*This is a contributed post. I only accept contributed posts when I feel they can be relevant to the readers of Sunshine and Holly.*
When people think of Santa’s little helpers, they imagine a bunch of tiny elves with pointy shoes, hats with bells, and little green outfits, each of them whistling while they work at their warehouse in the North Pole.
Spoiler alert – they don’t exist.
Santa’s helpers are actually tired, frazzled, and physically/mentally exhausted moms that want to make this holiday season the best one yet. They’re the ones making the lists and checking them twice, fighting the Christmas shopping crowds, stocking up on wrapping paper, and buying all the ingredients for the traditional Christmas dinner.
It’s hard work, but this year it’s going to be different. I’ve got some time-saving tips that will make the holidays an absolute breeze. You may even get a chance to prop your feet up and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, spiked with some Irish cream or peppermint schnapps, of course. Cheers, mamas!
The No-Hassle Holiday Card
Instead of losing all your saliva and patience to a bunch of stamps and envelopes, try using a more automated and ingenious system, which is easily done online. Just pick the adorable family photograph you want to use, upload a mailing list, and then leave it. Yup, just like that, the Christmas cards are done and you can get on with the rest of your to-do list.
Easier Everyday Meals
All the focus on food seems to land on two big dates – Thanksgiving and Christmas. But what about the rest of your meals? When you’re planning a holiday meal, the everyday meal planning usually takes a back seat. Even to the point where you end up stopping by the grocery store on your way home from picking the kids up at school, or swinging through the drive through for some fast food. Again. However, joining a menu planning service will not only save you time and money, it will also help you and your family enjoy nutritious and delicious meals without any panicking at the last minute when someone asks, “What’s for dinner?”
Gift Buying Doesn’t Need To Be Complex
Honestly, gift giving during Christmas has just gotten out of hand. We all think it, and we all know it, which is good news because it just takes one person in your family to say it out loud for a collective sigh of relief to escape. Kids tend to be a different story because, whatever your views, presents have become a huge part of the excitement. Swapping gifts with your friends and family, though, is something that you should consider limiting, or just cutting out altogether. Christmas is hectic enough without having to rush around looking for an above mediocre gift that your second-cousin may like.
Moms Can Outsource Too
Everyone thinks that outsourcing is something exclusively reserved for businesses, but it isn’t. Moms can outsource too! Sometimes it’s OK to admit that we can’t do it all. Need homemade crafts for the school fundraiser? Why not purchase some from an Etsy seller instead of spending hours doing them yourself? Or what about ordering Christmas dinner from a restaurant? If you put the food in your own serving dishes, no one would ever know it’s not homemade! Whatever it is, outsourcing certain tasks is a great way to manage your time better.
What are some things you do to save yourself time and energy during the busy holiday season?