Now, I’d be the first to admit “I FREAKING LOVE CHRISTMAS’. I love getting together with family, taking time to relax, hang out, cook, bake, decorate, hibernate and get cozy. Incase you’re the guy who always ends up queuing in Waterstones on Christmas Eve, I wanted to share a few tips to help in preparing for Christmas.
1. Write your present list: Not just for Santa! Write a list outlining all the friends and family you will be giving a gift to this year. Assign a budget to each person, and then stick to it! Think up fun things you can create/ cook/ bake/ paint by hand before hitting the shops. The earlier you begin collecting the presents you need the easier it will seem.
2. Delegate fun things to family: This year we’ll be hosting Christmas at our place in Manchester. To help prepare for the day I wrote a list of fun things for each family member to take on as a personal project, this way the amount of things to do is shared and you all get nice surprises along the way!
My list looked like this:
Mum- Take control of all things desert!
Dad- the master of entertainment, bring Netflix password, DVD’s, Only Fools & Horses and plenty of Christmas music!
Zach- Organize the bar!
Terry- Create the world’s greatest cheeseboard, bring the Christmas crackers and plan the morning breakfast buffet.
Christine- Create the world’s greatest Christmas Dinner! Decorate and make Christmas stockings
Everyone– bring little gifts for the Christmas stockings
3. Write your Christmas menu: So I’ve already created this years menu as I just couldn’t hold myself back any longer. I also find writing down everything you will be buying ingredients wise and all the dishes you will be preparing is a great way to get your head around what order each thing needs to be done. Once you’ve written out your menu send it round to your guests incase anyone wants to add anything, this way it’s bound to be the greatest menu it could possibly be and everyone can get excited. Don’t forget to order anything in advance like the cheese, turkey and any special hampers you might like.
4. Get crafty with friends: Get your friends around for brunch to make Christmas stockings, table centre pieces, decorations and other fun crafty projects. You’re much more likely to finish the project if you set yourself an afternoon and all enjoy crafting together.
5. Do a little everyday: The greatest tip in preparing for Christmas would be to make small preparations everyday in the months leading up to the event, that way you’ll be well prepared and feel zero levels of stress and be able to enjoy the holidays to the fullest!