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How To Prepare For Christmas

By Chidera Muoka 10 December 2017   |   7:00 am

Preparing for Christmas can be the most traumatic experience of the year. Starting with the massive influx of guests to the many social events to attend having, the right plans for Christmas is the deal breaker between having an awesome time with family and friends or feeling stressed before the festivities begin. This is your guide to effectively preparing for Christmas.

Draw up a plan

Every day you waste in planning what you want your ideal Christmas break to look like is one day away from entering into panic mode. From your Christmas meal to the events you have to attend, you need to plan all the fine details that revolve around this big time of the year. Start with a frame of what you want your ideal Christmas to be like and then write down all you need to make it possible.

Create a budget

Remember that as much as December screams end of the year and seems like a good reason to go all out, January is another month you need to prepare for. So, create a budget of what you’d need to make your ideal Christmas possible and make sure you are not spread thin when you’re done. Creating a budget will have you rethinking certain things you’ve added to your list. Make sure that, at the end of the day, your budget has the necessary things to make this holiday perfect.

Shop early

You’ve successfully created a list and you have a budget that is pocket-friendly. It’s now time to go shopping. The major key to holiday shopping is making sure you shop early. A week before the holiday season actually starts is too close as prices will be hiked and ingredients and equipment left will hardly be top shelf. Seeing as you are two steps ahead, rush to the market or store and be spoiled for choice. This way, you’ve saved ruining the holidays as well as giving everyone the time of their lives.

Delegate

Even Santa has helping hands; we are pretty sure that you do too. Once it’s certain what your holiday is looking like, create a list of who will be handling what. Seeing as this is the mother of all family holidays, you’d be swarmed with plenty people looking to be utilised. Get someone on the shopping, pen in the chef of the family to handle the cooking, look for the most adventurous and keep them in charge of the fun activities, rotate family members to stay with kids for social events. At the end of the day, keep everybody responsible for something and supervise. You’ll be glad for it!

Enjoy the season!

Now that you’ve saved Christmas, what’s left to do? Enjoy your time with family and friends. You’d have more time to visit people you couldn’t over the year or host them if that’s what you feel like. Creating a plan and budget, shopping early and delegating means you can have some alone time to yourself as well as adequate time to truly enjoy the holidays. No rushing to the market for lost ingredients or having a house without any cheer. This time, you can truly enjoy the essence of the holidays.



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