The holidays are meant to be a time of family, happiness and celebration, but more often than not the real meaning of Christmas is forgotten in the stress and panic that comes with the festivities. There are some simple steps to ensure that you stay sane and enjoy the festive period.
1. I believe that one of the main causes of stress at this time of year is the panic about what to buy everyone and where the money is going to come from. By planning in advance you can avoid the last minute rush and avoid panic buying. Write a list of who you need to buy for and allocate a budget for each person, this way you will avoid overspending and won’t forget anyone. Online outlets such as Amazon and Play.com often offer free delivery and discounted prices, allowing you to shop around and compare prices from the comfort of your own home.
2. Another catalyst of stress over the Christmas period is the highly anticipated Christmas lunch. If left til last minute you will struggle to get all your ingredients and will come across empty shelves in the supermarket. Start buying the essentials in good time so you wont be dashing around supermarkets looking for brussel sprouts! Also keep an eye out for offers and deals in your supermarket to help keep cost to a minimum.
3. Delegating tasks and planning is key! No one wants to spend Christmas day slaving over the stove. Preparing vegetables the night before will ease the pressure of cooking everything on the day. Also Christmas is a time of family; therefore share responsibility so everyone can enjoy the festive period. By delegating tasks leaves more time to relax and have fun playing games such as Call Of Duty Slots.
4. If you have children the stress of Christmas is likely to be increased, with keeping up with present demands and making sure the festive period is enjoyable. However don’t worry about the mess for the 1 out of 365 days of the year, allow mess and chaos for the one day then restore order on boxing day. You don’t want to waste Christmas day tidying up and worrying about mess.
5. Christmas is likely to be the only time of the year when all your family will have the same days off, make the most of this and enjoy spending time with those closest to you. Relaxing and not rushing will ensure that you make the most of your Christmas.
6. Finally, however religious you are Christmas should be a time of thanks and happiness. Appreciate what you have and make the most of the people around you, the time of togetherness only comes once a year so enjoy it and make the most.