Are you hoping for the perfect holiday this year? Shiny, ribboned gifts all arranged nicely around an elaborately-decorated Christmas tree in an effortlessly clean home? Well-groomed children sitting quietly while the adults engage in intelligent conversation? Perfectly prepared food from scratch and elegant table settings?
Goooooood luck with that.
But never fear, your friends at Stepping Stone have some “hacks” (or suggestions) to help you make these next few weeks of December go a little more smoothly.
Forget the ugly sweater parties or the white elephant gift exchange. Shake it up this year and throw one of these unique-themed parties to get everyone excited to come over.
Hack Picky Eaters
Do you have a guest coming with dietary restrictions – insisting on paleo or vegan options? Here are recipes to help you prepare dishes that will ensure they can stuff themselves as much as everyone else at the table.
Remember, the holidays aren’t just about Christmas and Santa. Jewish families are observing Hanukkah and we’ve provided festive Hanukkah decorating ideas for every room!
Hack Kids’ Presents
If you have a large extended family and you’re expecting a lot of kids running around the house, you may be wondering how much it will cost to ensure every child ends up with a present. We found a list of 300 gifts for kids under $6 that will surely make your budget happy.
Hack Cabin Fever
Tired of having two or more families crammed under one roof? Send everyone out for a walk! Stepping Stone has plenty of beautiful trails throughout the community. For your more adventurous, outdoorsy family members, we’ve compiled winter adventures they can seek out. While you have everyone out of the house, you can clean up in the kitchen or get started on the next meal. Or take a much-needed nap.
Once the holidays are over, the guests have gone, and the big clean-up starts, you may wonder what you’re going to do with all that leftover turkey. Never fear, we have you covered. Or you can create a leftover toast bar the morning after.
While we can’t guarantee you a perfect holiday experience, we hope these hacks will help you survive the chaotic festivities and get you through the holiday season unscathed!