Christmas is well and truly on its way.  The nights are already getting darker and before we know it there’ll be no more glimpses of the sun, the weather will have turned and we’ll all be reaching for those winter woollies!  If you’re like me and like the idea of Christmas but actually can’t be bothered with it all once it’s here, here’s my guide to surviving the festive season.

  1. Are you one of those people that every year you promise yourself you will get organised and won’t be rushing around on Christmas Eve buying everything?  Well make sure this is the year to do it.  Get organised start planning now!    Write a list of the people you are going to buy presents for, and what present you are going to buy them and stick to it. 
  2. Once you have done you’re list it will be easy to see how many presents you need to buy.  Try and get one or two presents each week then you can spread the cost out, there is no point spending more money then you have and starting the New Year in debt.  Work out how much money in total you have for over the Christmas period and don’t forget to include paying January bills.  Then allocate how much you have for things like:
  • Going out socialising
  • Presents
  • Clothes
  • Food
  • Bills
  1. Go shopping on quiet periods, weekday mornings are much quieter then weekends so if at all possible try and get your shopping done when it’s quieter and avoid unnecessary shopping stress, better still don’t leave the house and shop on-line!
  2. Socialising – everyone loves to go out and have a good time over Christmas.  All those office parties, extra nights out, family do’s, seeing friends who are home but don’t be encouraged to drink more than you can handle, know your limits and know when to stop.  Make sure you have a meal before you go on that big night out and don’t drink at home first.    Have a glass of water or a soft drink in between alcoholic drinks, have singles instead of doubles, and don’t join in with drinking games.  You want to be able to have a good time and remember it, not to have got so drunk you might not or worse still regret it.
  3. When the big day arrives it is only one day, don’t put yourself under too much pressure or stress.  Whether you’re doing the cooking or going elsewhere remember to delegate people will be glad to help out.  Try and get as much prepared the night before and ready just to go in the oven.  Don’t be too unrealistic, if you’re a rubbish cook you’re not suddenly going to be able to do it on Christmas day!  Have spare food ready in case it all goes wrong.
  4. Mainly enjoy yourself!  Be organised and do little bits at a time you that way you will be less stress when the day finally arrives and wont spend the rest of the year paying it back.