It is that time of year, when we are all getting ready for Christmas. Family and friends might be visiting and who knows who else will show up at your door step? My friends and I have been talking about how one would survive this time, especially when you are living at the coast as we do here in sunny South Africa.

Survival tip 1:
Just remember that one day on your death bed, you will not be wishing you had spent more time cleaning your house. This should put things in perspective for you.

Survival tip 2:
Expect the unexpected when it comes to meal times. In our house over December I never know who will be showing up for supper. Prepare some pre-cooked items that you can take from the freezer and just pop into the microwave. Pre-cooked rice, lasagne, chicken, pumpkin pie have been some real life savers in the past.(Or you could just get everything from Woolworths!)

Survival tip 3:
Tell everyone where the washing machine is. If your clothes/towels are not in it, it does not get washed.

Survival tip 4:
Show everyone where the dishwasher is. That’s where plates and cups go after supper.

Survival tip 5:
When someone offers to help, say yes and have something ready for them to do. (Seriously, you don’t need a list).

Survival tip 6:
When the kids start asking “what can we do”, have something ready for them – here you do need a list. Our include: walk the dog, clean your room, play chess, play cards, go swimming, go for a walk, clean the back yard, reorganise your cupboard, do the dishes, sweep the floor, start supper, etc.

Survival tip 7:
Have glass of wine – sip it slowly. Breathe.

I’d love to hear what survival tips work for you. Leave us a comment below.

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