You're trying to wrap gifts, address holiday cards and bake cookies for the neighbors. When you add all of these tasks into the mix of your usual household tasks it can certainly be overwhelming. You might find yourself with little patience and feeling short-tempered. If you have children, they're probably picking up on your tension and reacting in inappropriate ways.
Resorting to telling them they'll be on Santa's naughty list might not be effective. There are some simple things you can do to ease the tension.
* Enlist your children to stuff envelopes and put stamps on holiday cards.
* Have them help bake cookies. They can stir in chocolate chips and add sprinkles.
* Involve them in wrapping gifts. Just be sure to have an extra roll of tape on hand because kids love to play with it.
* When a squabble breaks out, start singing a holiday song. What child can resist a chorus of Jingle Bells or Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer?
At the end of a hectic day plug in the lights on the tree, gather your children on your lap and read a cherished Christmas story. After all, that's what Christmas is all about.