Schools have finished. Work is wrapping up. Plans for Christmas are finalised. And everything is in panic.
Driving anywhere is nuts. The supermarket is full. There are car lines lining along the road for the fruit stalls, the berries, and Christmas hams and other specialty foods.
- There are some things you can do to survive the last minute panic though.
- Be organised. When you head to the shops take a detailed list with you so you don’t forget something important.
- Have a couple of spare boxes of chocolates and/or kids mini toys for unexpected visitors.
- Freeze some bread and milk for example. Stock up on staples so you don’t need to make emergency trips to town for food.
- Cellotape, and batteries are extras that often send us into panic, so sort it now.
- If having everyone around all at once is stressing you out. Allocate people to different areas, different tasks, as a management technique.
This last thing is the most important though – if it’s all getting a bit panicky – just smile and enjoy it. If you can’t change it you may as well join in.