The Festive season is upon us and with less than three weeks to go until the big day, many of us will already be feeling the pressure that comes with buying presents, cooking Christmas dinner and entertaining guests. However, Christmas is a day for everyone to enjoy, which means you should be having just as great a time as your friends and family are.
Read on for my top tips on how to have a stress-free Christmas day, so that you can relish each and every minute of it with your loved ones.
DON’T TRY TO DO TOO MUCH
Christmas is a time for relaxation, eating, drinking and spending time with friends and family. This means you, as the host, should not feel pressured to do too much. After all, you deserve to enjoy yourself just as much as your guests do.
There are many ways you can take the load off, like ordering the bulk of your presents online rather than going to the shops, or purchasing your Christmas desserts from a delivery service, such as Beverly Hills Bakery, which sends bakery gift baskets in London and elsewhere across the UK.
The old saying “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” certainly rings true during Christmas time, as those who find themselves leaving everything to the last minute may be on the receiving end of some unfortunate luck. The pigs in blankets, turkey, or even your kid’s most sought-after gift, might be sold out, or you could just not have enough time to get everything done.
As such, starting your Christmas preparations as early as possible is the smartest course of action and means you’ll have less to worry about as the day approaches. Creating a thorough to-do list is a great kick-off point and means you can prioritise what needs to be done first, ticking off each task over the coming weeks. Not only does this make you more organised, but it also means you’ll be far less likely to forget any of the essentials!
ASK FOR HELP
Often, we get so used to doing everything in the run-up to Christmas, that we don’t even ask for help, which obviously creates unnecessary stress. That being said, don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones to share some of the responsibility and give you a little helping hand, whether it be in the weeks before, or on Christmas day itself.
Believe it or not, people like to be involved in Christmas planning, and allowing others to help gives you time to sit back, relax and make yourself a nice glass of mulled wine!
Above all, making Christmas exciting, whatever your age group, is what it’s all about. Many of us can get bogged down in the details and end up going overboard, which can really kill the festive vibe.
This year, try not to take Christmas too seriously – after all, there will be another one just next year, so don’t stress out if certain things don’t exactly go to plan. Instead, chill out and enjoy soaking up the festive cheer with your loved ones around you.
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