by Laura Sussely-Pope
It's just a few days till Christmas. When you were a kid, that was a reason to rejoice. As a busy mom, it might be more a reason to panic! Are you ready?
✓ Decorate -- check!
✓ Shop -- check!
✓ Wrap -- check!
✓ Bake -- check!
✓ Remember suddenly that "must have" on your to-do list at the last moment...wait!
This year, avoid the rush to try and remember what you forgot! Those of you that are guilty of doing this know exactly what I'm talking about.
The final week is all about dotting your i's and crossing the t's and being prepared. Read through our checklist for the busy mom. This year, you'll be on for a jolly season in every way or at least be able to pull it off a bit more smoothly.
Over the years, I've accumulated a list of "face-palm, I can't believe I forgot" moments. To save you the embarrassment and trauma, I'm listing a few:
✓ Stock up on TP, as in toilet paper! Extra guests mean extra people making trips to the potty. Make sure you're stocked up and toss in a couple rolls of paper towels as well.
✓ Don't forget those stocking treats. Don't depend on the jolly ole' elf to do everything. Help the poor guy out with a stash of apples, oranges, pretzels and splurge a little for candy. You could even throw in some little toys or trinkets that you know your kiddos would enjoy.
✓ Find the camera, batteries, charger and download cable. It might be hiding under the pile of cards or you may have been organized and lost it in the front pocket of your camera case. Get everything ready and you won't miss that perfect shot.
✓ Check the cooking stuff: There's nothing worse than reaching for a spice or herb and finding your container empty, especially on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Just picture it -- you're preparing the stuffing and you have no sage! Most stores are closed. You can either check you menu and stock up today or pay triple for it at the local convenience store if they even have it.
✓ Kitty, kitty, kitty! Don't forget the family pets' food. They shouldn't eat all the trimmings so you better. If the food dish stays on empty too long, Rover might be tempted to take off with the turkey.
✓ Confirm invitations for the big day. To avoid the "I thought you weren't coming!" "Weren't we starting at 4?" dialogue this year, make sure everyone involved knows when, where, who and who's bringing what.
✓ Unhide the gifts. You may want to start a bit early because, if you're anything like me, you stashed at least one in a safe place where you couldn't possibly forget. Hm, maybe you'd be better off heading out and getting a replacement gift. Before warm up the car, check that you didn't hide some you had intended to ship.
✓ The kid's winter concert or nativity play has been on the calendar since Halloween. Bump it to the top of your mental list and be sure you AND the kids are there.
✓ Kiss someone under the mistletoe. You've worked hard getting ready for the holidays. Go ahead and lure your loved one to that special spot, enjoy a kiss and whatever else might follow.
What's the worst thing you've forgotten in your holiday hoopla?
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