Making a list and checking it twice..

I love Christmas - I always have and hopefully always will. However it isn’t without it’s stresses and I always find that a lot of planning and list making is required to ensure a smooth Christmas season.

I have designed “My Christmas Planner” with all of this in mind and provided ample space for you to plan every aspect of your Christmas and enjoy doing it.

I also wanted to share some of my Top Tips for Christmas planning as it won’t be too long now before Father Christmas is on his way.

Write all your Christmas cards during the first week of December and post them out. That way, when you start receiving cards you have time to send any extras out if there’s someone you missed.

Use the Christmas gift list to write out everyone that you need to buy a gift for. Then spend some time online looking at gifts ideas and working out the cost. That way, when you start Christmas shopping you will already know what you are looking for and avoid getting stressed out or spending money on things just for the sake of it.

If you’re throwing a Christmas party this year be sure to get prepared early. Use your planner to put together a guest list and get invitations out ASAP as people often get invited to a lot of social events over the Christmas Period.

At the start of the month, write down any parties that you are attending, dates of Christmas markets etc so that you don’t miss out and also don’t double book yourself.

If you are going to lots of social events over Christmas, save money on hostess gifts and do some Christmas baking. Not only is it enjoyable, there’s something lovely about home made biscuits or mince pies.

A few weeks before, plan out the meals that you will be making over Christmas. Then you can put together a shopping list and also copy out any of the key recipes you want to use.

Go through your wardrobe and plan out the outfits you will wear on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day - any parties or special events over the break. You can use the outfit planner to draw this out and write it all down. That way you have time to wash and iron all the main clothes you plan to wear.

Keep track of your spending - make sure you really do write down everything you’re spending on gifts, decorations, food etc as it’s so easy to get carried away during this time of year and overspend which only leads to feeling stressed and guilty.

Get into the Christmas spirit! There are lots of little good deeds that can be especially meaningful at this time of year and nothing makes you feel better than knowing you’ve made someone else happy.

Avoid stress at all costs - it can be a stressful time of year as there’s always a lot to do, people tend to spend a lot of time with family and money can often be a worry. But there are plenty of small things you can do to alleviate these feelings. Walking is good - getting some fresh air and exercise whilst having some quiet time to clear your head. Crafting - there are lots of fun things that can be made over Christmas and it can be very therapeutic to sit down and craft for an hour.

So there you have it, my top tips for a stress-free Christmas. The key really is to try and stay organised and hopefully you will find that “My Christmas Planner” will help you to do just that. You can check it out here.

xx

Holly Martin