Yes, it seems a long way away – it always does! But suddenly the dreaded C word will be here in a rush of glitter and be over all too soon. If you want to get on top of it all this year and have the relaxing Christmas that you imagine, have a look at these simple ideas to ensure that you make the most of the festive season!
Get the house ready early: If you have guests over at any time of the year, it adds a level of stress, but at Christmas it seems even more stressful with all the other chaos that is going on! Get the house ready for guests in Autumn and then you can relax and forget about it. If you have home improvements that you want to do, do it in September or October. That way, you have already done the hard part! Defra approved stoves add a lovely festive feel to the home, have a look at Defra approved multi fuel wood burning stove from Stoveworlduk for a simple home update that can really make a room feel festive and magical.
Buy the gifts: Yes, it is a common mistake – we have all been the last minute Christmas Eve shoppers – but for the sake of your sanity (and bank balance) do it early! Make a list of who you are buying for, and a budget, and stick to it! When January comes, you won’t have the horror of credit card bills arriving on your doormat! Make a list with everyone that you are buying for and think about what they would like. The beauty of doing it early means that you can always get what you want and you won’t be left desperately dredging the shelves on Christmas Eve when all the good stuff is gone!
Enjoy Yourself! If you take the above two pieces of advice it will take a HUGE amount of stress off of you and you can really enjoy the festive season. Have a look at some festive cocktails or go to a carol concert with the family. Check out what is on in your local area, there is bound to be something for you to enjoy -you deserve it so let your hair down and have a merry Christmas!