7 easy tricks to survive Christmas parties with junior

Follow these top tips to keep your sanity intact while managing your mini-me amid all that Christmas mayhem.

Christmas is the highlight of the year-end holidays, especially when you’re a child, with shopping malls decked out in sparkling Christmas lights and festive decorations. The best part? The gifts you look forward to unwrapping.

As a parent, Christmas these days is still meaningful, but it’s also a lot more stressful. Your to-do list has increased in length and you’re the point person to get it all done.

But before you resign yourself to a frantic prep for get-togethers, putting a plan of action together will likely save your sanity. We’ve rounded up timely tips that’ll help you power through any party like a pro…

Doing up your gift list and getting your shopping done at least a month in advance checks off a huge task on your to-do list.


1. Get your shopping done way in advance Doing up your gift list and getting your shopping done at least a month in advance checks off a huge task on your to-do list. Kristine Tay, 37, says she creates lists for the different groups of people she needs to get gifts for. “I’ve a list for my colleagues, another for my extended family and in-laws and yet another for my own family.”

The accountant and mother of two kids aged 4 and 6 also advises that you shop for presents during the year instead of cramming it all at year’s end. “I try not to buy all my gifts during a fixed festive period as there’s a chance people would have seen the item if it’s on discount.”

2. If all else fails, offer to bring food If you’re still shopping and time is of the essence, ask your host if it’s okay for you to bring food to the party. This way, you won’t turn up empty handed and the other guests will be able to try something different. Just be sure to take note of any special dietary preferences. If bringing food is too complicated, a couple of bottles of wine or an assortment of drinks will do nicely, too.

3. You may want to take time off work Balancing work with preparing for these parties can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Also, the festive period is one of the worst times of the year to fall sick. Taking a leave of absence in the run-up to Christmas prevents you from being overly stressed by the time the celebrations roll around. Taking a day off after the party also gives you more time to recuperate.