Christmas is coming! I don’t know why it takes me by surprise every year – but it does. I’m looking forward to a hot, sunny Nelson Christmas with all 4 of my grandchildren this year. Can’t wait!
It can be a very stressful time of year too for some so that’s why I’ve put together these 6 tips to help survive Christmas.
Remember that you’re not Santa Claus
There’s nothing like seeing surprise and happiness on someone’s face as they open that perfect pressie, but you don’t need to go into debt to fund Christmas. Christmas is about spending time with family members, not spoiling them rotten (apart from the grandkids!). In our family we decide on a modest budget for gifts in advance and stick to it.
Too many people spend weeks worrying about getting the shopping done – it’s far easier to do it when you first start thinking about it. Start stocking up with the supplies as soon as possible – try getting a few items over the remaining weeks leading up to Christmas along with your regular shopping. To help with the budgeting – consider joining the Christmas club at your local supermarket and you’ll be surprised how this can add up by the time Christmas rolls around again.
Make room for everyone in your family
We all have an oddball relative, but at Christmas, you should make everybody feel welcome. Sure, it’s a ridiculous premise, but it reminds us that it’s important to love all the members of your family for who they are, no matter how different (or embarrassing in public) they might be. Also if you may know someone who doesn’t have family in the area and might be alone over Christmas – invite them along!
Don’t over-inflate your expectations
Don’t expect to create the ‘perfect’ Christmas as it’s almost always going to fall short of your expectations. The most important thing is for you and your family to have fun. Remember, if something does not go quite to plan, it really is not the end of the world.
Don’t try and do everything
If you are responsible for cooking and hosting the Christmas Day activities, then don’t take it all upon yourself. Why not ask other family members to bring different parts of the meal, such as snacks, salads or desserts – don’t be afraid to ask for help. You could even rope in the kids to help out. In our family my daughter in law makes the best salads, Ana brings desserts and the older grandkids love to help with setting the table. Make sure you have some time for YOU.
Everything in moderation
Christmas seems to be all about excess – but there is not much enjoyment in feeling too full and bloated. The best advice is moderation – apply it to everything you eat and drink. Drink moderate amounts of alcohol and try to alternate water with alcoholic ones. As for food, have a bit of what you like but try not to stuff your face if you can help it!
Most of all enjoy your time and try and get some well-earned rest. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, make sure you get out and make the most of it!
Have a great Christmas everyone.