Christmas is almost upon us. And despite all the constant reminders whenever we go to the supermarket or switch on the television it’s all too easy to leave everything to the final countdown, leading to frazzled nerves and last-minute overspending. The answer to a relaxed and happy holiday season without maxing out the plastic is to plan ahead.
Christmas at your place this year? Don’t panic. Tis the season to be jolly, and not melancholy. So don’t let Christmas sneak up on you and lead to last minute stress. The better prepared you are ahead of time, the more true Christmas cheer you will enjoy on the day the rellies roll up to your front door ready for the festivities.
Don’t feel too bound by tradition either. These days, mothers and grandmothers have full-time jobs, blended families can cause added complications and families are often far-flung and living in locations far away from each other. Feel free to reinvent Christmas traditions to suit a 21st century lifestyle while keeping the spirit alive and kicking.
To help you on the way to a festive and happy family Christmas this year, simply join me as I work through my own checklist of to-dos as C-Day approaches.
Here’s what you’ll be doing over the next few weeks:
Week 1 – Confirm family arrangements such as accommodation and transport. Confirm if other family members are helping with food preparation and delegate tasks. Agree on gift budget/theme.
Week 2 – Shop for presents and cards and post any that are going interstate or overseas. Make prior arrangements with butchers, fishmongers etc if roasts and seafood platters are to be ordered in advance.
Week 3 – Buy Christmas decorations if needed and set up the tree and Christmas lights.
Week 4 – Do a final house clean, prepare the spare room and bedding, confirm accommodation and ensure all family/attendees know what time to arrive and what to bring.
If you start planning now, your December will be blissful and then come Christmas Day you will be relaxed and ready to spend a laid-back day with your loved ones!
Got any tried and tested tips to having a stress free holiday season? Share your festive wisdom in the comments!
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