One of the reasons the holidays are so busy is because, as you know, there is only a week between Christmas and New Year. At no other time of the year are there two major holidays so close together. As well, despite being very different types of holidays, they both often involve preparing big meals and either attending or hosting parties.
Of course getting ready for the celebrations is as important as the festivities themselves. This year you can make your life easier by doing some specific planning.
Planning on a big New Year's party at your house?
Consider setting aside some of the budget for extra domestic help the week after Christmas. Many hands make light work. Having good help to shop, clean, cook and decorate leaves you free to send invitations and other needed tasks.
The day of the party you'll have much more time for those last minute items if you've got reliable assistants. Give yourself that much more time to plan and execute by getting help on post-Christmas clean up, too.
That practice used to be commonplace, even among those with very limited incomes and no friends or relatives to help out. After all, they're often busy with their own holiday plans. Revive an old tradition and spend a little on your own peace of mind. It will pay dividends many times over.
Whatever your plans for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, accept that these two days could be quite busy.
Take a look at your other tasks and plans and decide which can be pushed off a week or so. Vet trips, the kids athletic and entertainment activities, gym visits.... The list of possibilities is endless.
A long list of habitual tasks can tie up anyone full time. They'll vary from individual to individual. But anyone can find things that don't have to be done today.
For example, pay the bills in advance so they don't have to be dealt with that week. Put off doctor visits and other appointments, if possible.
If you find that your schedule is extremely busy accept fewer invitations the week after Christmas.
By keeping your stress low you will also help maintain your health during a season that for some is often full of tension. Plan ahead and you'll be able to enjoy the holiday that much more.
What are your New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day plans?
Happy New Year Everyone!