Think of the Holidays as an “event” and the planning will pay off!
The Festive Season is now upon us!
And for many people, that means stress filled days of shopping, wrapping and cooking. Though you may not think of it this way, the Holidays are indeed an “event” that requires planning in order to flow smoothly. Here are a few suggestions on how you can decrease the stress and increase your enjoyment of the Holidays:
1) Plan your work and work your Plan.
This will mean different things to different people; what I’m thinking is this – if you know you’re hosting dinner for the entire family one night, find a time to sit down and really think about what you want to do, ideally 10-14 days ahead of time. Work out the menu (are you doing a plated 5 course dinner or a more casual buffet), the décor (the tree, the entry hall, crackers on the tables, etc), the music or entertainment (it could be Handel’s Messiah or How The Grinch Stole Christmas), then put deadlines beside each item, so you know what you need to have done by what day. Even set up a timeline for the day of the dinner, so you know what time the casserole has to go in the oven and when to chill the wine. Working from a list means I don’t have to keep it all in my head, and at this busy time of year, it keeps me sane!
2) Delegate. I’m not saying get everyone else to do it for you, but ask for help when you need it. If you’ve got the whole family coming for a meal, ask someone to bring the veggies or the wine. The kids can help you wrap gifts for their grandparents or cousins (does it have to look perfect, or will it be nicer for Grandma to know that little Suzy wrapped it for her?). By involving more people in the process, you may find you get to relax more and it will still get done.
3) Keep some small gift items at the house for drop in guests. This can include cookies you’ve got in the freezer packed into a nice tin, a package of hankies, a nice Christmas ornament. If you wrap a few extra when you’re doing all the other gifts, it won’t be a panic when Uncle Mel arrives unannounced!
4) And remember to take some time for yourself. That may be a bubble bath with a glass of wine, a walk with the family, or a girls’ night at the movies. If you need a getaway, remember that White Point is open and we’ve got lots of wine LOL!
I hope these ideas bring you some ‘comfort and joy’ this season.
If we can be of assistance in your Holiday planning, please email or call Karen or I. We’d love to hear from you.
(PS. In case you missed it, check out my November’s blog posting on Green Christmas ideas)
Alana Hirtle, CMP
White Point’s Event Services Manager