Holidays are stressful enough for most. There’s food to be prepared, friends to entertain and family visits with children, grands and often times with even their 4-legged pets in tow. So what’s an otherwise organized individual to do?
#1 – PLAN – Pure and simple. Schedule everything on a well-spaced calendar. List each event. Refrain from over-scheduling with activities that aren’t geared toward the ultimate goal/event, i.e. preparing for the annual Sing-a-long Group’s Holiday Dinner may take precedence over an impromptu lunch or shopping invitation. Rain checks or a suggested substitute date or time may be all that’s necessary to stay on schedule and to remain stress-free.
#2 – PREPARE – Preparation is key. Prepare for everything – including the
unexpected! Think three extra mouths to feed at the last moment! Shopping and cooking on the same day may prove to be too much during the holidays. So prepare your shopping list one day, review it the next, and shop on Day 3. Day 4 begin the actual baking or cooking with plans of freezing any dish that can be pulled easily out of the freezer and at the last minute popped into the oven. Even the pumpkin and pecan pies can be assembled, baked and then frozen while waiting for their debut. (Hint: For those who may want some pie guidance this holiday season, go to ThePieAcademy.com for some great advice).
#3 – PERFECT EXECUTION – Review your plan, review your preparation and think about each aspect of each event. And, most importantly, don’t forget to breathe. Ask yourself – how can I make this holiday more special than the last while maintaining past traditions, yet introduce something new and fresh?
And should you not have much on your social calendar this time around, ask yourself this: How can I make someone’s holiday special? Whether you decide to invite the Book Club over for an impromptu Sunday Brunch or work at a community homeless shelter, enjoy the holidays. Either way, you’re bound to make someone’s day truly special! And, really, isn’t that what its all about? May your holidays be filled with all that make you and those around you smile.