There are two sides to the festive season: there’s the side in which you enjoy yourself with friends and family, see people you don’t see as often as you should, and enjoy a fun time with plenty to eat and drink. Then there’s the side in which you have to prepare and organise everything, get stressed about every single detail being right, and to add to that, you need to get the Christmas shopping done!
The latter is one of the most stressful and annoying parts of the Christmas routine. You go to town, the stores are packed with people looking for last minute gifts, and you end up buying things that are not what you wanted in the first place. That’s why we’ve put together a few ideas that will help you take the strain out of at least this part of the Christmas plan.
This is something you tell yourself you should do, but you most likely never get around to it, yet it’s something that really will help. Make a list of everything you have to do – including organising any parties, trips, or visits – and also of everyone you need to buy a gift for. Then, have a look at that list, and see who else could perhaps take some of the work off your hands: your other half, maybe, or an elder child could help. Leave yourself with as little work as possible – you may be surprised how much someone else can do for you!
From your list of people you need to buy gifts for, sort them into categories and list suitable gifts for them. For example, for the children – whether yours or those of family and friends – you may have ideas such as storybooks or educational toys in mind. For your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, you might want to include the likes of Christmas gift baskets or bottles of their favourite drink. This may sound like an added chore at first, but it will take you a matter of minutes and help you build up an easy to action Christmas shopping list.
Create a Calendar
We all know when Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are, but what about the days in the lead up to Christmas, and those between Christmas and New Year? You will undoubtedly have a variety of social and family occasions to attend to, so use a calendar or diary to keep up to date. You would be surprised how easy it is to forget an important occasion until the last minute, with so much going on during the festive season.
As you will gather from the above, the key elements to having a stress free Christmas are time management and making sure you know who is doing what, and when. If you follow our tips above you will find that everything runs much more smoothly, you and your family are more relaxed, and that Christmas is a time that can be enjoyed to the full!