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Christmas time means cookies, and cakes, and breads. It means truffles, and bark, and candy. It means crafts, and decorations, and cards. It means visits, and parties, and family.

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Christmas is one of the busiest, craziest times of the year—and Pinterest likely doesn’t help with the busy. There are so many crafts, so many activities, so many fun things that you want to do with your kids—and it feels as though you’d never be able to do them all! Then there are the fun pictures you want to take with your kids (anyone know a good photographer who uses Pinterest for inspiration?), and the gifts you want to buy for them, and the memories you want to make….

Ah, the memories. After all, that’s the real point, isn’t it?

You can spend the Christmas season running around like crazy. You can make yourself nuts with all of the things that you’re doing—or trying to do—for your kids. You can leave half-finished projects scattered everywhere while you hurry off to the next thing on your list.

Or you can make everything that you do complete count.

Try one (or two) ornament-making days with all of the craft supplies for lots of different types set out, instead of trying to make a different one every day. Let your kids choose which ones they actually want to make. It will avoid the days when they turn their noses up and don’t want to complete the craft you’ve set in front of them and keep it unique and interesting so that they’re actually engaged instead of being bored.

Select one or two activities a week that take you out of the house—no more than that. If there are six events in one week, decide which ones you really want to make it to, and don’t rush at any of them. Savor the experience.

Take lots of pictures. When you think you’ve taken too many, take a handful more just for fun—but don’t be so busy taking pictures that you forget to have fun, either. You’re making memories, not photographs.

Pick and choose your baking exploits—and start early! You won’t be able to enjoy most of them if you try to cram all of your baking into the last three or four days before Christmas; but if you make goodies all season, then you get to stretch out the enjoyment longer.

Shop online when you can, and all in one big chunk whenever possible. Sure, it makes for a longer day; but it means that you’re not spending weekend after weekend fighting the crazed crowds in the mall. Even better, if you must go out, try to do it in off-peak hours when it won’t be quite as crazy.

Schedule in time off. Make sure that your family has time to kick back and just breathe—and that you do, too. Don’t be so busy making the memory for them that you never get to sit down and enjoy it. Sure, Polar Express hot chocolate along with the movie sounds great—but not if it means that you spend the entire movie in the kitchen instead of with your kids!

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