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7 Tips for a stress-free Christmas

ĎTis the season for Christmas festivities: thereís treats to bake, gifts to buy and plenty of friends and family to entertain. So keep up the festive cheer and survive the holidays this year with these stress-free tips.

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!

This article appeared in volume 49 of Holidays with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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