handling-the-holiday-crazinessEach December 25th, most moms look at a living room full of scattered wrapping paper and vow to do less next year. Then Black Friday rolls around. But can you really downshift on how much Santa brings once a baseline has been established?

This week Amy and Margaret talk about managing the holiday craziness. (Disclaimer: for both of us, that does mean Christmas, although we feel the pain of the Hanukkah Harriets out there, we really do).

Here’s some of what’s discussed in this episode:

  • how to get your kids more involved in holiday preparations— at any age
  • the very appealing “three kings, three gifts” rule
  • how to carefully consider any new holiday “traditions” before instating them (we’re looking at you, Elf on the Shelf)
  • how the Laws of Holiday Attrition can work in your favor
  • how Amy uses this cookie recipe every December and it’s easy and amazing
  • what to do when your spouse gives you a Pajamagram

And here’s some enjoyable holiday reading to accompany your (spiked, we hope) eggnog:

Christmas countdown calendar from “Good Day, Regular People” offering children helpful daily hints like “Practice saying this: ‘Happy Christmas morning, most beautiful of mothers!'”

from Victoria Fedden, Christmas in the 70s vs Christmas Today 

from Amanda Morin at understood.org, the “Want, Need, Wear, Read” strategy to manage kids’ Christmas lists

from Sarah Zadok, on Chanukah: why “the act of giving speaks louder than the gift itself”

How do you handle the holiday craziness at your house? Have you successfully shrunk your to-do list to a manageable level? Tell us how!