On The First Day Of Parenting –  Preparing To Survive Christmas #12daysofparenting

On The First Day Of Parenting – Preparing To Survive Christmas

#12daysofparenting Day 1 Preparing To Survive Christmas

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On The First Day Of Parenting – Preparing To Survive Christmas

Wow, how did that happen? It’s 13th December…12 days before Christmas. The Christmas countdown has well and truly begun. Christmas can be a really stressful time for parents! In the background us parents are working our backsides off to make Christmas our own version of perfect for our families and loved ones. No doubt we will all have our children’s Christmas school performances to attend, last minute presents to buy as our kiddies ask Santa for yet another gift that they have spotted on an advert. Putting up the decorations. We will all have lists miles long with things we need to buy such as batteries and Blutac, lists of things we need to remember to do, Christmas card lists etc. The panic is setting in, times running out. In between work and family life, us parents always manage to do it regardless of the stress it causes.

This is my 16th year playing Santa…I have learnt that preparation is the key.

Here’s my top tips for Preparing To Survive Christmas

  • Invest in a Christmas planner. Somewhere to put everything Christmas related. Gift lists, Card lists, budget planner, to do lists, shopping lists, recipes, menus etc. This is a must for me.
  • Shop online and arrange deliveries for convenient dates and times.
  • Buy your gift cards from the supermarket, saves you a trip to town centres and shopping centres
  • Buy stamps in advance. Check out Royal Mail Uk and International Last Postage Date 2017
  • Although Black Friday is amazing for bargains but don’t rely on it as stock can get sold out.
  • Buy gifts throughout  the year when items are on sale or discounted.
  • Buy frozen foods as it can be bought 2-4 weeks in advance. This is less stress than having to buy fresh and saves the last minute rush.
  • If cooking Christmas dinner for the family, arrange for each guest to bring some food so everyone chips in.
  • Pinterest is an amazing website that I add to throughout the year in preparation for Christmas.
  • If travelling check out local and national weather and travel updates.
  • If you or a family member is taking medication, make sure they have enough for the Christmas season.
  • Wrap as you go, or do a bulk wrap but label each gift so you can use the same wrapping paper for different people. (wrapping is my pet hate)
  • Know your cooking times. Here’s something I pulled from the NHS Turkey cooking times
  • Don’t stress, the supermarkets are only closed early on Christmas eve and Christmas day. Majority open again on Boxing day.
  • When wrapping kids toys check what batteries you need to buy to avoid Christmas day meltdowns.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself…go with the flow, focus on making happy memories and having fun.

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