR THE TASTE AND SMELL
Make mulled wine (or cider, if you want a non-alcoholic
version) in your crock pot. Wine, sugar, spices, oranges and
a crock pot. Your house will smell AMAZING for your party
(or yourself. We aren’t judging.)
REQUEST GIFT WRAPPING
A lot of places, including some online retailers, will offer it
USE THE 30 MINUTE RULE IF YOU HAVE
GUESTS COMING OVER
What’s the 30 minute rule? Don’t do anything as far as
cleaning or preparing the house that will take more than
30 minutes. No one expects perfection; they’re coming
to your home to see YOU and your family, not your
floors. (Also, please note that if you’re having a party,
unless your floors are gross, don’t mop them.
You’ll have to do it the next day after the party anyway.)
DECIDE TO KEEP OR TOSS FAMILY TRADITIONS
If you have a costly, time consuming family tradition
that no one in your family does out of any reason
but “IT’S TRADITION,” why are you wasting your
precious holiday time and energy on it? Presents on
Christmas Eve or Christmas Afternoon so everyone
can sleep in? Yes, that’s acceptable.