Make a list of all the things you would like to do for the holidays.
Now prioritize and cross off some items. Come to realize that you
cannot do it all. If you reduce the list and focus on fewer things,
your holidays will become more enjoyable.
Plan ahead for food
events. Get the menu set. Consider the time you have available and
adjust the menu accordingly. Plan on doing prep ahead of time by
looking at your calendar and determining when you are going to have
time to do specific chores.
Encourage participation. Take on a new attitude about allowing
guests to help with preparations. Instead of leaving folks in the
living room, bring them into the kitchen, give them a task and enjoy
the time of visiting while they are working.