If the responsibility of preparing before and during Christmas always seems to land on your shoulders, you will probably start to have a feeling of dread about now. Although your efforts are much appreciated by your family and friends, it’s about time you enjoyed the holiday as much as them. This year, take note of these do’s and don’ts and have yourself a very merry, easy-going Christmas.
The DO List
Do set out a menu for Christmas dinner and order your ingredients in advance. If you feel like making something different this year then research some recipes online. Celebrity chefs have recently shared their wisdom with us amateurs on ways to cut corners at cheat while making Christmas dinner. Purchasing your shopping online will save you time and money if you take advantage of supermarket coupons and deals.
Do share the tasks among your family. On the lead up to Christmas, it is a good idea to make a list of things to do. Split the list up so that everyone has a job to do, including your children. Kids could be in charge of designing a Christmas card or decorating your home. Do the same when you are hosting, getting others peel the potatoes, make the cranberry sauce and set the table.
Do ask your guests to bring a dish each. There is no shame in this, and most people will be very happy to contribute. Your guests could bring a dessert, a starter, nibbles or alcohol. This way you are not landed with making and buying all the ingredients. It also means you are less likely to forget something crucial!
Do have a good idea of what presents you are going to buy before you go shopping. Do some research online on ideas for Christmas gifts, and it will save you a lot of time wandering aimlessly around the shops. Purchase gifts online if you can as this will also save you time and money if you search for the cheapest deal.
Do find a good hiding place for your presents. Your children and perhaps your partner may find it tempting to peek at what you have bought them if something catches their eye under the bed or in a cupboard. If you have particularly sneaky family members, ask if you can store your presents at a friend’s house.
The DON’T List
Don’t leave Christmas shopping until the last-minute. We have all been guilty of putting off our shopping but it could save you a lot of stress if you start organising your gifts now. If you plan to make presents this year, it is especially important that you make headway as early as possible.
Don’t leave the wrapping of your presents too late. Although it is often difficult to find the time to complete this fiddly task, it always takes a lot longer than expected so bite the bullet and get it done early.
Don’t spend too much time in the kitchen. Get your family and friends to help with the cooking so that you can spend more time relaxing and socializing.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you are determined to have an easy-going time this year then don’t plan to do too much. If you have the opportunity this year to have a quiet affair rather than the crazy and stressful occasion than you are used to, then take it!