I've got some good news and some bad news. The bad? If you still have a long list of to-dos before Christmas, time's a tickin' and you better get rockin'. The good news? It's just enough time to put some last minute finishing touches on your celebration.
If you're playing Santa this year (something I'm simultaneously enjoying and feeling guilty about), I've compiled some simple last minute tips to make it easier on you. (Psst: If you're one of the many still scrambling to complete your shopping, decorating, crafts and recipes, I definitely suggest Disney's All Things Merry guide.
For the rest who are ready to finish up and get to the egg nog, this is for you.
Wrap it up: As I've mentioned before, my gift wrapping skills leave much to be desired. This step-by-step how-to is perfect for paper-challenged people like myself. Because as much as I love the easy-breezy gift bag, kids always seem a bit disappointed when they don't have something to physically unwrap.
Play Tag: No need to run out into the insanity, just to pick up those forgotten gift tags. Disney's got some printable gift tags to cover any present (and you're already on your computer so it's just a few clicks away)!
Treat yourself: Playing the magical man is exhausting. Traveling the world in one night, sliding down a chimney with a sack of treats and making kids behave relatively well for an entire month... he (you) deserve better than store-bought cookies. I'll be encouraging my kiddos to treat Santa with these Best Butter Cookies. As for the milk, I might opt for something a little stronger.
Set the mood: The days of pulling together dusty holiday CDs are over. Now you can just log on to sites like Pandora.com and create a Christmas playlist.
Take a Break(fast): With the chaos of Christmas morning, the last thing you're going to want to do is whip up breakfast for the crew. I actually make a coffee cake or egg dish ahead of time and keep it in the fridge, perfect for the easy heat-up-and-serve the next morning. Or send your spouse out for coffee and breakfast to-go -- no shame in that!
Christmas is the payoff for a season filled with hard work, sacrifice and a whole lot of expense. No matter what you do to celebrate, take time to enjoy. Because if you look for it, you can always find beauty among the chaos.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.