I plan ahead. I fix the electric light two days ahead of Diwali, and on the day of Diwali, I fix candles inside small diyas and ask my children to put them on the garden walls and the balconies. I just go around lighting them in the evening. I stock the fridge with sweets in the morning, and keep dinner for the family ready, so that there is no cooking to do on Diwali evening. For the guests, I make some snacks like chhole, and keep some namkeen ready to be served with hot tea and sweets. The crackers are always purchased ahead, and kept safe for Diwali evening. I insist on only cotton clothes that cover the legs, and covered shoes for Diwali, and my shopping is usually done much ahead, during the Durga Puja itself. So Diwali evening is stress free, and I can spend time with my kids.