In my Facebook group over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing tips to help make Christmas as calm as possible, and the ideas shared by parents have been amazing.  So, this week I thought I’d share some of their brilliant ideas for making Christmas Day go smoothly. 

In no particular order here they are: 

1) Have Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve, then you don’t spend all of Christmas Day cooking.  You can spend it with the kids instead. 

2) Have a PJ day – takes all the pressure off.   

3) Don’t force your teenagers to join you for dinner. 

4) Have a buffet, or easy to prepare food on Christmas Day. One family had a big take away curry delivered on Christmas eve that they re-heated on Christmas Day.  (as a curry lover, this sounds like a fantastic idea). 

5) Lower your expectations.  Having high expectations for the perfect day that you remember having as a child possibly isn’t realistic. 

6) Spread out the presents throughout the day.  It can make it easier for the children to cope.  I’ll be honest though I’d never manage this one in my house! 

7) Give the main present on Christmas Eve to reduce the anxiety levels. 

8) Play sensory games throughout the day to help the children to regulate (great for adults to!) 

9) Don’t feel you have to spend it with family if that would cause too much stress. 

10) Try and get outside. Fresh air and exercise is great for regulation. 

Getting support

We’ve had lots of conversations in the group about Christmas, and a whole host of other things, so do come and join us if you’d like to.  www.facebook.com/groups/connectiveparentingusingnvr 

Over in the Connective Parenting Hub we have a nutritionist running a workshop for us – ‘Survive Christmas with your picky eater’. If this sounds helpful or you need extra support over the holidays, come and join us in the Hub – https://sarahpfisher.com/connectiveparentinghub/ 

I hope that you have a calm and enjoyable Christmas.  I’ll be back in the New Year and as ever there will be plenty of ways in which I can I help and support.   

Happy Christmas! 

Sarah 🙂