Is it just me or does one of the most amazing times of year seem a little more intense (for most) than any other? Yes, it's holiday season. 12 weeks till Christmas!! Yay! Guest lists, to-do lists, shopping lists and the grocery list. Checks, but at times no balance. We get all wound up and by the time it's over, it feels like we missed the memories.
This year, might I suggest a different approach? Of course, prepare. By all means, have your lists because a prepared host is a great one. My suggestion, however, is that we have a different perspective. Focus on the experience instead of things being perfect.
Let's start with guests - Sure you want towels, seating and definitely food, but most of all you want it to be memorable and fun. So, for instance, if your in-laws are visiting, have a gift, card or dessert that reminds them of something special in their marriage that will have them enjoying each other while you get a brief break as they travel down memory lane.
Now moving to dinner - The big shindig meal is all planned out, but no one wants to spend the whole time in the kitchen. So for nights leading up to the family dinner plan a night out for everyone. Then have a pizza night and include a kids choice dinner. Still staying within your budget, but out of the kitchen.
Last but not least, gifts - Presentation is everything! Have a wrapping session. No silly, not of each other's gifts. This wrapping session is for gifts to coworkers, neighbors, teachers, best friends, etc... You've got all these extra hands, why not share in the fun of making someone else's holidays special. You and your family can wrap up the holidays on a high note.
These are just a few ideas to make your holidays a little less hectic. Most of all be sure to capture moments for more than Instagram and enjoy!
Now I'd love to hear from you. Tell me which of these suggestions will be in your holiday happenings or if you have any holiday hacks, please share in the comments below.