We all look forward to the festive period, but with such big celebrations to prepare for there can be a lot of pressure to make sure it all goes well. To help ease any pain and make sure that nothing stops you from enjoying the festivities, follow our top 5 tips to avoid Christmas stress. You’re welcome!
1. Make a list, check it twice
We all love giving and receiving gifts, but shopping can be a hectic ordeal the closer we get to Christmas. It can be harsh on our bank accounts too, especially if you’ve got a big family to buy for! Make a list of people you need to buy gifts for, and buy online to avoid the queues, but be wary of delivery times! Alternatively, you could make a handmade gift, as it won’t break the bank and personalised gifts are very on trend.
2. Delegate the cooking
Cooking for a large group of people can be stressful at the best of times! Why not delegate a dish to each family member, that way the cooking won’t seem as tedious and other members can feel like they are involved with the meal too. If you’re in charge of pud, why not do a continental alternative and serve up Gianna’s Tiramisu?
3. Christmas time, Facetime and wine
For people who have family living in different cities or even countries, it can be a struggle to spend time with everyone over the festive period. Facetime and Skype are great ways to share the Christmas spirit with distant friends and relatives. You can even open your presents together and watch each other’s reactions!
4. Be charitable
Writing Christmas cards can be very time consuming, so in a world where we all live through social media, why not post your Christmas messages on Facebook and Twitter and make a donation to charity using the money you would have spent on cards and postage instead?
5. Revamp your sprouts
Sprouts – horrible green things that most of us eat just to be polite. This year why not treat your tastebuds to sprouts with a difference and give this recipe a go?
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I’d love to hear your tips for making the festive period go more smoothly – just leave just a reply below or share over Facebook.