5 Tips For Surviving Christmas

5 Tips for surviving Christmas

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s no wonder the stress levels are climbing, even if you are not having Christmas at your house (which by the way I am), there is still so much going on around this time of year that you are sure to be feeling the squeeze, some more so than others.

This morning I read a really lovely blog post from one of my favourite bloggers honestlymadlyme.wordpress.com, and how she was able to remember what the true essence of Christmas was thanks to her gorgeous dog. Christmas is about spending time with family and celebrating how much we all have to be thankful for.

So here are my top 5 tips to surviving Christmas.

1). Make a plan
This doesn’t have to be anything too elaborate, but if you have an idea of what you would like to do or buy or cook and roughly know what you need than this will help. It’s also an idea to start stocking up as soon as possible, a few extra bits in your weekly shopping will definitely help.

2). Shop around
Christmas is a financially trying time, that is why I always lay- by my children’s presents several months in advance and that way I can pay them off slowly and avoid feeling over whelmed at Christmas. Something I don’t like doing is paying top dollar so I always make sure I shop around, and you should too, most stores nowadays will happily price match.

3). Don’t have unrealistic expectations
Lets face it something is always bound to go wrong. If you can acknowledge this and just accept it you are half way there as far as reducing stress goes. We all want things to be perfect for our family and friends but as long as we relax and enjoy then they will be.

4). Everything in moderation
Christmas is a time most of us are prone to over indulging. Delicious food, lots of alcohol, sweets galore. There is nothing worse than that bloated feeling one gets when you have over indulged, so this year limit your intact of food and keep well hydrated, after every glass of bubbly make sure you have some water afterwards.

5). Don’t forget those less fortunate
It is very easy to get swept up in all the Christmas festivity, in all the cheer and all the presents and to forget that there are others who are not as fortunate, people who don’t have anyone to celebrate Christmas with, who can’t afford fancy presents. Christmas is about the joy of giving, so this Christmas make sure you extend your Christmas spirit to those in need.

I love Christmas it is my favourite time of the year, and the fact that we are having it at my place this year makes it even more exciting, hopefully our deck will be ready in time, if not might have to be lunch out on the lawn this year. Merry Christmas everyone.

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