Surviving the Challenge of Christmas

Christmas truly is “the most wonderful time of the year”. But it doesn’t come without its challenges before you can fully enjoy the time spent with your family and friends. Sometimes it can result in Christmas being dominated by stress rather than enjoying yourself. Nevertheless, rest assured that you are not the only one that has stressful moments through Christmas, here are a few ways of getting through it.

Present Buying
Present buying has evolved somewhat with the growth of online shopping and events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, while these events don’t exactly lower the stress levels over Christmas, they do ease the pain of the price. This writer prefers to do as much present shopping online as possible so Cyber Monday is a personal favourite. But that isn’t always possible which means you have to brave the crowds in the shops. Then follows the challenge of hiding the post and the presents in the house. Under the bed is personal favourite as is hiding within bedroom furniture among the clothes in the wardrobe or chest of drawers. A great way of staying on top of your present buying and ensuring that nobody is forgotten is one of the Christmas gift apps that you can get for your phone.

Keeping the House Tidy
Christmas is a great time of year for inviting guests, whether family or friends, into your home for a catch up and get together at a great time of year. And while this is a fantastic time to spend with your loved ones, it is also difficult to keep the house tidy while there are kids around and all those brand new presents. Items of furniture such as wooden blanket boxes and trunk coffee tables are a great item of furniture to help with this issue as they look fantastic but also provide a great function for storage as well. So it’s a quick and easy way of getting the mess out the way for when the next guests arrive!

blanket box

Christmas Dinner
Surely, the biggest challenge of all at Christmas is the food. Whether you are having extended family and friends around the dining table or just getting the kids together, it is still a real project and one you never want to get wrong. But the best way to make sure that Christmas dinner is less stressful and runs smoothly is to make it a family event. Obviously keeping younger kids away from hot and sharp items but getting them to help with the simplest of tasks will make it a much more enjoyable experience.

 

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