Christmas is in less than a week. Try not to panic.
December may have felt like a long weekend so far, but this time of the year always seems to go much faster than everything else. You might remember like yesterday the excitement of opening that first door on your advent calendar. But now that you see it, you’ve gone through most of the month already.
The biggest issue to arise from time passing quickly is of course that you don’t seem to have enough time to do anything. You still need to write out your cards, finish buying presents, wrap the presents, decorate the house, plan food and drink for the day… it’s a whirlwind of activity. If you do feel like you have fallen behind on Christmas preparations and you need to get back in the game, here are some of the things you can do.
Buy a TV guide
At this time of the year, the TV gifts us with loads of festive movies and TV specials. Take a bit of time one morning to look through the guide, record shows and films you don’t want to miss and download things for the kids to watch throughout the day after opening presents on Christmas morning.
Make sure you’ve got batteries
There’s no more deflating feeling than your child opening their Christmas present only to find it needs batteries so they can’t play with it yet. Get those batteries in to keep the kids entertained.
Make sure that you can get everything you need shipped before Christmas. Use companies like Shiply to ensure that you can send off your presents and have them arrive to your family and friends before the big day.
Send an e-card
If you miss the chance to post a card before Christmas day, you can still send a card via email to your family or friends. So don’t worry if you forget!
The Christmas table
Get yourself a festive table runner to make the table look and feel more done up. Add some tealights, holly and lots of glitter. You can make table decorations out of pretty much anything. Even take any leftover baubles and pop them in the middle of the table.
Collect from nature
If you don’t know what theme you want for your table, collect some pinecones and Holly from outdoors and bring them into your home for the week. You can make your table into a woodland wonderland and even make your own antler name labels out of small twigs.
If you want your house to look and smell festive, dry some oranges, limes and lemons in the oven then hang them around the house. You can also take an organ and poke it with cloves then hang it on your tree- the whole house will smell like citrus and spice in no time. If you want to decorate the table, tie some cinnamon sticks with twine and pop them in the middle with some pine cones.
Make your entryway as grand and festive as you can by wrapping fairy lights and tinsel around your stairway and hanging a wreath on the door.