- Track Santa – Norad’s tracking Santa again this year. This is great for all ages – the little ones love seeing Santa move so quickly from place to place while the older ones can learn about different countries and time zones.
- Paint Toast – Instead of cookies, make some special toast for Santa. Your toast could be something cute like a Christmas tree or a last chance to let Santa know you’ve been good.
- Make Reindeer Food – while the recipe is simple, the memories will last forever! Don’t worry about cleaning it out of the yard, we all know reindeer are messy eaters and won’t get it all.
- Movie Night – It’s a special night. Make some hot cocoa, get your pjs on and grab a blanket while you snuggle up to watch your favorite show or a holiday special.
If you’re thinking about the big day tomorrow, here are a few things you could do today to make tomorrow a little more stress free:
- Prep, prep, prep – this is one I live by. I make all of my sides ahead, put them in the dishes I’m going to cook/serve them in then put them in the fridge. This saved my family the year my youngest son poked me in my eye scratching through four of the five layers of my cornea and turning me into a pirate complete with eye patch for several days. Since I’d already made everything, hubby just had to pop it into the oven while I laid in bed in pain. I top the dishes with foil so I can write the temp and time on top to help keep things a little more organized.
- Make a Timeline – I know it sounds a little crazy but I’m terrible at getting everything to finish at the same time. Sitting down to figure out what you’re serving and working backwards can help you figure out when to put things in the oven/roster/crock pot so it will all be done when you want it to be.
- Make Breakfast – check out some great dishes you can make tonight, put in the fridge then just pop in the oven in the morning that will be ready when you’re done with the presents. There’s yummy breakfast casserole, baked french toast and cinnamon rolls.
- Hit the Store – that’s probably the last thing on your mind right now but if there’s something you’re running low on, now’s the time to visit the store since it will likely be closed tomorrow. It never fails – the second the store closes I seem to run out of something I need to finish the meal.
Enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones!! I’d love to hear about your traditions or tips you have to make Christmas a bit more manageable.