Holiday Survival Tips Working Mom Style

by Paige Hobey
The parties. The presents. The chance to see out-of-town friends’ kids one year older in an avalanche of photo cards. The holiday season has lots of upsides, but excess down-time isn’t one of them. Hence, our survival tips. From time-savers to sanity-savers, they’ll help you survive the next few weeks with a little less pre-season stress.

#1. Gift Ideas

To make gift-buying easier, capitalize on your biggest asset: cute kids. Photos can be used to make anything from mugs to digital frames with rotating images. For the grandparents? Make a flipbook out of that video of your toddler’s first steps.  For the kids, check out these new personalized sesame street books that include names and pictures.

#2 Mailing and Receiving Packages

Forget schlepping a dozen packages and your kids to the post office; now the U.S. Postal Service offers a free pick-up service - have them come to your office. And if you miss a package, scheduling redelivery is also a snap.

#3 Decorations

There’s probably someone out there making boxwood wreath centerpieces and crocheted snowflakes by hand. For the rest of us, there are plenty of easier ways to get that holiday vibe. Most garden stores now offer pre-made winter arrangements for outdoor pots and garland with pre-strung lights. And if you really want to save time, you can have your holiday lights strung for you and your Christmas tree delivered.

#4 Personalized Holiday Cards

We all know there are online card vendors to suit any style or price point, from funky to formal. Looking for recommendations? Check out  the Mommy Track'd Holiday Deals shop for great online card promotions.

#5 Mailing Cards

If you haven’t whipped up a spreadsheet for printing labels, this is your year to make it happen. And if you’re really inspired, you can buy personalized photo stamps or holiday stamps online.

#6 Food Prep

Yes, kids love making holiday cookies. But they’re just as happy if you’re plopping the pre-made variety on a cookie sheet. Spend some quality time on the icing and sprinkles and feel no guilt. For help with bigger-scale baking, hire a high school student to come over and take a stab at your favorite recipes.

#7 Child Care