Tips to Get Through the Holidays Smoothly and Stress-free

Tips to Get Through the Holidays Smoothly and Stress-free

Hello! I hope that everybody had a wonderful Christmas and didn’t eat too much. Mine was good.  I was able to see my family. I cooked ham, green beans, corn on the cob, sweet potato casserole, brown n serve rolls and baked a lemon pound cake. It was all very good. I will share the recipes with you soon. What are some of your favorite holiday foods? Do you have any family recipes that are enjoyed for family get-togethers? Do you have any tips to make life easier during the holidays?

Here are some tips that help me…

(Through the year) Make a list of those that you need to shop for and what for each person. When you are out and catch sales or have coupons/rebates, go ahead and buy if you are able to.

(A month or so before holiday event) Make a menu list along with recipes. Check to see if you already have the ingredients needed before shopping. Also, write up a guest list to make sure you will have enough food and dishes for them all.

(A week or longer in advance) Wrap gifts and put name tags on them. Write gift items down what you got for each person so you don’t buy it again or just so you remember it.

(A few days before cooking day) Go over food list/recipes again to make sure you have all that you need before you start cooking. Lay out the baking dishes, serving dishes and ingredients needed for each dish. I put the ingredients in the casserole dishes or near so they are ready to go. That’s if they aren’t perishable though.

(A day to 3 days before depending on what it is) Prepare any food that will keep. Cook any food that is freezable, like cookies and pies. Tidy up the house.

(Morning of) First thing, prepare the food that takes the longest and that goes in the oven or slow cooker, such as turkey, ham or roast. Time the other food according to how long they take to cook. I prepare the dish then place in the oven or on the stove closer to when it’s time to eat.

(While food is cooking) Wash dishes and set the table with dishes, eating and serving utensils, salt, pepper, toothpicks, and napkins. Get some rest whenever you can, before all the family arrives or if your family is already there, play a game with them or watch a movie together.

I hope these tips help! Doing some things ahead of time will help make the day go a little less stressful and help you as far as getting things done in a timely manner. Plus being organized and making plans in advance helps tremendously so you will be able to spend time with your friends and family.

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I hope you all have a Happy New Year!