We don't go for the big, expensive presents. Usually a little cash and/or gift cards, and small "everyday item" stocking stuffers. Maybe a book or two. That way, I can buy gifts throughout the year and stash them away (and hope I remember where I stashed them!!).
It makes shopping easy.
We have a simple meal after Christmas Eve Mass in the early evening---this year ham, rolls, veggie tray, dip, fruit salad, cheese ball/crackers, and a dessert. Not much work involved in prep---mostly in cutting up the veggies and throwing the salad together. These come in handy as convenient leftovers I can use for Christmas Day dinner, when I add the scalloped potatoes. Since the ham is baked on Christmas Eve day, there's not all that much prep on Christmas Day, except cutting up and baking the potatoes and setting the table.
As far as decorating, hubby does the outdoor manger scene, complete with a spotlight this year, which I love! I decorate the Christmas tree, adding a few things there and elsewhere in the house every day or so. Some years I do lots of decorating; some years, not much.
We are enjoying the old movies like "It's a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street," "Come to the Stable," "Christmas In Connecticut," "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn," and of course, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Sometimes my decorating looks a lot like Snoopy's decorated dog house.
Watching these movies is a great way to unwind.
Taking breaks as needed, and yes, pacing! I keep a list of "to do's" every day and enjoy crossing off what gets done. When things don't get done, it's not the end of the world--I just continue the next day.
Advent is a good time for me to take a little extra prayer time and spiritual reading, which both give me a boost.
Staying out of crowded stores helps me, too. We do sometimes shop at local, smaller stores, rather than bigger ones like Wal-Mart. The crowds can be just too much so close to the holidays. We are picking up a restaurant gift card for my M-I-L tomorrow and it's next to a Christian book and gift store, where I may get a little carried away.....
Also, I don't do any major cleaning this time of year, except for 'spot' cleaning the rugs and floor, a bit of dusting, and keeping the bathroom presentable. I just hope no one looks in my closets---eek, that will be a new year's project!
I started Christmas cards in October because I send a lot. Just mailed out the last of them yesterday.
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."
St. Padre Pio
Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 12/8/2017 11:48:15 AM (GMT-7)