When we think of the many events that we celebrate throughout the year, the one that first comes to the minds of most is of course, Christmas.
How does Christmas run in your family? Is it a time of coming together around a large, decorated table or do you receive gifts before eating the traditional ham, turkey and other festive foods?
There is usually a lot involved.
If not prepared, it can make us feel overwhelmed and stressed. I know, not exactly the mood for being merry is it? However, fret not, for here is my six – step guide to perfecting the art of seasonal celebrations.
The one we often leave until the last few moments.
Try to alleviate the stress by getting some ideas for gifts a few weeks in advance. Yes, I know that it always seems that Christmas gifts for men are the most difficult.
Let’s say that your boyfriend loves the idea of travel. A great present for him can be that of Yellow Octopus’s “My travel scratch map” at $25.99, which allows one to scratch off the places they’ve visited, to reveal a coloured map of the world.
This shows that you thought about what he likes and at the same time, didn’t go for the last minute sock idea.
Planning the food can save much time and stress. The main ticket items like hams and turkeys sell out quickly so it is best for you to obtain these items as soon as possible.
Book an order with your butcher or supermarket early so that you have one on hold before they are in demand.
If you live in a country that has Christmas in summer, seafood is an item that is in season and often on the menu, so talk to your fishmonger about what is in stock.
Whether you are someone who reuses their previous lights or buys more with each year, decorations are a great way to get in the Christmas spirit.
Do you buy a plastic tree from the hardware store, or are you someone who likes the presents under a real tree? If you want a natural pine, talk to your local nursery into obtaining a fresh tree.
If you receive Christmas cards, Lifehacker has a great idea for displaying them without all the mess.
4. Party games
When most of us think of Christmas, do the images of Christmas crackers, with the corny jokes, or the classic game of charades seem all too familiar?
Christmas party games are a great way to entertain your family and other guests and they don’t have to be boring.
Shutterfly has some great Christmas themed game ideas, from Guess the Christmas Carol, to Mad Libs using “The Twelve Days of Christmas” that will keep everyone entertained.
5. The actions of giving:
Whether or not you follow the faith held traditions of Christmas, do many of you know or remember the origins of Boxing Day?
Don’t know what to do with a certain “gift” or some extra food?
Donating your non – perishable and other items to your local thrift/opportunity shop such as the Salvation Army and your food to the homeless is a great way to help the less fortunate.
6. Enjoy being together:
While we think about all these tasks, don’t forget about those around you. Christmas is about caring and spending time with people you love.
“Friends are the family we choose” and remember that the people in your life are a gift in themselves.
So, that’s it for my six-step guide to Seasonal Celebrations. Have a Merry Christmas!