Comedian and Mamamia writer Mandy Nolan makes the best Christmas cards with her family (like the one above) – months before Christmas. She also does a few other things in advance…
There’s two things I’m sure of. My pants have got tighter and the years have got shorter. If I had more time I reckon I could drop the 5kg required to get that top button up without losing a kidney in the process. But I’m running out of time.
The Christmas and the New Year break is here, and this year I decided I’d be ready for the silly season. I don’t want to lose any glorious feasting time with my loved ones. Christmas isn’t going to kill me this year. I won’t be the woman slumped over a half-stuffed turkey at 4am in a dark kitchen clutching a glass of champagne with a knife through a Bing Crosby record. Exhaustion won’t have me looking like the ghost of Christmas past in every group photo.
I love Christmas. I remember as a kid how much I loved the build-up. The delicious waiting. The preparing. The planning. Counting down the days. I realise now that was because I didn’t have the responsibility of making Christmas happen. Mum did. Now I’m the mum and the end of year dinner and show are my gig and I have to say, it can really take it out of you. Santa better put a massage voucher in my stocking!
It’s always so stressful. Which seems crazy. Isn’t Christmas supposed to be fun? Relaxing ? Isn’t it a time to kick back instead of kicking things up?
This year I have decided to take the stress out of Christmas (or Christstress) with my five-point plan for what I’ll get done beforehand:
1. The Christmas lights are up early.
I never took them down from last year so they are already up. Once I de-cobweb them they’re basically ready to go! I’m just one on switch away from fairy light magic.
2. The homemade Christmas cards are done.
Mine are all printed and ready to post. Every year we hand make our Chrissie cards. We take a family photo that reflects the chaos and calamity of our blended brood and it hits the mail boxes around Australia the first week of December. While most cards hit the bin come Boxing Day, I’m proud to say our cards have become collectors’ items and there is much excitement and speculation as to what theme we are going to go with. All the kids are sworn to secrecy. And everyone wants to be on our Christmas list.