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Planning Christmas menus can be stressful. Who has the time? As parents, our plates are already super full. From working out to taking care of the kids and everything in between, it can be a challenge to find time to get ahead of the game. Here are some last minute tips to help take the stress out of your vacation menu planning so you can focus on enjoying moments.
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1. Plan ahead: Even if it’s only a few days before your holiday meal, it still helps to write down each dish, what ingredients to use, what last-minute items you still need to buy, and whether the dish can be made a day or two before. This will help keep you more organized.
2. Use local deliveries: Many areas have local delivery options that bring groceries or ready-made meals directly to your doorstep. Do not hesitate to take this opportunity to save yourself from long queues at the grocery store or give yourself an easy way out of making some of the classic dishes your family is obsessed with.
This simple pastry dish will be your go-to throughout the holiday season:
3. Say yes to help: If family or close friends offer to bring a dish or a dish, say so. There is no need for the host to take on the entire burden. It allows your guests to feel included in the tasks and removes one more thing from your to-do list.
4. Allow children to help: It can be hectic to have too many chefs in the kitchen, but the little ones love to attend. Set up a cake decorating station so they can icing cookies or a vegetable station that helps wash the vegetables. The more involved they are, the more they will appreciate the meal being prepared!
5. Keep it minimal: Designing a holiday table can be just as stressful as making the meal. Keep the decor simple this year with little Christmas touches like a pop earthy color in the napkins or the cedar and eucalyptus wreath on the dinner table. Bringing in natural elements is a great design hack to elevate any holiday table landscape.
6. Be open to new traditions: This year’s traditions may look a little different. I mean, there has been nothing traditional about the last two years, so do not feel obligated to do what you have normally done. Be open to trying new recipes or incorporating new seating into the mix. Have fun – you deserve it!
7. Meditation always helps: One way to unwind instantly is to put words to your mind and your body. Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, check in with your emotions and relax while your focus shifts to you. You can also take a quick walk or step outside to get some fresh air and a new perspective. Give yourself a little mantra to repeat when you feel stressed. I love, “It’s about presence, not perfection.” It reminds me to stay in the now and not worry about the little details.
I hope these tips help make your vacation less stressful and more relaxing! We all deserve memorable moments of happiness this year. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday!
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