(And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.)
I know, you've been waiting impatiently for my last three tips. 'Christmas is almost upon us, Queen Jewels, we must know how to get through.' Not to worry, I've got your back.
Tip #3- Decorating
Now, if you think it's too close to the big day, you've already got all your decorating done. Fine. See ya later. Thing is, there's always room for improvement, must be a shelf or doorway somewhere that could use a little more cheer.
But, last minute decorating can be a challenge. The key is to use what you already have. For example, want that 'snow' look under your nativity or sleigh? You do not need that expensive stuff they sell in stores. Toilet paper, people. It's white, and fluffy. Layer a few sheets and voila! Your display has that fresh snowfall look. And, it's so handy when your little one has a cold.
As for the tree, the homemade look is totally in this year. And, the thing that will give that look better than anything else is a popcorn garland. Thing is, popcorn garlands take a. lot. of. work. Sticking a threaded needle through hundreds of kernels is just more work than the queen has time for. The solution? Pop yourself a big bowl, then just chuck it at the tree. It'll stick in those branches and you'll have the homey look. Your kids can even help. Heck, put them in charge. Just be sure they know how to use the vacuum.
Tip #4- Fashion
This is a big one, what with the Christmas Eve and Christmas parties in the next couple days. I have a couple rules for how to dress for Christmas success.
The biggest thing to consider is whose house you're going to. If it's your family, you know, your sisters and brothers who've seen you since you were knee-high to an elf, casual is the way to go. You can try to dress cute to impress them, but seriously? They've seen you when you tumbled out of bed in the middle of the night with the stomach flu. Just accept it and be comfortable. Sweats and a t-shirt are fine.
But, if the party is at your in-laws, you have to think differently. Especially if she is going to be there. She is your husband's brother's wife. The one who has been making snide comments about your kids since they were babies- ("Is he still on the bottle?" Yeah, like her degenerate kids turned out so well.) If she'll be there, then you have to dress one step up. Just enough that when she sees you, she'll think, "Dang! Should've worn the good jeans." And, you can give her a snickering smile when you compliment her Christmas sweater. Whatever you do, do not show up in a denim jumper with black leggings and red socks over ankle boots.
What? You're taking fashion advice from someone with the word 'frumpy' in the title.
Tip # 5- Relax
This is the most important one. It's Christmas. Enjoy it. As women, we tend to do for everyone else. Let someone do for you. Show them a Christmas movie, like Scrooged, and tell them that the only way to keep from being an old miser is to serve others. Then hand them some lotion and your feet. If you have enough kids, make them rub your shoulders, too. (See, there's a reason for having so many!) Send the hubs to get you an icy diet Coke and relax. You've earned it.