During the preamble to the Christmas season and this busy time do you want to lock yourself inside your home and only appear again after New Year? You hate the crowds of people and large shopping malls and Rudolph the red nosed reindeer and Jingle bells blaring in your ears. Even Father Christmas who sits back quietly and just utters a ho-ho-ho now and then while you rush around for Christmas food and Christmas gifts irritates you. Unfortunately you cannot avoid the festive season, but you can sidestep the Christmas rush.
Christmas gifts: Compile your gift list ahead of time. Look for bargains throughout the year, or at least start now.Consider doing your shopping at one of the many Christmas markets in your area.With the wide variety under one roof it could easily be a one-stop shopping expedition.Or buy online, but make sure that your purchases will be delivered on time. If you are creative and have enough time, make gifts yourself. Think about giving gift vouchers. In this way you also save on time and gift-wrap. After the Christmas season the recipient can go and buy him- or herself a gift of his or her choice, when stock is sold at discount prices.
Postal services: To avoid long queues at the post office, send Christmas cards and gifts to family members living far away as soon as possible to ensure that they reach their destination in time. The alternative is PostNet or other courier services; they are very expensive, but you have the assurance that your loved ones will receive their gifts in time.
Christmas tree and Christmas decorations: If you are merely going to dust off and re-use your favourite Christmas tree and Christmas decorations, you save a lot of time and money. If you feel like something new, go buy it timeously to prevent you having to turn around disappointed in front of empty shelves. Families have their own traditions as to the manner in which the tree is decorated, but do it a reasonable time before Christmas, to provide pleasure to especially the children for longer. Tiny children’s hands will take this task from your shoulders lovingly and it also keeps them busy. Let them also pack the gifts under the tree.
Baking fun: If you want to bake cookies for the festive season, start early, especially if they make out part of your gift parcels or Christmas decorations. Let the children also help with this. A lot of baking can be frozen with great success, so you can prepare them well ahead of time.
Christmas dinner: If you are the hostess,plan your menu now and buy your non-perishable ingredients before the rush. If your guests are also going to contribute a dish/dishes to the Christmas dinner,inform them in time what they should make so that they can also plan ahead. Lay your Christmas table two or three days before the time. It takes the pressure off you and at the same time it creates a festive atmosphere. Will you and your family be guests at someone else’s table? Also plan your dish/dishes as soon as you know what you must make. With early purchases you save, as food prices often skyrocket just before Christmas. If you want to eat out on Christmas Eve or on Christmas day, book timeously.
A clean home: You certainly want to enjoy the festive season in a clean home. If your domestic is on leave, or the cleaning services have already closed for the year, involve your family members to help clean up. Usually everyone is in a good mood during the festive season and will hopefully help gladly without family conflict being caused shortly before Christmas.
With thorough and timeous planning you can go into the festive season with a serene mind and enjoy it with your loved ones.