Preparing for the holidays, stress free

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The holidays are upon us, with Thanksgiving only two weeks away, followed by Christmas shortly after. With so many daily distractions it is easy for the holidays to creep up, leaving many very unprepared, whether it be decorations, gifts, dinner preparations or family visits. Creating a to-do list is one of the most helpful ways to get through the holidays without much preparation. Here are some things to consider while you plan your upcoming dinner. 

  • -Set a budget- Setting a budget and sticking to it is very important. It is easy to get caught up in buying gifts and decorations in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
  • -Guest list- If you decided to host Thanksgiving dinner this year get a definite head count of your guests at least two weeks ahead of time so that you can accommodate your table for everyone. 
  • -Decor- Simple wreaths and harvest decorations are a easy way to give your house a stylish makeover for the holidays. Grab the family and craft some simple DIY center pieces and place savers to give the dinner table a little extra flare.
  • -Feast preparations- The show stealer of the evening is always the big meal. Make sure you buy all your cooking supplies and ingredients before Thanksgiving as all those late shoppers will most likely empty out the shelves at the grocery. 
  • -Drinks- Experiment and create a signature drink for the night so you can enjoy the evening without having to play bartender all night. 
  • -Kids zone- Have a special area for the kids to keep them entertained. A fun activity to try this year is a decoration table with icing and sprinkles to decorate cookies or a gingerbread house kit. 
  • -Gift list- It's never to early to start buying those Christmas gifts. Consider online sales, Black Friday shopping, or the always popular time saving options of gift cards.