Wondering how you’re going to get everything done before Christmas? Between work, the shopping, social events, planning the family Kris Kringle, it can seem like you might not pull it off.
Take it from Madeleine West, actress and mother to six children under 12, it can be done. It’s all about going with the flow.
“There’s no point regimenting it too much because you’re just putting added stress on yourself and your family, and you won’t enjoy it,” West told Mamamia.
“It’s really one of those opportunities to sit back and take the time to smell the roses.”
Of course, the festive season for the West/Bennett household (that's Bennett as in Shannon Bennett, the head chef of Vue du Monde) is predictably "busy and chaotic", and careful organisation definitely plays a role.
But the logistics come pretty naturally to 36-year-old West; a product of keeping an eight-person household running day to day.
"It's the same organisation that it takes to get everyone out of bed on time, and everyone off to school on time and get yourself to work on time and even manage to have a shower somewhere in there," she laughed.
West, who is about to return to Neighbours, recommends making detailed lists and ticking them off as the day goes on, just to make sure you stay on top of things. Things like gift shopping, for example. For that, she insists a head-start is key.
"I try to start in July. I keep an eye on the sales," she said. "I do a fair bit of online shopping, because anything that means I can stay at home and have a cup of tea in my pyjamas is a good thing."