They schedule a visit with SantaiStock/Avid-Creative,-Inc.
Surprise! Did you even know you could do this? Forget about standing in that forever-long line while your infant and toddler are (understandably) melting down. Make a reservation online for a visit with your local Santa, breeze in a few minutes ahead of your appointment time, snap a few cute pics while your kids delight in their special visit, and then take everyone out for a much-deserved lunch. Think of it as like a fastpass at Disney, except slightly less magical because, well, it’s the mall. Feel free to post that cute pic on social media, but avoid posting these other things around the holidays.
They send holiday cardsiStock/PeopleImages
Super-organized families have most likely locked in a seasonal photo session by September or October, but don’t feel like you have to use a Pinterest-perfect picture to send out cards this year. Snap a silly pic of the kids or pets using your phone and head to a site like Shutterfly or Vistaprint. Order cards early enough that you can plan to tackle a few every night over a couple of weeks, so it isn’t an overwhelming task. To keep it even more simple, forgo the photo altogether and write a short, heartfelt note before dropping store-bought cards in the mail. Or save yourself the trouble entirely and send sweet, festive ecards instead! Make sure you follow these etiquette tips for all of your awkward holiday encounters.