Stress Less Holiday Challenge – Week 3: Family! Week three is all about Family! Check out our daily challenges on our Facebook group!
This is Cassie and I’m here to talk to you about our Stress Less Holiday Challenge. Join our Facebook Group for lots of tips, reminders, girl power and support all through the month of November! We all know that it takes a village and that’s why we started the group, so we all can stay sane and happy through the holidays! Let’s be honest we started this because I need help. Kimmer and Amber know that they need to help me as much as they can.
The holiday’s with family can get crazy! Especially when we have crazy families. Mine is definitely crazy fun! It’s hard to balance the family and the in-laws, parties, and do activities and not go insane! Here are the challenges for you this week!
November 13 – Calendar and Make a Pattern: First thing, today you need to break out that calendar that Amber told you to pull out on November 1st. Plan out the parties, get togethers and everything. If you are like Matt and me, our families both live in the same city so we currently try to do both families on the holidays. (Yes. We are nuts.) Write down times and plans, sometimes it’s hard to get your family to nail down exact plans. If you are newly weds then establish a pattern. We tried to plan our thanksgivings around our siblings we would be at Matt’s family on the same year as his siblings and vice versa. Now since Matt and I do both families we make one family the priority each year.
November 14 – Family Traditions: What are your family traditions? Our Christmas Eve tradition has always been to have pizza. Now we make different types of pizza, each couple brings ingredients for different types of pizza and everyone tries the different types. As you can imagine this takes a little prep.
Go through your traditions and figure out which ones you want to do, and which ones you want to ditch this year. What do you need to execute each one with out a hitch. I’m totally a list person, I don’t want to be going to the grocery store the night before to get something I have forgotten. Write out what you need and what traditions you are going to do in general. As a child I swear we had so many traditions we had to start at noon on Christmas Eve just so we could finish the traditions by 11pm.
Be realistic. Don’t expect miracles. Don’t do the same old thing. Don’t over do it. Don’t worry about how things are suppose to be.
November 15 – Party Planning: There are so many different types of Christmas Parties and it’s hard to remember everything you need when you have so much going on!
Sit down and write out what each party entails. Plan out what you are going to get for those white elephant parties and other parties.
November 16 – Non-Holiday Family Activities: With Christmas around the corner, money is usually tight. But you’re going to have your kids home for almost two whole weeks. Find activities that are cheap and easy. I look for activities that will keep the kids occupied for a long period of time, and that doesn’t require a lot of effort.
- cookie decorating
- indoor camping/tent building
- build a snow fort
- making homemade playdoh
- Build a ginger bread house
- Make a race track through the house and race cars
- Make indoor hopscotch or tic tac toe with painters tape
Be creative and find activities that fit your kids. There are tons of websites that can help you find what you are looking for! Add these activities to your calendar.
November 17 – Family Shopping Trips: Decide when you’re going to go Christmas shopping and who you can take with you and who you can’t. Also, find a sitter and make a plan. I’m super weird, but I’m all about lists. When I shop I like to be in and out, I like to be as efficient as possible. I would research what I want to get to buy for each person online. If I can’t buy it online then I would write down where I’m going to buy everything and plan out the order I’m going to go from store to store. Save time and money if you have a plan.
November 18 – Plan a free day: This is for your sanity. You need a free day and so do your kids. Pick a day or two over the holiday that you can let your kids play with their new toys. That they can go with their friends, that you can decompress.
November 19 – Holiday Suggestion Box: I don’t know if this will even work, but as in teaching, you try things out and then if it doesn’t work next year you don’t do it again. Or you do it again and change it to make it work. So I know that kids love having choices and input. Consider letting your kids put their suggestions of what they would like to do over the holiday in a box. Then you could go through the activities and throw away anything not realistic or too expensive. Then draw them out of the box on a day that the kids are bored and you need something to do. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.
These are simply my thoughts and suggestions, but I am not an authority! Let us know what you think, any ideas you have or help us all be better; go join our Facebook Group share your thoughts! Help your sisters out!