The holidays are a time to spend with the people you love. But it can be easy to get caught up in the bustle and feel like you missed out. We’ve got some ideas to make the most of the season and make sweet, lasting memories along the way.
It sometimes feels like the holidays get more frantic every year. Between neighborhood potlucks and visiting family, office parties and the holiday bake sale (the one you forgot about until the morning of), it can feel like the season turns into a sprint.
But every one of those things you’re running to and from has the potential to be a special holiday moment. And finding some “holiday hacks” to get you through will make each thing on the list more enjoyable. Here are our top tips for keeping your holiday fun:
We absolutely love Advent calendars, don’t get us wrong. But the countdown can turn into a march toward a deadline if you let it run your holiday schedule.
Instead, use the countdown as a way to build in activities you want to do around the other things you feel like you have to do. Make time for your favorite holiday movies, or baking with kids — not for the aforementioned bake sale, but just because! Try combining the two with this DIY Advent calendar that ties an activity to each day (and some chocolate, of course).
If breaking out the decorations feels like a lot, give yourself permission to try something different this year. Just like we mentioned earlier how you want to schedule joy into your planning process, make decorating stress-free by combining it with bonding time. Craft these DIYs using Hershey candy in front of a movie marathon. In the end, you’ll have a specular centerpiece and lots of laughs to boot!
Doing it all yourself is awesome. But don’t feel like you have to! We’re here to help you have your best holiday season yet. However you celebrate, we hope these holiday hacks help you have a fun and stress-free celebration. Because the most important part is to make nice memories and spread some heartwarming cheer.
For more easy ideas for holiday entertaining, check out our crowd-pleasing party snack hacks.