It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for some Christmas can be stressful. Whether you’re trying to plan dinner for twelve, worried about spending time with the in-laws or having a small meltdown about buying presents for the kids, we’ve gathered the best tips to take the stress out of the festive season.
Shop Early and Look for Sales
If the damage to your bank balance from buying presents makes you want to weep, it’s time to get organised. Make a list of everyone you need to buy gifts for and write down some ideas. Shopping online can be a lot less painful than hitting the high street and you can save some serious cash by shopping during Black Friday. At Chemist Direct, you can find Black Friday deals on gift ideas like fragrance and luxury skincare.
Take an Audit of Family Traditions
Most families have all kinds of Christmas traditions, but regular trips to the theatre or ice skating can get expensive, while supervising small children making decorations can take up a lot of precious time. Take an audit of your traditions and make sure they’re all things that the family still enjoys. If you’re dragging the kids, kicking and screaming, to see The Nutcracker, or you’d rather do anything than help your mother-in-law make four hundred mince pies for the church Nativity play, drop it. Spend your time and money on activities you can enjoy as a family.
Stock up on Wrapping Supplies
Running out of paper or Sellotape halfway through wrapping all the gifts is enough to make anyone feel like flinging the empty tape roll across the room. Make sure you have plenty of everything you’ll need. Any leftovers can just be saved for next year.
Call in the Troops
It can be tempting to try and take on all the tasks yourself, but if you recruit the rest of the family, you can divide and conquer and free up more time to actually enjoy the run up to Christmas. Give everyone a task, and you might create some new, fun traditions as you prep for the festivities together.
Clear out the Freezer
We’ve all played Christmas Tetris, desperately trying to cram one more bag of roast potatoes into the freezer. Before you do the ‘big shop’, give the fridge and freezer a clear out, and throw out any food you won’t eat. Take the time before you start refilling to give them a deep clean and defrost the freezer. You’ll have more room, and a nice clean fridge to pile high with festive treats.