My gift to myself? Soup to nuts, I ordered my entire holiday dinner take out from a local restaurant. I'll pick it up a day ahead and finish cooking it so that as my guests arrive, they'll be greeted by the scents and smells of a freshly cooked prime rib, multiple sides and even various desserts to be baked after we gorge. And I am not sure how you're family works, but in ours, gals prep, and guys clean. No dishpan hands for this mama!
I just spent a week away, have a gazillion commitments the next few days, and just want to enjoy Christmas. Tradition calls for a large Christmas breakfast (fried dough. Always.), so after all that cooking, my little treat is this. So while you're out and about shopping mamas, take some pressure off yourselves to be the perfect host, and prepare everything home made. Pick up a few pre-made items or make sure to ask guests to pitch in. No one puts mama behind the stove while everyone's in the living room watching the Celtics go nuts on Orlando singing Christmas carols and exchanging pleasantries.