Little Routines, Gillian Stewart
Christmas Planning
Gillian Stewart, Sunday, December 09, 2018

Christmas can be a really stressful time when you have got excited little ones around your feet, probably a baby attached to your hip and family members trying to be ‘helpful’.

Here are my top ten tips for surviving the festive period:

Being organised is definitely the key to being able to enjoy the festive season.

Keep things nice and simple. It isn’t the right time to try out your Mary Berry skills.

Use your freezer. It is amazing what you can buy or cook ahead of time and freeze ... roast potatoes, roast parsnips, stuffing, pigs-in-blankets, mince pies and much more.

Don’t expect little ones to sit for hours at the table. Once they have eaten their meal they are then bored!

Hang stockings downstairs to avoid the 5am present opening!

Spread the opening of presents over the whole day rather than a mad opening session in the morning. You could even save some for Boxing Day.

Aim to go out for a walk, regardless of the weather. Children need ‘airing’.

Too many chocolates and sweets late in the day will have your children bouncing off the walls at bedtime. Not to be recommended!

Stick to your child’s routine. It is very easy for bad habits to creep in. You will then be tackling them during the whole of January.

Keep bedtime to around 7pm. Overtired children are rather challenging and you need to enjoy the evenings without the company of little people.


Christmas is a truly magical time for little ones.