Christmas should be a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends, but over the years it has become harder and harder to keep on top of the extra work that the festivities require, and by the time Christmas day arrives you can feel exhausted!Plan
Even if you’re not usually a list person, having a list of what you need to do and what you need to buy can help you feel more in control and take away the fear that you will forget something. Work out what needs to be done when, and plan when you can do all the tasks.
In the run-up to Christmas, pick up things along the way – little stocking fillers and food that can be stored or go in the freezer. And don’t forget to add them to your list so you remember what you have and haven’t got.
Christmas shouldn’t be about money and getting yourself into debt. Decide on a budget and stick to it. Agree with friends and family on a limit, or maybe just agree to buy for children, and remember you can always offer your time or a treat in the new year if you’re stuck for ideas. Money-saving expert Martin Lewis recently gave his advice on Christmas.
The Pleasure Of Giving
Don’t fall into the trap of buying a gift because you feel you have to. Christmas shouldn’t be a time for keeping up with the neighbours: it should be about giving gifts that you want to give.
Make your life easier. If you’re buying gifts for friends and family who live far away, there is always the option of getting their gifts delivered by a same day courier Manchester such as all about freight, who can collect and deliver on the same day.
Christmas adverts are big business, and by pulling at our heartstrings retailers vie for the top spot. If they make you feel sad, turn them off!
Accept any invites for pre-Christmas get-togethers and enjoy the build up.
Plan to spend quality time with just your family or partner.
Accept offers of help and don’t try and do it all.
Relax and enjoy yourself – the washing up can wait!