Christmas is the most amazing time of the year, but man is it busy!!!! Concerts, parties, baking, shopping, decorating, dinners, breakfasts…. It’s honestly impressive I don’t drink more in December.
Decorate when you can. If it works best for you to decorate in October before Halloween, then do that! If it’s 2 days before Christmas, then do that! My son’s birthday is in December so for the first 10 years of his life, I refused to decorate the house until after his Birthday as I wanted to keep the two days very separated. This resulted in me being super overwhelmed the week before Christmas with the worst-looking Christmas tree. Turns out my son is perfectly happy with the house decorated for Christmas on his birthday. I was stressing myself out for nothing.
For more of my Christmas decor ideas, click here.
Every year I am in a Christmas Cookie Exchange. I have to bake 13 dozen of a specific cookie. In return, I get 12 different cookies plus a night with my friends laughing. My go-to cookie recipes are my mom’s peanut butter balls (I can’t give that recipe out), Hot Chocolate Cookies, or Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Truffles. I’ve won “Best Cookie” for all 3 of these recipes, so feel free to use one of them.
For Decorating go to Dollarama, get some tins and some pretty ribbon.
AMAZON and online shopping!!!! but do it early or the packages will be late. I have major anxiety in crowded areas so I have honestly hated Christmas shopping in the malls in December. Amazon and online shopping have made my life less stressful.
Gift suggestions I have for you are:
Food and alcohol are like the staples of the holidays. There are 4 main feasts I prepare: Christmas eve dinner, Christmas breakfast, Lunch, and Christmas dinner.
Christmas Eve Dinner:
Christmas Eve dinner is super relaxed at my house. We do mozzarella sticks, sausage rolls, nachos, and potato skins. I then load up the table with items from the cookie exchange, candy, and other junk food.
After the insanity of Christmas morning, we make breakfast. Reindeer pancakes have been an absolute staple since my kids were super little. Last year (18 and 14) they still requested them, so I’m now convinced I’m going to be making them for them when they’re in their 30s.
I also make hash browns, eggs, bacon, sausage, and fruit.
I like to do up platters for the family to pick off throughout the day. It keeps them out of my kitchen while I’m cooking dinner, but also encourages them to come out and hang out by me while they munch on food.
My platters include crackers, bread, fruit, pepperonis, salamis, and cheeses. I also put out a veggie tray, cheese ball, and of course a ton of Christmas junk food.
Christmas dinner is feast:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cranberry Sauce
- Roasted Broccoli
- Roasted Carrots
and for dessert, we return to the gigantic amount of junk food we some how accumulated.
What are your best tips, tricks, and absolute must-have’s for preparing for christmas, I would love to hear about them in the comment section.