I don’t want to survive the holidays, I want to enjoy them. For me, the key is all in the pacing. Too much to do all at once and I crumble like a Christmas cookie. So I try to focus on the couple of things that make Christmas Christmassey for me and work at them little by little. One thing that helps a tonne: being able to pick up my supplies all in one place. Can you guess which one? That’s right, Target! Here are my favourite finds for the must-do’s on my list.
Pillow, arrangement, ribbon and white and gold wrapping paper, Target
DECORATING I have trouble keeping on top of the house at the best of times, so I really prefer a more minimal approach to holiday decor. I love the hits of red and gold here in the living room. (The base of the arrangement is wood but I painted it gold to contrast with the table.)
The presents drive the kids crazy (heh heh) and do easy double-duty as decor. We’ll pick up our tree about a week before Christmas and decorate it Christmas Eve. (Pacing! All about the pacing!)
Tray, Sharpies, cards, stamp and stamp pad, washi tape and peppermint M&Ms, Target
WRITING CHRISTMAS CARDS You’d think I’d be all about the baking, and I am, but what really makes me feel like the holidays are here is curling up on a comfy chair with a blanket and writing Christmas cards. I used to spend ages writing lengthy personal messages in each one and really enjoy it but have scaled back to just a quick little greeting. I mean, they say “Happy Holidays” right on them, right? I sit down with my cards at the beginning of December and write anywhere from 30 to 40 over the course of a week/week and a half. And go through a lot of peppermint m&ms.
Cards and thank you stamp, Target
Sending thank you cards (both from us and the kids) is also a must, so I like to make sure we’ve got cards on hand to write between Christmas and New Year’s.
Forks, cups, wood cutting board, pink and green bowl, paper plate, napkins and fan decorations, Target
ENTERTAINING I want my kids to remember Christmas as a happy time to spend with friends and family and the holidays are the perfect time to turn a playdate into a party. (Well maybe not the perfect time if you’re already crazy busy.) We usually have a handful of the kids’ friends over for a little shindig sometime in December and spend a couple of weeks before planning the activities, food and decor. Last year we did a couple of Christmas crafts, decorated cookies and played Twister (all of which you could totally find at Target).
I love a touch of fancy, don’t you? With store-bought cupcakes, cinnamon buns and fruit for snacking, this took no time to throw together.
How do you approach the holidays, friends? Do you run slow and steady, or do a last-minute sprint? What activities make Christmas Christmassey for you?
Oh, and congratulations to the winner of the Better Life giveaway, Elena Stocco! You win a prize pack of Better Life cleaning products.
I partnered with Target for this post.