Surviving the Silly Season: Managing Christmas Prep

I was sure I would keep our Christmas stresses to a minimum this year.  We aren’t hosting or having anyone over for Christmas this year, but instead we seem to have found ourselves contributing to two Christmas days, which of course means lots of food preparation for me. Although this post is coming a little late, I thought I was share my strategy for getting through it all.

I feel as though we make ourselves so busy these days, why should the holidays be the time to make it worse?  Why not make it as easy for ourselves as we can?

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We went minimalist this year – decorating our house with lights and this minimalist tree that deters the cats

My first tip is to pace your tasks.  Don’t leave it all until the last minute!  I spent some time this week making a plan for the things I have to make, I made a shopping list, and today I am going out early to get the shopping for all of it.  To make our planning harder, hubby has a birthday tomorrow so today I am fitting in his birthday cake as well as Christmas prep.

My plan goes as follows:

Our first Christmas celebrations are on the 24th; making pavlova, rum balls, gingerbread biscuits and a salad.  The second is on Christmas day; brownie trifle, Christmas cake and a weet-bix slice.

Sunday 22nd

  • Confirm meal plans and any other meals you will need over the next few days
  • Confirm shopping list
  • Do the grocery shopping early
  • Prep rum balls and gingerbread cookies
  • Make hubby’s birthday cake
  • Tonight’s dinner – quiche loraine (this will leave us leftovers for following nights)
  • Wrap the last of Christmas presents

Monday 23rd

  • Soak fruit for Christmas cake

Tuesday 24th

  • Salad
  • Trifle
  • Weet-bix slice
  • Cook Christmas cake

Then on Wednesday – Christmas day we don’t have anything to do but just show up.  I think Christmas preparation is getting bigger and bigger every year, and the easiest way to get through it is to delegate tasks to your guests, this is what both our families have done this year.  Give everyone a task, if you’re happy to cook the meat, have guests cover nibbles, dessert, salads, and sides.  Take the stress out of the day, and then at the end of the day they can all take their leftovers home and reduce the amount you have to clean up on the day.

My biggest tip is don’t leave the groceries and meal prep until the last minute!Alternatively – buy things pre-made!  I’m not that organised!

About myhousewifelifeblog

I am a nurse by trade, and a traditional "de facto" housewife by nature. Constantly seeking a more organised existence. I like to cook, sew and play my keyboard. I try to keep my house organised but I've not yet mastered this, and I am endeavouring to reach my image of ultimate organisation at home. I'm not sure if it's possible, but I'll give it a go.
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