Thanksgiving is now behind us and the holidays are coming up fast. The Christmas holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, an occasion to spend some time with our loved ones. But it can also often be a really stressful time, between the presents and the meals. So here is some advice to make sure you are ready to enjoy yourself to finish the year.
Make a list of the people you want to offer a gift to, and what you have in mind for them, or what they like if you don't know what to get them. With all the stores offering gift ideas, all the Christmas markets opening, there are plenty of opportunities to find great gifts. If you gave some thought to this, you will not miss these opportunities and you will make your Christmas shopping so much easier! And because you never know when you are going to encounter such opportunity, always have a bag in your car, or better yet, with you if you can.
If you are going to cook a big meal, you can also prepare some steps in advance, to ease the burden on D-day and to allow you to spend more time with your loved ones. Obviously, most of the food needs to be prepared last minute, as it is better fresh. But for example, various sauces can be frozen, potatoes can be peeled the day before and kept in water overnight so they don't brown, parsnips can be boiled and kept in the fridge up to a day in advance (or they can be frozen).
The holidays can often feel overwhelming, so this year, plan ahead so you can actually enjoy them!