The key to a smooth and successful Christmas is good planning. Here are some handy tips about how best to prepare for the family festivities.
Don’t leave your present buying to until the last minute. Start early to help make sure your Christmas shopping experience is stress-free. The sooner you start, the more time you will have to spend on selecting your gifts. This will help to ensure that your gifts are well-chosen.
Arrive at the shops when they open to avoid the rush. During the countdown to Christmas, high-street stores become especially busy. Gift buying should be a pleasure, not a chore so plan your shopping ahead to avoid peak times such as weekends.
Ordering your turkey in advance will mean you avoid the dreaded queue at the supermarket on Christmas Eve. Butchers and supermarkets often offer an order service at Christmas. This is an easy way to ensure that your Christmas dinner doesn’t disappoint!
Ask friends and family to compile gift lists to help make your present buying easier. Once you have received their lists, you can select a couple of presents from each one. There will still be an element of surprise without the risk of disappointment!
Don’t forget to make your own Christmas list to avoid unwanted presents under the tree. There will be no need for a gift receipt from your relatives if they already know what to buy you! It might seem obvious but no one wants to waste money on a bad present.
One of the most important events of the festive season is decorating the Christmas tree but there are many ways in which you can make the rest of your home look just as special.
Display your season’s greetings cards for a quick and easy way to add a festive feel. You can attach your favourite cards to the walls for all to see. Don’t forget to save your Christmas cards - there are many lovely designs that can be used to decorate your house next year, or recycled as gift tags!
Speaking of Christmas cards, you’ll need to send some too. Make this easy by visiting the Hallmark website to choose from a wide-range of boxed greetings cards that you can send to friends and loved ones, and even personalised Christmas greetings cards on which you can add your own message or even a photo.
Tinsel is a festive must-have, and why not try wrapping fairy lights around thick silver tinsel for an especially sparkly room decoration? Seasonal scented candles are also another great way to spread the smell of Christmas around the house. Try cinnamon and orange for a spicy citrus scent that will impress your guests.