Christmas. It feels ages away, right? Thinking about Christmas now, as the sun just starts to warm up and summer is around the corner, may not be high on your list of priorities. Don’t click away just yet though – cast your mind back to last year. Do you remember the month of stress leading up to the big day? The desperate search for presents? The constant worry that you’ve forgotten something or someone; the final dash to the supermarket; the scouring old boxes for tattered decorations? Don't you want to be prepared for Christmas this year?
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Christmas can be a deeply stressful time as you try to pull everything together, as addressed in classic films like Home Alone, where they do actually forget one of their children! If you want to enjoy your Christmas this year, it’s worth thinking about it now and slowly starting to prepare so that when the holiday season rolls around, you can relax and spend more time with your loved ones. But how can you do that? Well, here are some simple ideas to get you as prepared as possible!
It’s the most iconic Christmas decoration; the Christmas tree. And when December comes around, finding a beautiful fir can be a mission in itself, with prices hiked way up and suppliers selling out quicker than you can say ‘bauble’. If you want to get ahead of the curve, think about buying a tree now – a plastic one, so it doesn’t wither away before the Winter. Plastic trees are much better quality now, and often you can hardly tell the difference, so they are a long-term investment it is very worth making. Have a look at some Balsam Hill reviews if you need more convincing, but prepare to be converted into a reusable tree fanatic!
Decorations. How many of you have old, dusty decorations lying around that get reused every year, that you’re always meaning to replace with something classier, but never get round to it? Well, the key is preparation. Keep an eye out for cute little ornaments throughout the year and slowly start building a collection. They don’t even have to be Christmas-specific (little statues of deer are a year-round delight), but they will offer you some interesting and gorgeous alternatives than those ten-year-old baubles from the box. If you’ve got children at home right now, and time on your hands, you could also do some fun crafting now, then save the results for Christmas.
Just like decorations, presents can be an ongoing tasks to take that pressure off the winter both financially and psychologically. As you’re browsing or considering birthdays, keep half a thought on Christmas – you might see something perfect for your Aunt that you’ll have completely forgotten in half a year, so it’s worth getting now and keeping stashed away! Working like this will also ease the massive financial burden of Christmas, letting you spread the costs a bit more and give people the perfect presents, not just what money allows.
By considering these three simple areas, you’ll be able to prepare for Christmas early, without pressure. On Christmas eve, you’ll be the envy of the family as you settle down to an eggnog and a cookie whilst they all rush about for last-minute presents – enjoy it!
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