By Creative Planning Team member - Antonia Pladdys
Who doesn’t love Christmas! The excitement, the anticipation and the magic ..... I just love all of it, especially the planning! To have a smooth running December and holiday season in our house, I need to have rest days, activities, fun and even spontaneity planned in. Using EllieBeth’s “Let it Snow” collection adds the perfect mix of colours and fun to all my planning, making me just as excited as the kids!
I always start by marking out boxes for people I need to focus on in our lives - special friends and family. I plan in Family Fun Time and these can include anything from baking cookies to Christmas movies. Things we can do on our rest days and things that take a little bit longer to do. Family Fun is there to keep the spirit of Christmas going without any pressure. Christmas is after all supposed to be fun and carefree.
Next I plan our Christmas movies and Christmas music so we have it all ready to play on demand. A brilliant distraction technique when my children are near meltdown and I find the song, “Dominic the Donkey” cheers them right up and makes us all laugh as we get to dance silly around the living room. I tie these in with ideas I have for “Elf On The Shelf” for December as I get into a right state if I don’t know what our little Elf is up to every day.
Then it’s time to sort out activities for the kids to enjoy, not too many that it is overwhelming, and not to few that it is boring. I try and push their limits of tolerance a little bit more each year so this year, we are trying a Christmas Market and even if we only manage 30 minutes, it would still be a great achievement for my kids.
Lastly I look at food for the Christmas season. I have adapted the traditional Christmas dinner over the years and now we have a full Christmas dinner but done in a buffet style that remains available for most of the day. This way I find we waste the least amount of food and everyone enjoys what they are eating. Christmas Day is just for us, family, home and cozy. Boxing Day we “schedule” spontaneous family drop ins so that the kids are aware and not caught short. I have arrangements with some family members to drop presents round before and after Christmas so that, for my children, that one day is not so overwhelming and then it’s all over .... Christmas lasts a good week in our home
How do you plan for Christmas?