Tips for handling (any) holiday when guests are coming

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 12/7/2016 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine had a post this morning which inspired me to post this. She said that for holidays, she makes certain foods ahead, and does some cleaning over several days. I thought these were great ideas. We surely need coping skills when any holiday rolls around. Too easy to get burnt out!

I like to start early, too. I actually wrote out my Christmas cards in late October, then stamped them in late November. I sent them all off this week.

For Thanksgiving, it helps me to start working (light cleaning, etc.) on Monday, and I'll do things like wash up the china plates and "better" serving bowls, etc.. As the week progresses, I do things like get the veggies ready for the relish tray, cut up onions and celery for the dressing, etc.. Every day there's a few more things to do. The pies are made on Wednesday. Much less stress and work on Thursday, and I can enjoy the day and guests.

How about Christmas? We don't have lots of sweets around, but I do put a few aside when I make candy or cookies for our church fundraiser in early December. I don't bake any cookies or make any candy beyond that. I guess it boils down to doing whatever you can ahead of time.

I'd love to hear how the rest of you handle the holidays, so they're not too tiring or overwhelming. Thanks in advance for any ideas. :-)
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Ljm2014
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   Posted 12/8/2016 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I think pacing is the only way to help...our temps are plunging..

Which is causing a flare..ouch..

But we had some old furniture moved out today..to get new tomorrow, which started a cleaning project that i had not intended..

Tomorrow is a whole new day..

Acheybody
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   Posted 12/8/2016 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I am always and forever playing catch-up in so many areas of my life....and I'm in awe of those of you who seem to be so on top of things!

Actually, I'm doing somewhat better than usual this year. I've done a lot of my Christmas shopping and even rounded up some boxes to put the stuff in. But then, I also spent far too much time choosing wrapping paper ;)

Pacing, yes, is the answer! Now to actually begin wrapping.

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Ljm2014
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   Posted 12/12/2016 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not to the wrapping part yet, well except for hostess gifts as we go to things..

Hubby will help, but i select everything and color coordinate, he puts the paper on the boxes, then i do name tags and bows...

Our weather might get iffy which could change some dates this weekend..our lists are unending in december , thats for sure..

Lj

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   Posted 12/12/2016 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I did part of my shopping online. I did the rest in one store.
Now to start wrapping them. Thank goodness for gift bags. 😆
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Sherrine
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   Posted 12/12/2016 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I start Christmas shopping right after Christmas. I get next year''s cards at 50% off and can start them early in the fall. I buy things when I see something one of my kids would like...all year around...and stash it in a closet. This way, there isn't the huge bite out of the budget all at the same time.

I wrapped Christmas gifts and shipped my boxes up north a week and a half before Thanksgiving. I truly believe the packages are handled more carefully since there isn't a deluge for the postal workers.

When my children were little, I'd make my cut out sugar cookies and freeze them at least a month and a half before Christmas. I then would get them out of the freezer, glaze and decorate them when Christmas was right around the corner. I also made quite a few bar cookies and this made life easier for me.

By doing things ahead of time, I'm not so tired and can enjoy the season. Friday I'm having a Christmas luncheon and have mapped out my menu and what days I'll do what leading up to the luncheon. I write it all down so I don't forget the little details.

Sherrine

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Ljm2014
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   Posted 12/13/2016 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I am definitely with sherrine on writing it down!!

I keep a running list for a few days out and for the week and i just wrote my special projects list for february..

We are very busy in december and january..so i am making that list for when hopefully things will be slower...

One thing for sure , i work slower now..so i have to pace..

Sherrine
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   Posted 12/13/2016 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Another great thing about lists is you can cross off things as you complete them and it makes you feel good when you see what you are accomplishing! That's time to give yourself a pat on the back.

Sherrine

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Hallahan
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   Posted 12/13/2016 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My 2 daughters and their 3 children, 1 son in law and son in laws brother are arriving for 5 day stay. I've asked the girls to take over some cooking. They are both really good cooks. I'll make lasagna ahead of time and have some desserts in the freezer but 15 meals for 9 people is a Hurculean task I'm not up to. I'll get some prepared food at Costco probably.

I keep telling myself it'll be okay, it's family.

I'm doing a little cleaning each day.

Barb

Sherrine
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   Posted 12/14/2016 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Barb, don't make more work for yourself! Have eggs on hand for breakfast or toaster waffles, English muffins, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, etc. Some of these items they can make themselves! The adults can take care of themselves and also fix breakfast for their children. Just provide the selection of foods for them.

I'd also stock up on luncheon meats, cheese, good bread, chips, and fresh fruits. Again, they can make their own sandwiches for lunch. All you have to do is get the stuff out of the fridge for them.

One of your dinners can be pizza. Everyone loves that. You can get a package of brownies and those can be whipped up in about five minutes plus there are some great frozen pies you can have on hand and just pop them in the oven or get those wonderful Pepperidge Farm cakes in the freezer section for dessert. (The coconut cake is so yummy!). Those Costco rotisserie chickens are great too and inexpensive. They have prepared mashed potatoes, too, and that could be a second dinner. Salad in bags are quick and so is corn on the cob. So, now, including your lasagna, you are down to fixing two dinners and eggs for breakfast...with the help of your daughters!

Costco has some really nice plastic dinnerware and "silverware". My cousin used to use her fine China at Christmas bit now she uses this dinnerware. When we are done eating, she has a can with a garbage bag in it and we just toss the plastic plates and plastic silverware in it. There is hardly any mess to clean up! I was going to do that at Thanksgiving when I had all my family here but my daughter cleans up the Thanksgiving mess for me and said she didn't mind putting my china in the dishwasher. We use nice paper plates for dessert.

Remember...your family is coming to see you and your husband and to spend quality time with you! Save your energy to create memories instead of being a chef. They are going to be so happy to see you! I bet you are going to have a wonderful time. Just don't wait on them. I honestly don't think they are expecting that.

I'm baaaccckkk! I forgot one very portent thing. Have the company being their plates to the sink, of you end up using your regular plates, and your two daughters can be assigned to clean up. That will make life very much easier for you.

Sherrine

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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 12/14/2016 11:52:44 AM (GMT-7)


Luvzminis
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   Posted 12/19/2016 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for all the great ideas!

I'm slowly chipping away at the Christmas prep here. Today, I spot cleaned the carpet (better cleaning after the new year starts!), and actually made a 'to do' list for the week, and so glad some of you mentioned that here, too. What would we do without lists! I tacked my current list on the bulletin board. They tend to disappear if I use a magnet on the fridge. :/

I'm washing up my china and a few bowls tomorrow. Not a lot; just enough!

Last week I bought several things we'll be eating on Christmas Eve; finishing up the shopping this week. We don't have anything fancy--mostly things like little smokies in BBQ sauce, (ready-made) dips, crackers, a Jell-o salad, cheese and veggie trays, and for something different, will bake a half ham the day before and have it sliced to eat on sandwich buns.

I'm always tempted to bite off more than I can chew and make more appetizers and such that I haven't made before, but....nah. What we're having are things everyone seems to like, so we're good with that.

Got several things wrapped yesterday. Decorating is done. I didn't take out all the decorations; I tend to rotate them from year to year.

The cards were sent a few weeks back, and some (in reply) are trickling in with the daily mail. I like that---so much better than finding bills in the mail!

Sherrine, those after-Christmas sales for wrapping paper, cards, etc. are a must for me! Great time to find some deals.

Some very cool ideas posted on this thread! I'm definitely making a note of them. Thanks again!
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

C.S. Lewis

Ljm2014
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   Posted 12/20/2016 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel like my lists are growing babies this week..ugh

Hubby will take half of it for the next two days so hopefully things will check off faster"....

One step at a time!
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