Time-Saving Tips for the Holidays **wink**

Finding time for everything in daily life can be a challenge. The holidays add an extra burden to the growing list of things to do. This year marks the shortest amount of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Think you can do it all? You can’t. There’s no time to dink around people! You’re basically screwed unless you follow my tips:

No time to buy a host or hostess gift?

Recycle! Fill all those holiday mugs you’ve received over the years with your leftover Halloween candy. Everyone loves Snickers bars.

last minute hostess gift

Don’t judge me. The candy canes are from last year. I ate all the Snickers bars.

No time to write for your blog?

Post office party photos. Make up funny captions like, “Bob always peeks into the secret Santa gifts and slips his name on the best one.”  Then cross-post it on Facebook. Watch your Klout score soar! Don’t forget to tag your boss, Bob.

No time for shopping?

Buy presents and groceries online and have them delivered. Your family will appreciate having something to eat even if you go heavy on frozen French fries. Just make sure to order ketchup.


No time to bake cookies with the kids?

Add frozen waffles to your online shopping list. Your kids can use cutouts to make different shapes. Sift some powdered sugar on top and call them, “Special Snowflake Cookies.”

snowflake cookies

No time for exercise?

Run in place while wrapping presents. Just be careful with the scissors. You don’t have time to go to the emergency room.

No time to decorate inside your home?

Light candles. No one will notice as your guests bump around your house.

No time to take a family photo for your holiday card?

Go green! Recycle last year’s card. No one will notice.

I could pick one of these…

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No time to buy a tree?

Cut down that seedling that grew over the summer.  That’s what we’re doing!

No time to decorate a tree?

Order tinsel online and throw it over the boughs. You could make Tinsel Tossing a new family tradition!

No time to put up outdoor Christmas lights?

Replace your outdoor entry lights with red bulbs and call it a day.


I’m addicted to decorating, shopping, cooking, baking, blogging and writing. I’ll sleep in January.  Wait! I forgot about making my Christmas card. Where’s that tinsel?

Watch out Martha

How do you save time during the holidays?

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  1. I never have time here.. I just do the best I can. I did most of my shopping online as this small town is impossible to shop in unless you want a case of beer or Tim Hortons donuts. 🙂 The mug idea was brilliant. I have about 500 chocolate eyeballs left..:)


  2. You have been warned: my daughter and I are going to a cinema matinee’ Christmas Day and splurging for popcorn. If there’s any left…we’ll string the leavings into halos….and wear them….
    xxooxJots to Susie


      1. Hadn’t thought of that duel-purpose fake butter, artery clogging, yet hair conditioning popcorn halo. I’ll do us proud and wear with pride…but stay out of pigeon populated Portland parks….

        Happy Christmas to you and yours!!


    1. Hahaha! This was my satirical approach to the holidays, but the Special Snowflake Cookies turned out great! I wonder how many times they’ve been brought to cookie exchanges. Hmm…. 🙂
      Thanks! I hope you have lots of extra time during the holidays!


  3. I must admit I seem to be prioritising Christmas things for a change except baking which I suck at and there’s no room in the freezer. Bake it when you want to eat it I say. This post is so much fun 😉


      1. I’ve just got to pull off doing an Indiana Jones face on a birthday cake tomorrow. Deep breaths lol then I’ll turn to Christmas 🙂 Happy Christmas!


  4. I am very lucky because my friends and family are all very low key about the holiday season. In a few weeks, I’ll get together with my sister and we’ll get Christmas dinner together, a repeat of the one dish everyone in our family likes that can accommodate everyone’s health issues. I could be mistaken, but I don’t anticipate my holidays morphing into The Hassle From Hell this year. In fact, this year is the earliest that I have ever finished all of my holiday shopping. As long as I don’t miss my flight to California in a few weeks, everything should be okay. Famous last words.


  5. What a hoot! I inadvertently saved time by totally forgetting to get our kids something for St. Nick’s day yesterday. Oops! Oh, well – thankfully they’re old enough that they really don’t care too much… 🙂


  6. I’m shutting off my cell and changing the ms. on the answering machine to one that says I’ve left for Miami. Meanwhile I’,m inside with hot chocolate the TV on a headset and being quiet as a mouse.


  7. Great one Susie! I am officiating my sisters wedding on the 28th this year as well! As if the holidays needed to be busier? However, I don’t have a house full of kids so that in itself does save time. I hope you enjoy all of your festivities!


    1. As long as they’re Snickers Bars. And just think of how you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint. 🙂
      Is that snow I’m seeing on my computer or is that in my house??? It’s 55 degrees now and falling….


    1. Oh thanks! I’m glad you got the sarcasm!!! I am going to cut down the juniper in the yard. We were going to get rid of it this summer, but I had a Eureka moment!
      Have a Merry Christmas!


  8. These are hilarious, Susie!! My fave is the waffle cookies! I am SO doing that! Brilliant! Someone seems to have pressed the slow motion button on my body remote and I can’t get anything done! I am so overwhelmed that I don’t know where to begin. I know a way to save on a Christmas tree. Find a channel that displays one as a background (kind of like a flickering fire place) and keep it on at all times! Your living room will look festive and you won’t have any needles to clean up! LOL.


    1. Don’t worry. You’ll get it done. Make a list and check it twice.
      Love the TV Christmas tree idea! How funny! I felt like I had everything under control until I remembered that I had to draw my Christmas card. I have it all sketched out, but the gas went out in our town and it’s freezing in my house!!!!
      The waffle cookies were so easy! I bet people have used them for cookie exchanges…:)
      Merry Christmas!


      1. Speaking of cookie exchange, I’m supposed to bake 60 peanut butter blossom cookies by Sunday morning and I haven’t begun! I’m actually dealing with esophageal problems and can’t swallow. Have an MRI on Tues, so I’m pretty miserable. Hoping to get to the bottom of this soon! You have a great weekend too. Enjoy “Dracula” tonight!


        1. I’m sorry to hear that. Forget the cookies and rest.
          Yep! I would love to see Dracula. The Christmas party we were going to is cancelled since the gas is out. We’re freezing here too! Probably going out to eat.


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  10. Well done, Susie. This year I’ve done things a little differently. The first weekend after Thanksgiving, I shopped, wrapped, and mailed all the gifts for family who live out of town. I have never been on top of the away gifts before. I’m usually getting them off with minutes to spare. But alas, that means I’m behind with all the other aspects of holiday prep. But it’s crazy. I have something that needs to be done every day if I want to make it all work. And don’t get me started on Elf on the Shelf — just one more thing I have to think about every day!!


    1. That was last year for me, but my kids gave me specific lists. This year with women’s clothing being the ugliest ever, I’m in a pickle. Sounds like you have most of it under control! We still have 16 days. Thank God!
      Please explain Elf on a shelf!


      1. Elf on a shelf is a doll that just shows up at your house “unexpectedly and mysteriously” and it hides every night in a new place in the house. Each morning the kids are supposed to find it, and it stays put all day until it’s time for the kids to go to bed and then it will hide again. This is not something I grew up with; I think it’s rather new.


  11. These tips are perfecto! I saved a lot of time by avoiding Black Friday and getting everyone gift cards. Loved the Christmas lights tip!


  12. Yum! Crossaint rolls, my fave! And these are wonderful time-savers (snicker). I am pretty caught up, I guess…..Who am I kidding? I have no clue what I am doing! Lol. But our trees are up and I have ordered our Christmas cards and a few things from online. We got ICED in all weekend. Poor retail shops here. Now there are even fewer days of retail sales. 🙂


    1. Same here! It’s hovered around zero for days and our gas went out for a while. The inside temperature went down to 43 degrees!
      Sounds like you’ve got it under control!! Just fake it like me!


  13. Very good and funny – love it … glad I’m not into very much when it’s about Christmas … totally stress-fee. One of those sad ones. For me Christmas is all about togetherness … but with only me left in the family – Christmas would have meant loneliness, if it had been for my best friends. No, give me the light, the cards, the decorations … and some of the music. The rest I can be without. Because what Christmas has become is … not good. Where we pay of everything until next Christmas. Sorry, for being such pain. *smile


  14. How do I get my grubby mitts on those croissants, because they look AMAZING!

    Also, I am making waffle cookies for breakfast every day for the rest of holiday season. Just to keep things festive, and totally not because I love breakfast cookies.


    1. Hahaha! You go!! I’m still eating the waffles, but I have to admit they were homemade… 🙂
      I made a mistake while making those croissants this year and didn’t put in enough yeast and doubled the eggs. They were the best ever! I should share the recipe since it’s my own happy mistake!


  15. Hey Susie, how’s it hanging… I’ve been neglecting WP for a while, but not once forgot about your awesome blog. I hope you’ve been well… The holidays are just around the corner – keep warm! 🙂


    1. Great to “see” you Barry! Thanks so much for thinking of me!
      The girls are defying gravity quite well thank you! I just finished my handmade Christmas cards and am looking forward to doing a little shopping. It was below zero last week and we were without heat, but all’s well now!
      Hope you have the happiest of holidays, but I’m sure I will “see” you before then! 🙂


  16. Ha! – this Holiday Season has GONE CRAZY!!! I have hosted 2 sets of family from 11/27 to 12/16 – I am toast, please call me done – ha! I am ready for some down time over the next 2 to 3 weeks to spend with myself and my greatest someone:)


  17. I can’t believe I have turned the calendar page!! WHAT! Trying to get a few things done in the evenings after work. Hostess gift wise I have often bought pretty napkins off and on all year and have on hand. Happy Pulling it together my friend. Oh and keeping it together.


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