Christmas is approaching fast, but if you’re a working mum you’re probably at work right up until the big day.
It feels very “un-festive” working so close to Christmas and doesn’t really give you much opportunity to get everything sorted before the big day arrives.
Hopefully, my list of ways to cope with last-minute Christmas stress will help…
A small suggestion but if you forget the batteries your Christmas morning is going to be hell! I went to the pound shop in my lunch break the other day and stocked up with enough to hopefully last until after Boxing Day. A simple tip to avoid unnecessary Christmas stress!
Build big toys
You definitely don’t want to waste time or paper wrapping big toys like kitchens or dolls houses, and you definitely want to avoid having to build them on Christmas morning when you have a million other things to do. A late night building toys on Christmas Eve is worth reducing the stress of impatient children on Christmas morning!
This is definitely a note to self! I always seem to spend Christmas Eve night wrapping presents, so I’m really trying to spend an hour or two each evening getting through them this time. As well as saving last-minute panic it also means Christmas Eve can be spent on more important things like films, wine and chocolate!
Prepare dinner the night before
This is actually a tip from my husband as I have never cooked Christmas dinner myself and don’t plan to any time soon! He always prepares the veg and the turkey the night before so that on Christmas day it just needs going in the oven. It also means that half of the washing up is done the night before.
Lay the table in advance
I lay the table the day before so that it’s all done and looking lovely. This way you can also make sure you’ve got everything you need. Last year I actually realised after laying the table on Christmas Eve afternoon that we were 1 fork short, god knows how but I’m glad we didn’t realise on Christmas morning!
Charge your camera
I’m planning on using my ‘proper’ camera to take photos this Christmas and I still need to remember to charge the battery. Christmas is such a special time with kids you don’t want to miss out on taking a ridiculous number of photos because your camera or phone battery ran out halfway through opening presents.
Buy a few extra boxes of chocolates/bottles of wine
It’s always a good idea to have a little stockpile of extra gifts just in case you have an unexpected visit from a neighbour or long lost family member. All supermarkets do good 2 for 1 deals in the run up to Christmas so just buy a couple each time you pop to the supermarket. And if they don’t get used, you’ve got a good supply of wine and chocolate for yourself.
Set the Christmas films to record
Come Christmas day afternoon the kids are tired and getting annoying, and you’re shattered so having a few Christmas programmes recorded from earlier is a good idea to keep them entertained for a bit. And to get yourself a well-earned snooze while they watch a movie.
If after all that you’re still feeling stressed, check out this great post full of practical tips for managing holiday stress. You might also want to check my Busy Mum’s Christmas Planning Checklist for next year to avoid last-minute stresses!
Good luck for the big day, hope you and your families have a great Christmas!