5 Tips To A Very Merry Christmas
The festivities are about to kick off and before you know it we’ll be in full swing Christmas hibernation surrounded by family, toys, sweets, treats, wine and endless Christmas movies…bliss!
Don’t open that tin of roses just yet though, here are a few things to keep in mind during the holidays and we hope they come in handy.
Try not to feel the pressure to attend every Christmas party, event or gathering. There will almost always be something exciting on every night over the holidays but these can also take over and mean organising babysitters, taxis, meals for baby and not to mention that sluggish morning after feeling!
If you need to visit a party but know that you can’t stay too long, simply let the host know, that way when you’re leaving you won’t be urged to stay and you’re not causing any disappointment. If all else fails…blame the baby!!
Find a Helping Hand
Christmas eve can also be the perfect opportunity to prepare for Christmas dinner. Make this a joint task and ask your little one (if they’re old enough) to help out in washing the veg or setting the table..all these little things help and can also break up the long day spent waiting for Santa to arrive!
The Reality Vs The Expectation
This is an important one: Your home should not replicate the cover of a glossy interior design magazine…do not expect it to. Your living room will most likely be filled with wrapping paper, ribbons, batteries and hatchimal shells!! Accept it..embrace the madness and enjoy the carnage…it’s Christmas!
Take A Breather
This is possibly the most important one and it’s definitely something we are all guilty of forgetting to fit in during the holidays.
A drive to the nearest woods, beach or even a brisk walk around the block can do wonders. Either alone or with the family, the fresh air and movement will undoubtedly improve your mood and ensure you’re ready for more festive action upon return.
Enjoy The Little Things
Each family has a tradition, they may be silly or strange to others but a family tradition is something that your children will remember forever. Start new traditions or continue old ones and always try to be in the moment (technology free) in order to savour them!
The Pip & Pear Team