De-stressing Christmas

Hello Friends,

Following on from my last post, I have decided that I am not going to do the stress thing with Christmas this year.  In previous years I have tried to do too much and be perfect.  So this year it is all going to be much simpler.

First of all, I’m going to do as much of my Christmas shopping online as I can.  I’m planning to do this in the next couple of weeks so everything will be with us well before Christmas.  I am going to stay away from town centres and malls, there are better ways to spend my time other than wandering aimlessly trying to think of something to buy people.  Luckily Edie and Bee have told me what they want, so I can get on with doing this.

I also need to manage my time in the run up to Christmas carefully.  Some years I have reached Christmas feeling completely frazzled – that isn’t going to happen this time.  There are some things I want to do (playing with the orchestra, making a Christmas cake, collecting Edie from the airport when she comes home) and I have carefully planned these so I’m not trying to cram too much in.

How are you planning the run up to Christmas?

Until next time, Tawney x

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  1. We are trying to make the period as stressless as possible. We sorted out when we’re going to visit everyone weeks ago so no-one can be upset about that (well, someone is but it’s their own fault).

    I prefer Christmas shopping in person, I don’t enjoy having to wait in for parcels and all that stuff, I like to know I have things in my hand there and then. We take quite a relaxed approach to the shopping though and if things get too busy we duck into a pub/cafe for a drink and a loiter! In terms of other social things we try to avoid things on consecutive days and build in some alone time.

    We’ve put a limit on the budget with MIL which reduced pressure on her and we’ve said we’ll supply the food for Christmas Day tea. It sounds like we’re taking on more of the stress this year, but I’d rather just buy or make something and take it over than have to have MIL worry about it.