How is Christmas only 10 days away? Where has the time gone? I'm starting to sound like my grandmother, when she used to say it "seems like just yesterday..." because now everything seems like just yesterday. The days pass in such a hurry, that sometimes you miss out on enjoying life. What I love about the Holiday season is people take time to slow down. Surviving the Holiday Season is only has hard as you make it. I can be quite the Grinch at times and have to remind myself that family and friends are what it is truly all about. Here are 5 tips from a newlywed, 20 something on surviving the season.
1. Don't procrastinate. (Easier said than done). To be honest I have bought maybe 50% of my Christmas gifts at most and have done absolutely no wrapping. Bah Hum Bug I'm stuck again in a holiday rush (Thank God for Amazon Prime!). Also, make a list of what you want to buy everyone .I spent three hours on Saturday walking around trying to get ideas and all I bought was a Red Bull. Once the credit card started swiping though, there was no stopping. BTW Anthropologie is my new favorite store.
2. Get rid of the Ugly Sweater Parties. They are way overdone. Yes, I have a great homemade ugly sweater that I wore last year and was amazing, but I'd much rather this year go buy myself a nice cocktail dress and nice heels. I wear jeans and tops year round, give me an excuse to dress up. Nowadays, you are going to spend just as much on an Ugly Sweater off Amazon, as you would a cute cocktail dress from H&M.
3. Find one staple food item and take it to all your functions. Everyone wants to throw a holiday party, and with the invite it typically says bring an app or a dish to share. Find that one item that you love, that's easy to make, and that works with even the pickiest of eaters and bring it. Even if you run into the same people at several parties, if your dish is good enough, they will want it again. My favorite dish is my MIL's Bacon Dip. It's so easy to make that even your kid could make it.
4. Buy gifts that people want or use. I would much rather you buy me a $15 bottle of wine than spend $50 on some gadget that is just going to collect dust or better yet, get re-gifted. You can never go wrong with buying people booze (unless they are an alcoholic, then you can really, really wrong) or a gift basket with an assortment of food and snacks. Whole Foods has great gift baskets.
5. Learn to negotiate. Let's face it, you can't be in two places at one time, unless you Facetime yourself from one party to the next, but that would just be weird. Something I learned a long time ago when I was first dating my husband, was to negotiate the holidays with our family. If we spend Christmas with one family one year, we will spend the next year with the other family, or rotate spending time with family at Thanksgiving and then at Christmas. Coming from parent's who are divorced, I learned how to divide and conquer well.
I'm no expert at Holidays, in fact, I'm more of a novice. Hopefully you will be able to survive this Holiday Season. If all else fails, just drink a lot of wine!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! #lovetoall
Haley Parler Moore
Charleston resident. Digital Marketer. Crazy Crossfitter. Bulldog Mom. Gamecock fan. Constantly clad in Lululemon.