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How to do Christmas in pain?

Dec 10, 2017 5:21 AM

I bet a lot of you know how the struggle that comes with the coming holidays.
There is a lot of things that i would like to get done, but with my pain i just don't know if i can do it all.

This year it's my turn to host the Christmas dinner with my inlaws. Just to quickly clarify, im danish, so out traditions may vary from yours. The biggest thing is that everything goes down in the evening on the 24'th.

That means i have two weeks left. It's not critical yet, but i can only do a little bit at the time, and with all the normal things need doing as well and my shoulder has been really bad the last week, and it dislocated 5 min ago meaning i have to at least spend another 3 days doing absolut minimum.
I do have a great boyfriend who does help out, but he recently got a new job that leave him away from home at least 12 hours a day. So i can't leave it all to him for when he's finally home.

So what are your tricks to getting it all done(decorating, baking, cleaning, cooking ect.)?

Dec 10, 2017 4:42 PM

Pacing will be vital! An hour doing stuff an hour off etc, get as many people involved helping as you can and cut corners if possible (easy decorations, frozen food easier to cook?)

Dec 12, 2017 6:47 PM

Everything that can be prepared and frozen ahead of time do it. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Hire someone to clean. Remember the more you stress the more you are going to hurt.

Dec 13, 2017 3:15 AM

Thanks for your help ☺️

I have started to write down all i want to get done, to get a better idea og what i can do and when. Last year i made a shedule of the tasks and it really helped my boyfriend to get stuff done in advance, since he always want to do everything on the day. And i just can't do that anymore after my injury. (We been together for almost 13 years but my pain problem only started 3 years ago)
Mit mother-in-law have offered to help (" with anything, just say when") so im thinking about what i can ask of her. Maybe to come help with cleaning the oven and fridge.

Surpisingly i have had a few good days, so i got all the presents wrapped. I did cut corners, so if there was more the one present for a person (like there's 4 for my sister) i just put it all in the same box so i only wrap one present for each. And i think im as good as done with the decorating, except for the tree since here we don't bring it in until the 23'rd. But i am hoping i can get my boyfriend to bring it in a day day earlier, so we have more time to decorate it and less to do day before and on the 24th.

Dec 13, 2017 1:32 PM

Sounds like you are doing everything I would suggest.
I like your idea of wrapping each persons gifts in pne box. I may borrow that idea from you.
The only suggestion I might add would to be to artificail per lit greens to decorate the house inside and out. I know they don't smell as good or look quite right but the advantage is you can put them earlier without worry about them loosing thier needles every where.
I have not done the Christmas party in a couple of years but I rember how much work goes into doing . Just remembet don't do so much you make yourself sick. You want to able to enjoy the party as well. It is about family and not about the decorations😊

Dec 16, 2017 4:22 PM

Pacing yourself, doing thing in compartmental groups, and taking frequent breaks

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