The holidays should not be survived, they should be enjoyed! It's true that there's a lot going on in the months of November and December, but you shouldn't spend them counting down the days until January. Enjoy the season! We're all busy and we enjoy being busy! If you're privy to the Zeitgeist-lifestyle (and I know you are), then you can multitask with the best. Don't let the holidays tip you over the edge! Consider these tips for surviving the holidays and you'll have time for every tradition this holiday season.
1) Use Apps to Stay Organized!
Embrace 2015 and all of its technology goodies, it'll help you stay organized this holiday season. There are a number of apps available to help you keep track of who is left to buy for on your list, how much you've budgeted to spend on them, and whether or not their gift has been wrapped. Check out the app "Santa's Bag" for the ultimate organization help when it comes to gift-giving.
2) Don't Stress About the Unhealthy Food!
It's true, the holidays will make you pack on the pounds if you're not careful. So be careful! Gingerbread cookies, baked ham, egg nog, and candy canes should all be enjoyed. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Plan ahead of time. Give yourself a few key cheat days during the season where you can eat whatever you want. You'll look forward to those days and you'll be more likely to eat healthy on the other days in preparation.
Nothing puts the consumer-heavy holidays in perspective like volunteering. Try a local food drive or soup kitchen. It'll help you appreciate the true meaning of the season. Plus, the people you help will be so grateful for your services that it’ll really make the holidays extra special.
4) Ask for Help When You Need It!
So you're hosting a party, running the school's Christmas pageant, and buying gifts for 20+ people and you're thinking you can do it all on your own? Ask for help! Nothing kills the Christmas spirit faster than stress. Have some close friends stop by to help with party prep. Change the menu to a potluck, and implement a Secret Santa gift exchange instead of buying each person a present. There's no need to take it all on yourself, people are happy to help!
5) Enjoy the Baking!
Baking Christmas cookies should be about the experience, they don't need to be gourmet. Yes, you may have your great-great-aunt's famous recipe for Snickerdoodles in hand, but don't feel bad if you don't have time to make cookies entirely from scratch. Depending on your expertise and amount of free time, a box cake or premade cookie dough is fine. You can still make it your own with fun toppings or decorations!
6) Get Creative with Decorating Hacks!
2015 has been the year of hacks! Whether on Pinterest, Facebook or YouTube, there are tons of creative minds coming up with small ways to make our lives easier (such as using a plastic bottle to suck out egg yolks when separating them from the whites, or using a tie-hanger to store your tank-tops). The same is true for decorating—things like turning your festive cookie cutters into ornaments, turning muffin trays into advent calendars, or using photos to make a Christmas tree garland. The possibilities are endless. There are countless ways to cut corners without losing any of the holiday cheer!