During the festive season, demand is high and the pressure can quickly pile up. So, grab a cuppa, sit back and relax as we give you our top tips for a stress-free Christmas.
Be prepared: You probably hear it every year, but Christmas is a lot less stressful if you take a bit of extra time to plan ahead. Here are a few things you can do to give yourself a head start this Christmas:
- Make a list: Who you want to send Christmas cards to, your Christmas gift list, a shopping list, take a bit of time to write down everything you need and tick it off when it’s completed.
- Buy extra gifts: it’s always useful to have a few extra gifts for those unexpected gifts you or the kids receive.
- Christmas dinner preparation is key: Christmas Day shouldn’t be spent in the kitchen, so peel and chop your vegetables the day before and prepare your desserts in advance. You’ll save valuable time that you can spend with your loved ones.
Set yourself a budget: With so many offers available in the run up to Christmas, and the shops inundated with gift ideas, it can be easy to get carried away and overspend. Set yourself a budget for presents and make sure you stick to it. Setting a budget is an easy way to beat money worries and it can actually be quite fun trying to find the perfect present within your limit.
Don’t feel like you have to take all the responsibility: If you’re hosting Christmas dinner, don’t be afraid to ask your guest to bring something to contribute to the day. Whether it’s a bottle of wine, a side dish or an option for dessert, it lessens your time in the kitchen so you can spend more time with your guests. It’s a win-win for all.
Remember to take a little ‘me-time’: The run up the Christmas can get a bit hectic, so it’s important to arrange a relaxing brunch with your friends, where there’s no pressure for you to cook, take a long walk, or why not book yourself a pamper session. Whatever you do to relax, make sure you take a bit of time out to re-energise before the big day.
If you’d like to know more about the gift vouchers and packages available at the Devonshire Spa, or the treatments we have on offer if you’re looking for a little ‘me-time’, call our friendly team today on 01298 338408.