Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Holiday Stress Free Mom

Holidays are a time for family and friends, but with all we seemingly have to do it seems we have little time to spend with the family and friends. Let me tell you a secret, one that will help relieve the stress your feeling. The family and friends will never know or notice what you didn’t get done. They will see all that you did do and will rejoice in your efforts.

So this year, I’m baking a limited amount of Christmas cookies and not the piles I normally do. There are always so many left over and I’m the one who eats as many I can before feeding the rest to the birds and deer.

Gifts are numbered this year too. Everyone will get a wrapped gift so they get that feeling of opening a surprise package but the rest are going into bags or card gifts.

Christmas breakfast will be a crockpot quiche (recipe given to me by a friend) which is made the night before and cream chipped beef which can be made days before. Christmas dinner went from sit down to buffet, again with many dishes prepared day before.

I’m actually thinking making it a ‘Come home in your sweats or PJ day’
My family will be fed and have gifts and non-stressed mother.

So do you have any time-saving hints or recipes for this holiday?


  1. Love this! Have you seen Elizabeth Layton's drawing portraying her Thanksgiving Day reverie? Gramma Layton is sitting at the table eating a drumstick or something, with an open box of KFC on the table. She has a very satisfied smile. Simplify!

  2. No, I haven't but KFC would work for me. I'll have to google it. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays to you!

  3. My husband is making prime rib as we speak. I baked the pies last night, and when I say "I baked the pies", I mean I bought them in the freezer section of the store, and I heated them. I also cut way back on the "gift of cookies" this year. I told everyone they were getting my love for Christmas, hoping they'll be happy they got anything at all.