Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year.
The pressure to buy expense gifts, last minute shopping and the heightened expectations of family togetherness can all combine to undermine our best intentions. Some practical suggestions can help you reduce your ‘Christmas stress’. Below we have five quick pointers towards having a stress-free break.
1. Avoid the crushes by buying online
While the reliability of the Post Office might seem to add rather than reduce stress there are many benefits to buying items online. Most of the main online gift suppliers will send the gift directly to the recipient, including wrapping and a personalised message from you. You can look at other buyers reviews to see how good the item is. Buying online gives you additional protection as a consumer and to top it all amazon.co.uk, iwantoneofthose.com firebox.com are all offering free postage up until Christmas.
If things do get delayed in the post it just means the lucky recipients get an extra suprise gift in the New Year!
2. Eat out for Christmas lunch
According to whatprice.co.uk the average Christmas dinner (excluding drinks) costs £16.84. For around twice that you can eat out. Yes, it is more expensive, but it can’t be beaten in the stress busting stakes. No turkey dilemas (fresh, frozen, organic), everyone can eat what they like, no washing up, no clearing up.
Or if you are feeling particually lazy and can’t be bothered to even go out to eat why not order a takeaway, many Chinese and Indian take-aways stay open on Christmas day, and more and more people are taking advantage of this.
3. Emergency Presents
Buy a couple of extra bottles of wine, with shiney bags and tags and keep them handy in case someone drops in with a present for you. If no unexpected guests call you still have two extra bottles of wine to drink.
4. Get out and about
Don’t stay stuck in doors for the whole of the holidays. There are usually lots of great things to do on Boxing and New Years day, and not just the sales. Look in your local press and, of course, check murder-party.co.uk to see when the next public murder mystery event is coming to your area. Better still book a private party for your friends, club or work to blow away the post-Christmas blues.
Remember, even if this years Christmas is a total disaster you will have 12 months to make sure the next one is a success, enjoy it.
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!