I’m already feeling stressed with all the things I have to do this holiday season! Partly this is because I have never had a Christmas in Florida, and I’m still trying to figure out what we are doing this year. Partly, it still doesn’t feel like Christmas as it is 75 degrees outside. Although the weather is beautiful, we are used to cold and snow. We feel like we still have months before Christmas arrives — but it will now be here in less than a month!
So how do we get on track and get ready to have a great Christmas?
Get organized with a calendar for important dates!
I use my Google calendar, but if you want to print out calendars, you can go HERE to print out December, fill in the important occasions, parties. Then you can put it on your refrigerator or mirror — wherever you know it will help you to stay focused. When I do my Google calendar, I also will schedule email reminders 1 and 3 days before the event so that I will not forget it and I will have time to run out and buy needed items.
Make a list of important gifts and important things to do/bake!
I have most of my gifts bought; but since I have such a large family, I have to make a list of who is left. Since I also bake many desserts, I make a list of what I have to bake, what ingredients are needed, and cross off the items after they are made. I will also make a list of parties we have to go to and what I need to do or provide for those parties. I don’t make lists usually throughout the year; but at Christmas, lists are necessary for me to cope! Last year I made this printable that you can print out to help you stay organized with your gift giving.
Simplify regular life as much as possible!
At this time of year, I only bake what I have to bake for Christmas goodies and for actual parties and for Christmas day. The rest of my cooking and baking I keep as simple as possible. I don’t take on any more activities than what we already have to do. Christmas is busy enough without adding more to it. I want to enjoy this time with my family; and if we are all stressed, that won’t happen.
This past Saturday, I was already feeling the beginning of stress. I have to get a Christmas party organized, I have an adult and Christmas children’s programs to practice for, and my Christmas decorations aren’t up — much less a million of other small things I have to do. Because I had so much to do, I warmed up some flatbread pocket sandwiches from Sandwich Bros. for lunch. They were ready in a couple of minutes, the kids loved them, and there was minimal clean-up. They also would be good for dinner with a bowl of soup. Really, we do not need to stress out making a gourmet dinner when we have so many other things to do! You can also feel safe about feeding them to your kids as they are made with the highest quality ingredients and are high in protein and low in calories. I also love that there are different varieties you can buy so that everybody is happy. They can be made even more diverse by adding different dipping sauces or toppings.
Here are some different varieties you may be able to find at your local Walmart or grocery store:
- Chicken Melts
- Angus Cheeseburgers
- Gyro Sliders
- Pizza Burger and Italian Sausage may be found in some locations.
You can find out more about “Really…Really Tasty!” Sandwich Bros. flatbread pocket sandwiches HERE or on their FACEBOOK page. You can also get a $1 off coupon from their website under their “offers” tab.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sandwich Bros. The opinions and text are all mine.