On the first day of Christmas, my About guide gave to me: a list to preserve my sanity...
Christmas is looming, I don't need to tell anyone who has stepped into a retail establishment, watched television or read a news publication in the last few weeks. So today at the About.com Parenting and Family channel, we're starting a 12 Days of Christmas countdown to help everyone prepare and enjoy the holiday season.
To kick it off, I have a few pieces of advice on preparing for Christmas. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, your children will have a week or two off from school, and you'll need to take days off work or find ways to keep them occupied. The season is invariably busier than expected, so if you get organized now, you'll be in good shape when activities pick up. Here goes:
- Review your pending work projects, tame your email in-box and schedule your career obligations through the end of the year.
- Put your head together with your spouse or other family members, and map out a plan for surviving the holidays with your sanity intact.
- Scope out winter break day camps, even if just for a half day here and there, so your children don't go stir crazy over a long holiday break.
I'd welcome your thoughts about how to best organize the holidays, and any stories about the Christmas season that will help us count down to the big day.
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More on the 12 Days of Christmas from About.com:
- 12 Days of Handmade Baby Gifts
- The 12 Days of Christmas: Getting Closer, Day One
- 12 Days of Holiday Merriment for Families with College Kids
- 12 Days of Christmas Sanity for Single Parents: Day One
- The Twelve Days of Christmas Printables: Special-Needs Carols
- 12 Days of Christmas Preparations
- 12 Days of Christmas Coloring, Day 1