We are yet to get over the sugar high from Halloween, but somehow the anticipation for Christmas holidays can already be felt in the air. Holidays are the most joyous time of the year, filled with delicious meals and festivities in the company of our friends and family. At the same time, for mom?s trying to eco-friendly-fy their celebrations, the holiday season can become more stressful than sentimental.
But being an?eco-friendly mom?shouldn’t add more burden to your jam-packed holiday to-do list!
Wondering how to cope? In this post, we have enlisted some tried and tested tips for a planet healthy holiday with all the magic that Christmas has to offer. These real-mom holidays survival strategies for shopping gifts, time-management, party hosting, etc. will surely make your holidays greener and less stressful.
- Start Planning Early?
While juggling work, kids, and shopping for holidays, keeping it all together can undoubtedly become a daunting feat. However, staying ahead of time with the help of some early planning and prepping can really save you a lot of trouble.
Whether you are planning to host a party for 50 people or are shopping for Christmas gifts on a really tight budget, try to accomplish as much as humanly possible ahead of time. For instance, you can create your gift list and ideas as soon as possible so that you can take advantage of the Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday.
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- Get Organized
How about some of the more dreadful tasks like packing and labeling gifts, addressing holiday card, sorting through last year?s decorations or holiday cleaning? Small actions like making lists, assigning deadlines for every task, etc., can help you save time, space and your sanity through the holidays.
- Browse through the piles of art and craft supplies and holiday decorations from last years. Take an inventory of what you have in store and reuse as much as possible.
- Sit down with your family and plan out the holiday duties for everyone.
- Get the general de-cluttering done beforehand and create a regular cleaning routine.
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- Shop Smart
When you have a kid whining to visit the toy section and the other one needing a diaper change, shopping for Christmas gifts and holiday necessities can become frustrating. To make this easier, you can leverage your arts and crafts skills and indulge in some DIY with your kids.
You can have the kids make gifts and greetings for friends and family members, while you shop online for other essentials. Don?t forget to take advantage of holiday sales as well or pay a visit to your local Christmas craft market. You will definitely find some unique handmade gifts for your loved ones. This will solidify your resolution for a green Christmas and also support your local business. Plus, if you can manage to leave the kids behind, you can treat yourself with some quality ?me? time as well.
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- Ask for help
Nothing excites the kids more than the feeling of being a host. Enlist the help of your kids and better half in party planning and prepping. This will not only allow you to spend some quality time with your family before the guests steal your attention, but will also help you relax a bit. You can even ask the guests to bring a food item for the holiday meal and host a potluck.
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- Stock up on holiday necessities
Planning to host parties and get-togethers this year? Plan your party menu in advance and start stocking up on the essentials you need to prepare a delicious holiday dinner. The scrumptious pies and the yummy cookies you make for Christmas can all be baked a little ahead of time. You can also cut the vegetables and store them in gogoBags Fresh Bags a day ahead of your party. gogo Fresh bags are reusable, eco-friendly and perfect for storing vegetables and breads.
Lastly, don?t forget to take care of yourself. Amidst all the holiday chaos, take out some precious ?me? time to relax and gather yourself. Don?t forget to celebrate the true essence of holidays while trying to make everything perfect! Happy Holidays!