Surviving the Christmas Holidays, featuring my Christmas Puddings

5 Tips For Parents ‘Surviving’ The Christmas Holidays

There’s no doubt about it – it can be a stressful time of year for us parents. I’ve put together a little list of things that could help parents during the coming weeks aka ‘surviving’ the Christmas Holidays!


By getting other family members to help with the food preparation, we are then able to enjoy those special moments that we want to be a part of too – playing with new toys, reading new books. Giving other people jobs to do means that we don’t need to be stuck in the kitchen all day missing out. It can be hard to relinquish control (especially if you are a bit of a control freak like me!) but it’s always worth it to make those memories.

Get the kids Involved

No, it won’t be done perfectly, but does it matter? Getting the kids involved helps channel their excited Christmas energy into something useful and helps you out too – think laying the table, tidying and even making some of the food!

Keep track of engagements

It’s SO easy to say yes to everything and burn yourself out over Christmas. Try to keep BIG social engagements to 2 a week maximum to avoid coming out of the holidays more exhausted than you started them!

Steal some time

For yourself! Read a book, watch a movie, take a bubble bath, go for a walk. Try and find some time alone to recharge and regroup.

Break the rules

We set rules for our household all year long, in the Christmas holidays you can give everyone a break and save some sanity (and nagging) by allowing things you wouldn’t usually. I’m talking about watching an extra hour of TV, staying up a little later, wearing pyjamas all day etc. Chocolate for breakfast, anyone? 😉

Last of all, remember to enjoy it! It can be a manic time for those of us with little ones but it won’t be long until they’re sleeping in until 1pm on Christmas Day following a late night out on the town! Relish those excited little faces and enjoy the magic of Christmas while you can.

If you have found Christmas organising this year really stressful on top of an already jam packed schedule – why don’t you get in touch with a virtual assistant – we don’t just help small business owners, we can help busy professionals and busy parents by taking on some of their ‘life admin’ and helping them claw back time to do all the festive fun things they really want to be doing! Next year maybe it will be a little less ‘surviving’ the Christmas Holidays and a little more relaxing and enjoying!

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