Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. – Norman Vincent Peale
Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year, filled with happiness, love and community.
I. Am. So. Excited.
Simply for the fact that I can now blog about Christmas has me jumping up and down with excitement! Although Christmas is a time of joy, unrivaled excitement and the purest of emotions for me, for most it can be an extremely stressful time of year. Christmas cards, presents, turkey, wrapping paper, miles worth of sellotape, stamps, bows, baubles, beads, decorations, there is so much to remember, and for most even that list is enough to create fear! So this year I’ve decided I would like to write about how I take the stress out of Christmas in the hope it will give you time to actually enjoy the season!
1. Planning, Planning, Planning, Planning. I love a good plan! Even designing plans gets be excited (sad I know). My top tip for having a stress free Christmas is to get yourself a planner – or if you’re creative, make one!
2. Shop online! I am such a digital addict, if there is an option to do something digitally, chances are that’s what I’ll do – and shopping is no different. With car parking prices so high these days, I can’t find a single incentive to go wandering around the shops for hours on end when I could simply curl up on my warm sofa with a cuppa and do the same task….Is that just me? Shopping online means you can shop from several different shops, and have everyone’s presents ordered by the end of the day. You can even choose the gift wrapped option if you don’t like wrapping presents (however wrapping presents is one of my favourite things to do)!
3. Fairy lights, beads, candles and garlands/ wreaths. These are so easy to decorate with and instantly add some festivity to your home. Burning Christmas scented candles is such a time saver and immediately makes your home feel like Christmas! Pine, orange, cinnamon… mmm!
4. Secret Santa. If you have a large family or a large friendship group, save time (and money) by suggesting a Secret Santa instead of buying individual presents. Picking the names could be an occasion in itself, but it also means you can spend time buying someone a really thoughtful nice gift instead of lots of little gifts for everyone – your bank account will thank you too!
5. Christmas meals – frozen. Christmas day can be a very stressful time if you’re playing host. Making sure all the food is cooked and ready on time, entertaining guests, keeping things moderately in order. It’s a big job! A trick my aunt taught me last year as we prepared for Christmas is to cook as much as you can in advance and freeze it. That Christmas pudding giving you nightmares? Cook and freeze it. The potatoes and veg timings a real concern? Cook and freeze them. The only thing we’ve found that you can’t freeze prior is the turkey!
So there you go! An ultimate guide to making Christmas a breeze! Do you have any more Christmas tips to making Christmas a dream? If so let me know in the comments!