Moving can be stressful, and so can the holiday season. If you’re putting the two together, then you may be wondering how you’ll survive. Although moving during the holidays is not an easy task, it can be done without turning you into the Grinch. Here’s what you need to know if you’re moving during the most wonderful time of the year.

Strategize the timing

If you have any wiggle room with your timing, then you can be strategic about it. Try to hold off on moving until the week between Christmas and New Years. That tends to be the least hectic week during the holiday season, and most of your celebrations will be behind you.

Keep one room decorated

Do you love decking the halls? There’s no reason you have to give it up just because you’re moving. While you may not want to unpack every last elf and angel, you should consider decorating one room. This allows you to still enjoy the spirit of the holiday without making too much extra work for yourself. If you need to move any of your normal decor out of the way when you decorate, just go ahead and pack those items up so they’re ready to be moved.

Purge and donate

The holidays are a season of giving, so now is a great time to purge and donate items you no longer need. There’s no reason to drag unused items to your next place. Instead, pack them up and donate them to your favorite charity. It will lighten your load and help out an organization that could use your support.

Consider dining out

If you normally host a big holiday dinner, maybe this is the year to delegate or to dine out. You already have enough on your plate (so to speak) without having to plan and cook for your whole crew. If nobody else is able to host, you can either plan to have dinner at your favorite restaurant or order takeout and eat at home. If you use your special holiday dishes, you can pack them up for moving as soon as you’ve finished cleaning. To really save time and energy, consider using disposable plates and utensils just for this year.

Be ready for the weather

We all know how unpredictable the weather can be during the holiday season. Don’t let bad weather derail your moving day. Follow the weather report so you’re prepared the day of the move. Make sure you have all the proper supplies and that everyone has outerwear that will keep them warm and dry. Keep a pot of hot coffee or hot chocolate available at all times so everyone can warm up. Watch out for slippery sidewalks and driveways, and have waterproof materials on hand to cover up any valuable furniture or other items as you unload them from the truck.

Tell Santa

Finally, don’t forget to let Santa know if you’re going to be in your new house before Christmas. Moving is tough on kids, especially in the middle of a school year. Let them write letters to Santa with their new address, and maybe even leave a present from Santa in your new home for the kids to discover the day you move in.