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Surviving the Christmas Holidays
As much as I love Christmas the mum guilt has already turned it’s ugly head on me because this is the first time that I won’t be there to see Evie’s Christmas plays. I’m really happy Adam will be there cheering for her, taking photos and hopefully getting a few little films of her so I can see after work but it’s not the same is it. There are loads of things that can make us feel so guilty for Christmas. I wanted to share a few tips and tricks to help working mums survive the festive season, block out that mum guilt and enjoy the time we have with our families this year.
Firstly, know that whatever you’re doing right now, you’ve made that choice to make sure your family life is awesome. You might be working, self-employed or a stay at home mother. It doesn’t matter, don’t let that guilt get you down. I’ve been in every thinkable scenario when it comes to working and each one can hit you with guilt differently. I want to say that you’re fabulous and I want to help you make this Christmas and festive season the absolute best ever. I’m not going to have a lot of time this year as I have done the past few but on the plus side I am going to have more money which means we can absolutely make the most of the evenings and weekends we’re going to have together.
Surviving the holidays – it really does feel a bit like a battle sometimes doesn’t it? Battling for time off work, in shops getting last minute gifts, battling time to actually get things done, organising the Christmas dinner…that’s a lot of things to take care of! Here are a few of my top tips to help you stay on track this Christmas, get organised and enjoy the time you have together.
- Order Everything Online – this can be done in a lunch break, in the morning, evenings, weekend…whenever. Ordering gifts and food online is making our lives so much easier and what’s really fantastic is there are so many brilliant sales before Christmas so you can get done and dusted way before December has even begun. If you’re worried about delivery dates then put a little extra money aside and plan for next day delivery postage if you can. It might cost more but you’re guaranteed to get things before the big day.
- If you’re a small family, like us, consider eating out for Christmas day. So many lovely pubs and restaurants are open and the money you would be spending on a big Christmas shop can, instead, be used for a delicious dinner somewhere else where you don’t have to do the washing up.
- Get foil trays to cook your food in. I hate washing up and I’m prepared to not do it. Having disposable foil trays is a brilliant way to save time meaning that after the dinner is done, you don’t have to get up and clean but can instead relax into that festive food coma.
- Get things gift wrapped. If a shop you’re buying from has this option then and you hate wrapping presents then go for this option. It will save you so much time and is really handy for any gifts you need to post on to friends and family.
- Wrap things as you buy them. This saved me so much time last year. I didn’t need to worry about putting aside several hours where I’d be squashed on my bed, surrounded in gifts, paper and scissors, shaking out cramp and swearing a lot. Having things wrapped when they come saves time and well, if you run out of wrapping paper like I always do, there will be plenty of time to get more.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Someone to watch the kids whilst you handle the wrapping, do last minute Christmas shopping or even maybe roping the grandparents in for a visit to Santa’s grotto.
- Make a list. Write down all the things you want to do, see or buy for Christmas this year. Cross and tick things off as you get them done. Book things early to avoid disappointment. Have a look on local websites for late night Christmas shopping hours to get things sorted after work. It feels like there isn’t enough time, but there is, there are always ways around everything. Just doing one small thing each day will help get things sorted and get you into the festive spirit.
- Take Time Out for You. Christmas is a big mad rush. It’s fun, fast-paced and hectic but we all love it really. It can, however, feel super overwhelming so it’s really important to take a bit of time out for you in between the mayhem. Enjoy the wine, the bubble baths and five minutes reading your favourite book or magazine just to have a bit of hush amongst the chaos. No matter what, you’ve got this and you will absolutely survive this holiday season.
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