It might only be the second week of October but Christmas really isn’t that far away now; in fact it is just over 10 weeks away. I do love Christmas but I’m not one to start to celebrate until the week before. that doesn’t mean I don’t make some preparations in advance. As a child my mother was a primary school teacher and I grew up with Christmas only beginning the first day of her Christmas holidays. We’d rush to get the Christmas tree out and all the decorations up.
Every year I love to buy a few more Christmas decorations to go on our trees. One tree is decorated in bright jewel colours and our other tree is pastels and I can spend hours walking around shops looking for the perfect decorations to add to our collection.
One thing that I don’t like to leave until the last minute is actually buying gifts. I find nothing more stressful that traipsing around shops with a gazzillion other people all unsure of what to buy. Around this time of the year I start to think about what I will be buying for everyone. I also look at how much money I have to spend as there is nothing worse than overspending and find you have barely enough money to live on come the New Year. Once I have set a budget I like to have a little look online to get some ideas.
Next, is always a girl’s weekend away to start buying gifts but to also have some time away with friends. Often before Christmas you spend so long catching up with family and friends that you might not see that often but you can get caught up with activities for your children and Christmas meals from work. there is nothing better than to start the Christmas season with a couple of good friends enjoying good food and some retail therapy. Places like Liverpool One are ideal for such a few days away. Liverpool One has over 170 stores, bars and restaurants all within close proximity. Liverpool one has your usual high street names plus luxury brands, tech gifts and the quirky present we all search to find for a special loved one. Perfect for a girl’s weekend away there is also a beauty bazaar in Harvey Nicolls.
After a fun full packed day of retail therapy its lovely to sit down and chat over a meal. Liverpool One has a varied range of restaurants to suit all needs and budgets from family friendly eateries, to great date night places and all round favourites that you and friends will love.
Christmas should be about spending time with loved ones. If you are having guests over the festive period you may wish to update some of your home interiors. I’m expecting guest for a few days before Christmas and I’m currently making a few changes to the room my guests will be using. If you are on a budget simply changes accessories that scatter cushions and a few new picture frames or candles can make so much difference to your decor and Liverpool One has a number of stores which such items can be purchased to suit all budgets.
My main tips on surviving Christmas are to:
- Be sensible about how much food you will actually require
- Sensible alcohol consumption
- Don’t keep up with the Jones’
- Think about those around us
Christmas shouldn’t be stressful at all and if it does begin to feel stressful just remind yourself its only one day and sit back and enjoy a warm hot chocolate with marshmallows; that always works for me! Here are a few things I like to keep in mind to reduce the stress of Christmas:
- The media tries to put too much pressure on us to have it all and if we don’t have this, don’t have that and don’t make this handmade item we are failures. Isn’t it time to take the pressure of ourselves, stop stressing at Christmas and just have some fun?
- If there have been any family rows during the year, resolve them. Tell the people you argued with that you’re looking forward to seeing them. Ask if you can get together before Christmas to talk about whatever problem you had.
- Plan the day and share out the jobs that need to be done. Don’t slave away for hours on your own and feel like people have taken advantage of you.
- Discuss your plans with others, including any children who will be there, so that you can listen to their ideas and wishes for the day. Then you can come up with a celebration which includes things that please everyone.
- Have a timetable for Christmas Day so that you don’t all sit around for hours doing nothing. Try to make sure you won’t be spending a lot of time with a difficult person or someone you don’t get along with.
- Don’t drink too much. Drinking excessively is never a good idea. Find out more on safer drinking.
- Children can get overexcited, so plan a lovely long walk for a change of scenery and some fresh air. Everybody will feel better and pleasantly tired instead of irritably tired.
What is your top tip to enjoy the festive period and to #getchristmassy?