Preparing for an easy-going festive season.

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Here are 10 of our simple tips to help you have a more enjoyable experience and easy-going festive season. However you choose to celebrate the festive season, it can easily become an organisational minefield; trying to coordinate family socialising and food are just some of the factors that need extra planning during December.

PLAN AHEAD

Make a to-do list and a schedule for tasks like shopping, decorating, and meal preparation. Start early to avoid last-minute stress, get on top of the plan!

SET A BUDGET

Determine how much you’re willing to spend on gifts, decorations, and food. Stick to your budget to avoid financial strain and ensure you aren’t spending beyond your means.

ONLINE SHOPPING

Consider shopping online to avoid crowds and long lines at stores. Many online retailers offer special holiday deals and promotions too.

GIFT PLANNING

Make a list of who you need to buy gifts for and what you plan to give them. Consider practical gifts, gift cards, or experiences instead of material items. Also, you don’t have to wait until December to start buying gifts; take advantage of sales earlier such as Black Friday offers which are still on and last into early December – this will both save you money and spread out the cost of what can be an expensive time of year.

PREP AHEAD

Prepare food items that can be made in advance and stored, so you’re not overwhelmed on the day of the celebration. Vegetables such as potatoes and parsnips can be pre-peeled and kept in water until you are ready to cook them.

SIMPLIFY MEALS

You don’t have to cook up a huge feast. Opt for simpler dishes or even a buffet-style meal to reduce cooking time and stress.

DIGITAL CARDS

Consider sending digital Christmas cards instead of physical ones. It’s quicker and more environmentally friendly.

DONATE OR VOLUNTEER

Consider giving back to the community by donating to a charity or volunteering your time. This can add a sense of purpose to the holiday season.

SELF-CARE

Remember to take breaks and take care of yourself during the holiday rush. Make time for activities you enjoy, time to recharge (and some peace!!)

EMBRACE IMPERFECTION

Remember that the holiday season doesn’t have to be perfect. What matters most is spending quality time with loved ones.

Remember that the holidays are meant to be a time of joy and connection. By planning ahead, simplifying tasks, and focusing on what truly matters, you can have a smoother and more relaxed festive celebration.

We hope you enjoy and have an easy-going festive season!

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