The holidays can be a crazy, stressful time for many people.
Personally, I find the holiday season relaxing and enjoyable.
I stock up on my holiday necessites an decorate as many inches of my house as possible without totally annoying my family…
But now that the Christmas countdown is officially on, I am getting a little antsy about the Christmas Day dinner I am in charge of preparing because I do not excel at performance cooking.
Desserts, all the way my jam…
Largess meals for multiple family members?
Not so much.
I have a hard time multitasking. I get distracted easily. Usually by gifs. Gifs are my fave…
I could watch Drake do the Elaine dance straight through Christmas. Hotline Bling was one of my favorite parts of 2015. Ooooh, a new post idea!
Wait, wait, wait.
Anyway, if I’m honest, I don’t really enjoy the big dinner thing. I would rather everyone just agree to eat buttery mashed potatoes with those Hawaiian bread rolls for dinner with cookies for dessert and leave me to play with whatever new toys Santa brought.
Alas, the expectation is that I adult and leave the play time to the kids.
Mother life is SO unfair.
For those of you, like me, who struggle to make Christmas dinner spec-freaking-tacular, here are some tips.
Christmas Countdown: 5 Holiday Prep Tips to Help You Crush Christmas Dinner
1. Don’t over sell yourself. Keep expectations low so blowing minds won’t be too hard.
2. Start early. Do as much prep ahead as possible, that way you won’t feel rushed on the big day. I kinda resent the whole slave-away-in-the-kitchen-while-my-family-snacks-on-fancy-meats-and-naps-intermittently model of holiday cooking. I know, that probably makes me the worst mom ever, but you know what? I don’t care. I want to eat meats and cuddle and nap with them. I have the stamina of a toddler and spending alllll day creating a meal none of us will probably find that impressive seems silly to me. Especially because it means I will be all Riley Curry come dinner time…
3. Focus on things you can’t really screw up. For me that is cleaning. I hate it, and I rarely do it, but I was raised right and I know how to white glove a bathroom when my mama is coming over.
4. Stock up. Beer, wine, sweet treats, and toilet paper. My key to holiday hosting success is to treat it like a snow storm. As long as you stock up on those items, you should be golden. Beer and wine are on you. This is a holiday dessert recipe you should so totally try. And, this coupon app will save you countless coinage when it comes to the paper goods you need in your home to ensure the holidays go off without a hitch.
I got all of our holiday paper goods for the season at Walmart –toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, tissue. Kleenex, Viva, Scott, and Cottonelle from Kimberly Clark have us covered when the party prep and clean up starts.
I may not have a dinner to write home about, but you can bet your, um, butt that you will be able to wipe everything you want to wipe while you’re here. What? I can’t be good at everything.
5. Get your family on board. Leave no option for anti-holiday spirit behavior. It’s all about the attitude anyway, that’s what I always say.
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