Christmas should be a relaxed event for everyone in the house. Most will have started their strategy planning ages ago. But, in the event that life sort of got in the way, there is no time like the present to get started preparing and planning. Here are a few hints to help get things organized for your Christmas day meal; or, for that matter any meal that includes family and friends.
Making your own stuffing? – Chop the onions and cut up the dried bread a few days before. Store them in air tight containers until you are ready to use them.
Condiments – The day before, fill the salt and pepper shakers. Place the butter, pickles and cranberry sauce and other side dishes on their serving dishes, cover and store in the fridge.
Desserts – Everyone is stuffed after eating a big meal. Use the squares and cookies you have already made. Most of all, keep it simple. Set it up buffet style – plates, napkins, cutlery, cups for tea & coffee all arranged in another area. Everyone can then relax while enjoying the finishing touch to the meal.
After the meal is finished, designate the older children to bring the desserts to the dessert table and arrange with any last minute items that need to go there such as cream and sugar, fresh coffee and tea.
Company coming? – If they offer to bring a dish to add to the meal, let them. When they arrive and ask if there is anything they can do to help out in the kitchen, again, let them.
Clean up – This is not a job for just the women of the house! Get everyone involved from the little children right up to the men.
The men and older children can put away the extra chairs, take the left over food to the fridge downstairs, take the care package to the elderly neighbors who were unable to come to the dinner. They can take the recycling and garbage out; and, they can help wash and dry any dishes that won’t fit in the dishwasher!
Let the little children help too. They can pick up all of the cutlery from the table and put it in a designated pan. Put the napkins in the laundry (or recycle bin if using paper).
As the old saying goes, many hands make light work.
Wow! Canadian Author, Ann Edall-Robson has written Moon Rising; and what a great book this has turned out to be.
Through photographs, verse, insightful musings, anecdotes, and short stories, Moon Rising takes a luxuriant ramble over a broad range of human emotions, evoking lightning bolts of empathy and recognition.
Gorgeous photographs are perfectly paired with deftly crafted text to create a visceral experience of the sights, sounds, and feelings of the human experience and rural life in particular.
With richly sensory detail, humour, passion, and keen poetic insight, the photographs, verse, and prose of Moon Rising offer a delicious smorgasbord of emotional highs and lows.
Have you noticed how children will be lost to another world while playing with their toys in a dirt pile? Adults are no different. Our toys might be a little bigger and we may be trying to accomplish something other than building a road to nowhere, but the effect is still the same.
This is a form of relaxation therapy that allows our minds to wonder, lets us use our imaginations without question; and, when all is said and done, there is a feeling of accomplishment. Pulling weeds for hours can relieve stresses and boost morale even if you have left the task to the point of overwhelming. The bright point is when you are finished the job the end result gives that sense of triumph combined with a lot less stress.
Huge flower beds or vegetable gardens are not needed to reap the benefits related to de-stressing. Container gardening and time spent maintaining house plants are advantageous to our health. Small tasks like watering the plants and dead-heading annuals permits us to secretly gloat over something that has been created and nurtured by our hands. The thrill of finding the first tomato blossom that has borne fruit or the aroma from a Hoya plant when it blooms, all help our senses cope with our mind and body anxieties.
If you’re considering a makeover of the yard, do your homework. Remember this should be a time of pleasure and relaxation combined with small goals that will be reached easily without creating further distress in your life.