Holiday stress

The Christmas period is more stressful because of the combination of school holidays, summer holidays and Christmas celebrations. My friend Robyn Malcolm (one of the most practical and devoted mothers I know) told me her tricks:

• Shop off-peak: Stores are excessively crowded in December, but not as much in the early morning or late night period

• Chop food beforehand (even a day or two in advance) and assemble on the day

• Cook and freeze your meals early

• Make a detailed list of things to do and group similar tasks together

• Buy during sales and store things away.

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