Celebrating the holidays is a wonderful family time, but complicating the celebrations is easy to do. With a house full of children and the many responsibilities of a day, I wanted to share these 10 holiday celebration timesavers to ease the stress - and workload. Nothing fancy- just simple shortcuts to save time. Perhaps one or two of these ideas will help you in holiday preparation or celebration!
10 Holiday Celebration Timesavers
1. Plan your work; work your plan.
Even if you'd not typically a planner, taking a few moments to write lists can save a ton of time in the long run, whether it is for meals,shopping, or a schedule.
2. Use gift bags instead of wrapping paper.
3. Keep the decorations simple.
Candles are always easy and elegant. A fresh wreath makes a huge impact.
4. Prepare Christmas breakfast ahead of time.
Whether you choose an overnight casserole or simply bake the muffins and freeze ahead, having at least some portion of Christmas morning breakfast prepared allows for more time to enjoy family.
5. Reflect before running "out to the store."
Can I do this task at a more suitable time in regards to traffic, work hours, etc?
6. Simplify your holiday schedule.
Allow time margins to enjoy each event, rather than rushing from one to the next.
7. Prepare wrapping supplies and print gift tags in advance.
Whether you are a "wrap as you go" person or a "do it all at once" person, having your supplies in one organized place can be pivotal. You can find a wonderful set of free printable gift tags with Bible verses right here.
8. If you need to mail items, do your best to make one trip for cards and all packages.
9. Limit the number of "new" holiday activities.
Trying five new cookie recipes may not be the most efficient use of time. Drop it down to two and then try the others later in the winter when time is not as tight.
10. Capture teaching moments in the moment.
And there you have it- just a few ideas for holiday celebration timesavers!
Do you have a holiday celebration timesaver that keeps you sane?
We'd love it if you'd share it!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!