I can’t believe it’s started already, the Countdown to Christmas! It’s 3 weeks to the Big Day! Tensions are starting to rise, panic is setting in: will I be ready, presents to buy, cards to write, food to organise and oh no, the relatives to invite!
OK. Stop right there!
It doesn’t have to be so stressful this year, you can do this and remain calm, relaxed and enjoy the whole event. So apart from making sure the kids are happy and entertained, you say how? Well read on.
- Create your Lists. I’m a huge believer in having a list for everything, then you don’t forget what you need to do or buy, and best of all you get to cross off each thing as it’s done! So make a list for things like presents, food shopping, who will be coming for dinner, and one for the entertainment.
- Think about what you are going to wear, not just for Christmas dinner but for all those lovely work nights out or drinks with your friends.
- If you are cooking Christmas Dinner for the first time, then all you need to know is on www.youtube.com for a quick cookery lesson, and you will soon cook like a Pro!
- You might want to have your own Advent Calendar and use it as a planner, for example: 20th Dec: Make sure all the gifts are wrapped. 21st Dec: Drinks with the girls 22nd Dec: Tidy the house for guests, etc. You see what I mean, make it fun and exciting!
- Time to think about who will be there on the day, who will sit next to each other,… Best to avoid putting anyone that doesn’t get on next to each other. You only want the turkey to get roasted that day!
- Think of a few party games that will help everyone to relax (don’t forget that they could be feeling anxious about Christmas Dinner too) such as Christmas Carol Charades, Two Truths and a Lie, Decorate a person as a Christmas Tree or the old favourite, Monopoly.
- For those of you who are on your own this year, it’s time to book a Christmas Party night at one of the local hotels. You will have a great time and maybe make new friends.
- For some people Christmas will be a lonely time, bringing back memories of those they’ve lost, be kind to yourself, plan something nice like a Spa day or a meal with a good friend. It’s ok to feel sad but make sure you speak to someone about it, don’t be alone!
- On the day, if it gets too much for you then take time out for 5 minutes, take a deep breath, think about all the good things in your life and walk back in refreshed!
- And finally, remember it’s just one day, like any other of the 365 days each year. The sun will rise and set, you will get through it and will say something like “next year I’ll be more organised”. But you know what? You’ll probably do the same again next time but so what! It’s Christmas, and all will be well! Enjoy being with your family and friends and relax!
Happy Christmas everyone!!
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