4. Put Up Your Out of Office Even When You’re Working.
This may say something about me but there is nothing that quells my anxiety like turning on my out of office reply. In the past, that puppy would already be up and I’d be somewhere enjoying a festive cocktail that some nice bartender whipped up for me. This year, the whole self-employed thing means I’m tasked with staying on top of things for clients over the holidays. Damn you social media and your need for constant updates.
Here’s the thing though, there are some people that I just don’t want to deal with right now. I’m guessing you have a list of people you’re not in the mood for right now too. By January 4th I’ll be ready for them – but now, not so much. So I’m thinking of putting that bad boy up just to deter people from contacting me. I highly suggest you do the same. That is, unless you’re taking a nice long vacation to enjoy everything about the holidays and already have it up. If so, I just have one question – can I come too?
5. Watch Home Alone alone.
First off, Home Alone is my favorite holiday movie ever so I am using this platform to tell everyone that they absolutely must watch it this year and every year. But it’s on this list because it will make you feel WAY better about your parenting skills. Well, as long as you set aside the part about the McAllister’s being a bunch of Richie Riches who can afford that fancy house and a trip to Paris for that big ass family – freeloading aunt and uncle included.
If you can make it to your holiday destination without shaming your child to the attic (which I fully understand) or leaving them behind, you’re winning. And if your Christmas dinner includes more than a Stoeffer’s Mac n Cheese, you’re ahead of Kevin. Although I doubt any of us could concoct an elaborate plan to thwart the Wet Bandits. So focus on the mac n cheese part. It’s the little things right?
There you have it. Five tips that will surely help you survive this holiday. I can’t promise it will be pretty or that you’ll impress your friends and family, but you’ll make it out alive.
If you thought this post was going to bring some clarity to your holiday season, my b. I’ve just been seeing so many posts telling everyone on how to make the most out of their holiday and thought it was time we all got real for a second. Oh and if you want a bonus tip: walk around with a can of Lysol spraying everyone you come into contact with because this flu going around is SERIOUS business. Do whatever it takes to avoid getting it and if that means avoiding touching your kids without gloves for the next week, do it. It’s that bad.