Christmas planning: our top tips for reducing stress November 14, 2018
It’s official! There’s less than six weeks until Christmas, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be wondering where this year has gone. While Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be a holiday that makes stress levels soar.
So, what can you do to prepare and alleviate Christmas stress? Read on for our top tips:
1. Gift shop as you go
If you see a gift for someone, buy it, don’t wait until next week or when you’re going to do the ‘big present shop’. The more you tick off the list now, the less you have to stress about later. Plus, it saves you having to lug around a bunch of shopping bags, through heavily crowded malls, asking yourself how you ended up here, yet again.
2. Cook with the HelloFresh Christmas Box
If you’re hosting Christmas lunch or dinner, and have no idea what to serve your friends and family, you can leave all the planning and shopping to us! Our HelloFresh Christmas Box comes with a succulent ham, golden roast chicken, tasty sides and decadent desserts. It’s available in three sizes and makes cooking a three-course festive feast a foolproof process. You can find out more about the Christmas Box here.
3. Make a list (and check it twice)
This time of year, your head’s going to be filled with a million things to remember, so putting pen to paper is the perfect way to stay on top of everything. Jot down all of the things you need to arrange for the day, and enjoy ticking each item off one by one!
4. Enjoy decorating with the whole family
Decorating will be fun they said… until you’ve got boxes stacked up to the ceiling and tinsel all over the floor! Sound familiar? Good news is, there’s a way around this and it’s to get the whole family involved! All hands-on deck means less stress for you – plus, you get to spend quality time with the family. Throw some Christmas jingles on in the background and you’re good to go.
5. Limit your spending
We know this is easier said than done, but with some careful planning and mindful shopping, you don’t need to overspend this Christmas. Preparation is key, so make a realistic budget before you start shopping, including everything from presents and decorations to food and drink.
6. Ask for help
To save time (and your sanity), ask those around you for help this Christmas. Whether that’s hiring a cleaning service to make your home look sparkly clean before your guests arrive, getting help from a friend to wrap presents, or using the HelloFresh Christmas Box to make cooking on the day a breeze.
And most importantly, remember the thing that really matters on the day is to relax and enjoy the time spent with loved ones. Oh, and good food of course.