Having so much to do can make this time of year very stressful. You can make it a bit easier by getting organised. Spend some time today writing lists and checking what you've done and what still needs to be done before the 25th.
Make as many lists as you need - cards to write and post, gifts to buy, food to order, people to visit, parties to prepare for and so on. Use your diary and book slots for all the activities ~ knowing you'll have the time to do them can help prevent panic ~ and don't forget to delegate ~ you are not solely responsible for Christmas!
As I started to write this post I did begin to wonder about difference between a stew and a casserole. Well ~ according to Wikipedia ~
"A distinction can be made between casseroles and stews: stewing is a cooking process whereby heat is applied to the bottom of the cooking vessel (typically over a fire or on a stove), whereas casserole is generally baked in an oven, where heat circulates all around the cooking vessel"
So there you are! Truth be told, it doesn't really matter what you call them but cooking them is a great idea for this time of year ~ they're tasty, they're nutritious and you can make them in advance and freeze them.
There's no shortage of recipes out there - here are a few of my favourites.
It's starting to get busy ~ it's going to get busier. Christmas is getting closer and there's still so much to do. Why not have a little calm before the storm and have a couple of hours doing as little as possible today. Put your feet up in front of the TV and indulge in a festive film.
A nice simple (and enjoyable) task today ~ just take a break and have a leisurely cup of tea. As it's Christmas why not have some special, festive flavoured tea ... in a Christmas mug ... stirred with a special spoon ...