Monday, December 20, 2021

Surviving the Holidays

I hope that you're not too stressed with the holiday preparations. I've been taking some of my advice this year...because not much is ready here 😁 

10 strategies for surviving the holidays 

Do you want to know the secret to surviving the holidays? These are my suggestions. I’m not an expert – except that I have managed to survive 58 of them so far…

BTW I can’t be held responsible if others in your family don’t approve of these great innovative ideas!

Survive and maybe even enjoy the holidays!


This is by far my favourite idea! Hide out in your quilting studio and don’t come out till the holidays are over – or better yet, when spring is in the air, your bulbs are peaking through the snow and the birds are back! 

If you just can’t swing this, negotiate at least one day (or a few hours over a few days) to yourself, in your quilting studio during the holidays. Hopefully that will be enough to energize you for a while.

Hibernate in your studio...for the holidays
or for the entire winter  😊

2. Gift giving - Online shopping

I know....we should be finished by now...but not a chance! 

We’ve all become experts on doing online shopping. It doesn’t mean that we don’t love our local quilt shop, it just means that we have expanded our horizons! The perfect time for online shopping is when all is quiet in the house! If you can’t get to the store across the city during the day, shop online and have it delivered…and if you spent lots and lots of money, they’ll deliver it for free!

Pamper yourself, or others, online
You can even buy locally online

3.  Gift giving - Quilted gifts

I can hear you wondering how this is going to help you survive the holidays since this is possibly one of your major holiday stressors. My innovative idea – give the hardest to-shop-for person a quilty IOU. In a Christmas card or on a large gift tag, write down what their quilted gift will be (keep it general, small and realistic – they may actually expect you to deliver on this!) Then you can shop the Boxing Day sales from the comfort of your home, buy some yummy fabrics for you and to make the gift!

This year, I am following this idea, sort of....I managed to make 2 Christmas placemats but only one of them got quilted before my son and his girlfriend left for the I wrapped the one that was done, and will quilt the other one and send my son a picture of it so that he can share it with her 😊 on Christmas day. I can have it FMQ before Christmas, but not before they left this morning!

The one left to quilt! 😀

The finished one 😊

Here are some great gift ideas that could easily be delivered later....after Christmas!

Make a set of microwave bowl holders

Quilted baskets are a great gift and don't
need to be Christmas themed

4. Gift giving – Support local crafters, artists and companies

An alternative is to support local quilters. artists or specialty food companies, either online, in stores or through crafts shows. I know of several quilters who have Etsy shops with incredibly well made and reasonably priced quilted gifts and textile art. Don’t procrastinate though cause you’re going to run out of time!

Buy from local quilters on Etsy!
Cheesecakery Bakery - locally made cheesecakes
in a jar 😋 Yum!

5.  Decorating

Take out all of your Christmas quilts, runners and wall hangings and call the house decorated! If you really must have a tree, get two or three of your grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or neighbour's kids to help decorate the tree. Have them decorate your tree, then feed them holiday sweets and send them home before the sugar rush sets in!

Take out the Christmas quilts!
Take out your home-made holiday decorations

If the tree really needs to go up, get bribe the grand kids to do it!

6a.  Cooking – get invited

Get yourself invited for Christmas dinner somewhere, pick up an amazing desert at your favourite local bakery and a bottle of wine. If you can’t pull this one off, consider cooking less. There are great places that make excellent food that you could buy for parts of your meal.

Buy some locally made food to give or for parts of your meal

6b. Cooking - Try out your festive meal ahead of time

Make sure that the meal that you’re planning for Christmas dinner only includes recipes that you’ve tried before. This year, we practiced our dinner twice on company – so the third time will be a breeze! 

If you’re having people over, when they ask you what they can bring, instead of saying “Oh, don’t worry about it”, seriously consider letting them contribute. If they are really good at making something, give them the pleasure of making and sharing it with everyone.

7.  Sleep in

Even if you can't sleep in every day, give yourself permission to sleep in at least on one or two days.  If you're the type of person who wakes up at 6 am every day, consider getting up to make a coffee and then going back to bed with a great book. Give yourself permission to rest :-)

This Christmas we are dog-sitting my brother's two small dogs. They wake up early but once they've done their business and gotten their treat, they don't mind taking a nap 😊

Twix and Taffy going back to sleep!

8. Pamper yourself

What is the one thing that you haven't done in ages that you used to love to do, before kids, work and responsibilities? It could be singing your heart out, dancing, going out with friends for a cup of coffee or tea or maybe even giving yourself a manicure (or better still getting someone else to give you one!) Take the time this holiday season to do something that makes you happy or makes you laugh. You deserve it!

Take it easy and enjoy the holidays!

9. Reach out

The holiday season can be very difficult for people who are grieving or who are lonely. If you can, take some time out of your holiday to call or visit someone who could really use a friend.

Visit those who are lonely or grieving

10. Gratitude

No matter how busy or stressed this holiday season gets, remember that you are blessed with all kinds of wonderful people around you. You are also blessed with this amazing art that makes your soul sing! Be grateful for all that you have.

Gratitude makes everything better :-)

Do you have any other ideas for surviving the holidays? Please share them with us! 🎄🎅🎉

I wish you all a Christmas / Holiday season filled with love, joy, fun and peace.

Thanks so much for sharing this quilting journey with me. It means a lot to me 😊

Love, Andrée

Related links

Linking parties
I'll be linking up to many fun linking parties. Let's see how other people are coping with the holidays😊 Mosaic Monday, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, 15 Minutes to Stitching 2021, Patchwork & Quilts, Oh Scrap!, TGIFF with Anja, Peacock Party, Off The Wall Friday, Tips and Tutorials


  1. I love your beautiful quilts! The colors of the season are so pretty and nice to enjoy in our homes. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much. My Christmas quilts are mostly up...but we're not at the tree yet! Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year if we don't chat before then.

  2. Superbes quilts pour illustrer les bonnes astuces des vacances ;))
    j'aime bien la première !
    Bises, et joyeuses fêtes :)

    1. Merci Frédérique. C'est aussi ma favorite. Une bonne fois je veux faire un quilt avec hivernation et estivation :-) Joyeuses fêtes!

  3. Such wise tips you've listed. Thank you for reminding everyone that we have to take care of ourselves!

  4. Andree - these are all terrific tips! I would add going outside for a short walk every day - and if you live in an area with snow, make a snowman or have an impromptu snowball fight or make a snow angel. A momentary return to our childhood is so invigorating! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, and Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Hi Angie, those are great ideas. I'm afraid that going out and moving is not my go-to but I will try to go out a little bit and play in the snow if it gets sticky enough to make a snowman or balls! I hope you have a chance to go out and play during the holidays. Merry Christmas.

  5. Great ideas Andree! I love the one about give what you can and send the other placemat later, it's brilliant, no need to stress over what is not done. It's a beautiful gift as any of your quilting work would be - a microwave pot holder is a good one too!
    I have enjoyed my visit here today - Happy Christmas
    Wren x

    1. Hi Wren, I'm so happy that you visited and took the time to comment. I'm slowly getting some Christmas projects done since there aren't really any deadlines - my 5 year old UFO can be finished after the holidays... it won't much matter :-) Happy Christmas!

  6. These are all great ideas and I endorse all of them. I've tried all of them. I wrapped up an unfinished quilt and gifted it, then took it back to finish it. Unfortunately it took more than a year to get it through the finish line!

  7. Wonderful post and ideas, quilts and photos. I am certainly looking into hibernating and sleeping in :)

    Happy Holidays!

  8. Great ideas, obviously given a lot of thought. Merry Christmas! And a much better 2022.

  9. A very reasonable set of suggestions. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to practice those before the holiday, but hopefully I can work a few of them in this next week of vacation.

  10. Really good suggestions Andrée. I especially love (of course I would) the photo of Twik and Taffy on the pink quilt. Hope you are having a good rest. These next ten months will fly by I'm sure.

  11. Great tips! Gratitude does make it all better. Thanks for linking up to #TTot22!


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