1. Plan ahead
Start by organising a list of things you
need to do before the big day, such as
shopping, cooking, travel plans,
decorations and so on. Decide on the
items that take precedence and get a
jump start on them.
2. Shop online
Everyone is well aware of the mayhem
that takes place at shopping centres
during the holidays. Skip the hassle and
large crowds, and do some of your
Christmas shopping online. Online
bargains almost always correlate to the
in-store sales, however, be sure to keep a
keen eye on delivery details.
3. Wrap as you go
Don't leave the wrapping for the night
before Santa visits. As soon as gifts
arrive, wrap, label and place them under
the tree. This way youíre able to avoid
mixing presents up and it also saves you
the trouble of dealing with cheeky kids in
search of their long-awaited toys and
Christmas morning goodies.
4. Ask for help
There are always plenty of duties and
errands that need to get done. So rather
than overworking yourself, enlist help. For
example, have the little elves decorate the
tree while you work on household duties
or start the festive feast. Itís not called the
season of giving for nothing!
5. Manage Sugar
While itís probably the most difficult
thing to do with all the sweet treats
floating around, try to limit the amount
of sugar the kiddies consume. With
Santaís impending arrival, excitement
and anticipation will undoubtedly be
flowing enough as it is.
6. Entertainment for kids
Whether youíre busy in the kitchen,
hanging out at the grandparents or
hitting the road for a Christmas with the
in-laws, be sure to bring some
entertainment for the children to keep
them blissfully busy.
7. Don't expect perfection
Don't let minor mishaps ruin your
Christmas spirit. Try not to worry too much
when things donít go exactly as planned.
Itís the season to be merry and enjoy the
company of loved ones, so be sure to
have fun and make the most of it!