Sunday shouldn't feel like a day of duty, but a day when we can joyfully worship, relax and live at a slower pace. It's good for our bodies and minds to have a day of rest.
The most stressful part of Sundays for us is trying to get everyone fed, dressed and out the door on time. I've noticed that the more I plan ahead, the smoother it goes. Isn't that always the case? :) If we lay out everyone's clothes on Saturday night and I have Sunday's meals planned ahead we have less chaos as we try to get out the door to church. I like to do some sort of special breakfast on Sunday morning, but it needs to be something I can make up the night before to pop in the oven in the morning or something that is quick and easy. There's no point in stressing out all morning and fussing at everyone because I'm getting breakfast ready and trying to get the dishes washed before we leave the house. I'm pretty sure they would rather have cold cereal than a grumpy mama. I've also given myself permission not to do laundry and housework on Sunday (even though that means Mondays are catch up days). If my in-laws stop by on Sunday afternoon (which they often do) and there are unwashed dishes in the sink, I'm sure they'll get over it. :)
I've also found that it's essential for me to get up on time. I set my alarm and try to get myself totally dressed and ready to go and have breakfast ready before I wake up the kids. If I oversleep (it's always a temptation for me to hit snooze one too many times) then things just don't go as smoothly.
We try to keep Sunday afternoons relaxing by turning the TV off (doesn't always happen during football season :)) so we can play games, take walks or just goof off. Having a little unstructured time is good for all of us.
How do you make Sunday special and a day of rest at your house?