Christmas is traditionally the time when we let our hair down and relax, right? Unfortunately not! The run up to Christmas is a mad rush of buying presents and food as well as planning and organising for the actual day. At this time of year, many of us are running around trying to find the perfect present for that tricky family member. It can be stressful! Wouldn’t it be nice if the Christmas cheer could be there while you prepared for the big day?
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We all have family members or friends that are difficult to buy for so instead of getting them something generic like you do every year, why not get everyone to make a wish list? This way people get what they want for Christmas and it makes your life easier when it comes to finding them a present. Be sure to set a budget especially if you have a lot of people to buy for.
Online shopping is a great way to combat the stress as it saves you having to trawl around the shops. This time of year everywhere gets really busy. Why not get into the spirit of the Christmas hustle and bustle without having to find a million presents in a short space of time.
There are many different ways to save for Christmas, that doesn’t mean having to put extra money away each month. Many supermarkets offer some sort of loyalty card where you can build up points and get money off your shopping. Save the points up over the year and you’ll have more to spend on feeding the family and possibly the odd present.
Split the responsibility
If the family are coming to visit over Christmas why not arrange to split the cooking responsibilities? Ask them to bring a few nibbles or something for dessert. Family are more than happy to help you out!
The early bird catches the worm
The key to having a stress free Christmas is preparation and timing. Start preparing as early as possible; it doesn’t have to be a military operation. It could be as simple as buying the wrapping paper and cards on Boxing Day ready for next year. You might also end up spending less! Start asking friends and family to write up a wish list in November then get what you can online so you miss the Christmas rush.
Go away for Christmas
If all this is too much, take a trip this Christmas! There are always some great hotel offers around in the festive season. Go and explore a different city or town with the kids or visit those relatives you’ve been meaning to see each year. Plan your trip in advanced and let someone else do the cooking and cleaning. Just don’t forget to tell Father Christmas where you’ll be!