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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and by this point many people have got everything sorted for Christmas Day celebrations. But it’s also one of the most stressful periods of the calendar, with all the present buying, food arranging and partying (yes, believe it or not, holding a fun get-together can set people into a panicked frenzy!).

As you prepare in the final days leading up to Thursday, here’s some tips on how to keep calm and feel festive!

Think before you give

Firstly, don’t feel pressure to buy a gift for the sake of it. Your colleague may have dished out cute little presents for all their workmates but that doesn’t mean you need to rush to the shops to buy something back. As they say, you don’t give to receive, and if you want to show them your gratitude, why not make them a cup of coffee or bring them a packed lunch one day? That will both save your pennies and make it more personal. Or if it’s a friend of yours who has given you a treat, take them out for a drink or dinner to say thanks.

Clean ahead of time

With so many presents and gifts for your home, you may quickly realise you don’t have the space. If you can predict this happening, set aside a couple of hours to do a round of the house, removing any unwanted or unnecessary pieces to make room for the new. It might be a bit too late to really get stuck into clearing things out properly now it’s so close to Christmas, but as long as you declutter a little, you don’t need to go over the top.

Lower your expectations

Another way to keep positive and not let anything bring you down this Yuletide is by lowering your expectations. Yep, you read it right: don’t expect your fantasies to come true this Christmas. That’s not to say don’t have fun or be open to surprises, just don’t expect too much from others who may not embrace Christmas in the way you do.

For example, you may have bought your cousin the most amazing present, which you know they’ll love, and you end up opening a plain green scarf on Christmas morning. It’s the thought that counts and you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are making them happy with your special purchase. At the end of the day, not everyone is lucky enough to be treated on December 25, so make it about spending time with your loved ones rather than who has the best present and obsessing over the perfect Christmas dinner.

Split the work

And lastly, share out duties. Whether you’re the one who takes charge of cooking or it’s someone else, make sure you all contribute to ensure everyone has a stress-free day. Find something you’re good at and suggest it be your area every year, and if others joining you can do the same, everything will get done quickly and easily with no quarrels.

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