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Reconnect, rejoice and have fun this Christmas!
By Professional Organiser Simone Dora of bsorted
Do you get to Christmas Day and feel absolutely exhausted?
How did you get there?
If you are lucky you are going to a family member or friends house this Christmas Day and avoiding all that hosting Christmas entails!
In this year when being able to connect in person with family and friends has been so difficult for the majority of people in Australia and around the world, this Christmas with our domestic borders finally beginning to re open it is such a special celebration.
Reconnecting, rejoicing and having fun is high on my agenda!
So that you can enjoy the festive season and all the positive aspects it has to offer your mindset is very important.
Allowing yourself time to purchase thoughtful gifts either online or instore for your loved ones can be an enjoyable experience rather than an item on your long to do list!
Making a list of who you are buying for and possible gift options is very helpful.
You then have a clear idea budget wise; fairness wise (which is a big issue in our household with two young children) and you can tick off the items once you have purchased them.
Ensuring you have enough wrapping paper, ribbon, gift tags etc
Wrapping and labelling gifts once they either arrive at your door or on return home from the shops is a great way to stay on top of your purchases. No one wants to be wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve!
In regards to other gifts from a certain jolly fellow I find it very useful to put those empty suitcases that have been gathering dust for the majority of 2020 to good use by storing presents in them.
For when unexpected guests drop in or you are asked over to a neighbours house for Christmas drinks.
Having a few gifts wrapped and ready to go takes the stress out of last minute invites
Do you send Christmas cards? Either via snail mail or digitally?
I stopped doing so a fair few years ago after watching the stress and time they used to take my Mother to complete. However in this Covid year I understand people’s opinions have changed about making connections with family and friends so my tip would be if you are sending Christmas cards this year get organised re posting them in time; enjoy the process and enjoy receiving hand written cards and notes in exchange.
Have you put your tree and Christmas decorations up yet? In this very unique year we find ourselves navigating most rules in my book have gone out the window!
Inject joy into your home is my mantra! Our tree’s (yes two-much to my husband’s horror) are up and decorated. Storing your Christmas decorations effectively from one year to the next reduces the time it takes to set them up. Pop on some Christmas carols, involve the kids and most importantly have fun!
I’m sure that most people’s festive diary’s will look vastly different this year. Limited or no Christmas work parties; children’s sporting club end of year get togethers cancelled etc
Use this extra time you have to celebrate with family or friends; get the house Christmas ready whether that be inside and/or outside
Hosting Christmas Day
This can be a very stressful event to host for some people. To try and reduce that stress planning is key.
Formulate a menu: how many adults/children are you catering for?; are there any dietary/allergy requirements you need to consider?; do you have all of the cooking equipment you require?
Have guests asked “what can we bring?” – if so take them up on their offer. It takes the pressure both financially and timewise off you as host.
Once you have worked out your menu a shopping list is key. Shopping for ingredients either online or in person is time consuming and you don’t want to have to go back to the grocery store if you can avoid it so tick items off your list once you have purchased.
Ordering meat, seafood, drinks etc can often be done ahead of time and collected when it suits you.
Remember when Christmas Day rolls around you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for hours on end! Some food preparation can often be done in the days leading up to Christmas Day. Except help when it’s offered by guests on the day-I often have someone make a salad for me at BBQ’s. Having all the ingredients ready with the recipe to go makes it easy for a guest to step in and takeover.
Having survived Christmas Day and I hope enjoying it with my above tips Boxing Day is one of relaxation. Swims in the pool or at the beach, backyard cricket, eating leftovers and enjoying the presents you received!