Winter is coming!
I know, I know that has been used to death, but the truth is winter is already here and Thanksgiving is gone. Christmas is only a couple of weeks away and the last minute shopping has begun. Did you know this is the absolutely most stressful time of the year? And I was told it was suppose to be the happiest.
When getting ready for the entire family to come over for Christmas its always a good idea to make sure everything is in working order. I have experienced the failures of a home during the holidays before and they are without a doubt one of the worst things that can happen. Making sure everything is up to snuff is not only a good idea, but if your family is like mine, it’s a necessity.
Decorating for the Holidays.
I have decorated every year for the holidays. It’s a great family tradition we do on the evening of Thanksgiving and seemingly through December. All of this for one day of excitement and family. It’s a lot to deal with and we all know it’s coming but we’re never fully prepared and that’s ok. Don’t stress during the holidays. Even when nothing seems to go according to plan, let it go. This is the time of year for everyone to be together no matter what. We are still family even if all of our shit doesn’t seem to be together.
Mother’s take on way too much during the holidays, with all of the shopping, cooking and cleaning. Relax! Though it may seem a daunting task decorations can be simple. The tree is the focal point for everyone.
Start with the tree and then work out from there. Don’t overload everything into one day. If all the lights don’t get put up and you don’t win the best house of the season, I promise people will still like you. When you decorate your tree, spend time looking through all of the Christmas ornaments you or your children have made through the years and remember the joy it brings.
Move through the rest of the house one room at a time. My children think that they have to have lights in their rooms, so from the tree I move to there. Stringing up lights in there room is most of the time useless, seeing as how those two boys are going to at some point tear them down playing baseball or some UFC style fighting match before Christmas even shows up. But they love them until they do!
I love the wreath’s hanging on the door and welcoming everyone in with a piece of warm comfort, so I move to there next. From the front door wreath, I move into the kitchen and arrange the table. Usually by this point my husband says he’s going to put up lights outside and just goes to the shop to drink beer. (He thinks I don’t know) I try to slowly look around while drinking a glass of wine to ensure that I’m not stressed and see what else I might want to put up. Usually it’s the stockings since they’re the easiest thing to do. I really should start with them, but since they’re so easy it goes hand in hand with drinking wine.
Cleaning before the big day.
This is something we all stress about. I believed for along time that you had to do it all the day before and I would just about kill myself to do it. Now, as I get a little older, I realize that it is ok to clean a little everyday for the entire week, instead of cramming. I’m by nature a clean freak, so everything, other than my sons rooms, is usually always clean. I have come to the realization that no one ever even noticed that I took my husband’s toothbrush to clean the little cracks in the China cabinet. Don’t worry he won’t die I just use a little bit of water.
I’m tired of being stressed out all the time, and dang sure don’t want to be while my children are seeing what Santa Claus has brought. We all need to relax and realize it’s ok if everything is not absolutely perfect all the time and most definitely to a point of not really enjoying what is going on around us. Let’s enjoy the holidays and see what it’s really all about.