- Work out your budget & try and stick to it
We all know that the festive season can be taxing with our patience, our bodies (from over indulgence) – but mostly it can be mostly a drain on our finances. We all want to enjoy christmas and not be a scrooge – but we should set out a limit per person on how much you can spend so that you will not go over budget. You can also put a cap on the amount you spend per person, for example family the limit is 30 euros and friends are 20 euro (or something nice from Penneys – ‘got a whole lotta things for christmas and alot for the family…”’ falalalalala……….
2. Start your Christmas list & do a Kris Kringle where possible
The christmas list is not just something that Santa has to check twice – you do too. Be sure to include everything on your list from groceries to decorations to picking up the tree. Have the list somewhere visible to make sure that you get through it in time for the festive rush
3. Try to start buying your presents now (if you can – pick your gifts online)
Online at the moment and on black friday at the end of november is a great time to lap up the bargains. This means that everything will be on its way to you in time for christmas and you can do this on your phone or sitting at home with the laptop. If you start now then there will be lots more time for the enjoyment and you wont have to do the christmas eve dash
4. RSVP and start filling in your December calendar with the things that you are looking forward to
After all the lists and obligations of christmas are taken care of have a look at the nights that you will be in social butterfly mode and rsvp to the work party or gym party or social groups. Christmas is for celebrating and also being thankful so spend it with the people that really added to your year in 2019 and raise a glass of eggnog to many happy years to come
5. Plan out Christmas Day, where it is & allocate jobs
All the details from who is doing the peas to who is peeling the spuds – delegate and organise this so that the Bird gets all the love. The Turkey is of course important but the other veggies and trimmings make the meal – so if you have little helpers at home start dishing out the jobs. If you have guests over then you can time when the meal will be served and if you need to order starter platters – marks and spencers and even Aldi have some great Christmas entrees.
Take a deep breath – and don’t forget your christmas tree.