“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful” Norman Vincent Peale.
Christmas is just around the corner and am so excited ; not only about the day but the general festive season. Its a time like no other, it’s special and it just feels good.
However,not every one here gets to go away on holiday. Some people like me have family coming over for the holidays.
It’s almost feels like the first time that I get to celebrate with family. For many years I was always away for work . And it feels really special to be home this time to celebrate and entertain.
And with that said I want to enjoy the holiday fully and still maintain my sanity. I mention sanity because my family and I will not only be hosting adults but kids too. And especially this time when we want to see everyone happy we might forget to take care and make ourselves happy too.
So I’ve come up with strategies to make sure that even though we will be hosting . We will not be worn out by trying to keep everyone happy . But my family and I will enjoy the holidays as much as everyone else.
- I will let the house be a home. What I mean by this is that I will not obsess with having everything organized and neat. With kids in the house it will definitely get messy. And trying to make sure everything is in place can drive anyone insane. So, this time I’ll try to lower that standard and let things be. As long as no one is in danger and everyone is happy that’s all that counts.
- Delegate duties; Having about 10 people in a house where you want to be the super host can drain anyone to the bones. So my plan is to do the much I can. And when my batteries are running low I’ll not shy away from accepting any help offered, and also delegating tasks.
- Entertaining the kids ; I will stock up all the best holiday movies . Just to make sure I have something for the kids to watch everyday or every few hours. This will keep them entertained and occupied enough to give the parents a break.
- And last but not least get out of the house every once in a while. Being within four walls with endless tasks to accomplish can be exhausting. Am thinking of organizing trips on alternate days and also going out to a kid’s play area and where they’ve got good food to keep everyone happy.
And with that said; I think am well equipped to have fun and maintain my sanity this holiday. Am curious to know what everyone else is doing to make the most of the holidays. Feel free to share your strategies and plans in the comments section below.
“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” Edna Ferber.
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