Christmas can be a stressful time of year but it needn’t be so full of angst or feel like a competition see who has what. I try to think of it as a few loved ones getting together at a wonderful time of year and ignore the noise and the pull of advertising and merchandising and feeling like I have to spend heaps to make it special.
Just relax and think about these few tips.
If you’re having guests to stay, try and clean out the spare room a few days before they come. Give it a dust and a vacuum, make some hanging space, leave them something to put their case on and leave a lamp, some water and a magazine on the nightstand.
If you haven’t got a spare room and people are sleeping on sofas or camp beds, make sure that they’re all sturdy and won’t collapse in the middle of the night.
Make sure there’s enough bed linen and pillows for everyone and a blanket or a throw if it gets chilly. When there are a lot of people in the house we tend to turn down the heating but then we’re all boiling and having hot flushes in the kitchen and freezing in the rest of the house!
Put enough towels out so that everyone can have a bath or a shower and wash their hands without having to borrow someone else’s. There’s nothing worse than finding that your towel has been used by others. A bath towel and a hand towel for each person is enough for a short stay.
Rest of the House
Organise the kitchen a bit, make sure you have enough cutlery and crockery for everyone. Borrow if necessary and if you can’t, make sure you have enough tea towels for all of the drying. You won’t have time to wait for the dishwasher!
Lists, lists, lists. Make sure you know who is eating what and when and try to do most of the shopping before Christmas Eve. If you need to, just shop for the essentials when its really busy.
Put up a tree. Put some lights on it. Bring in some greenery from outside and make some little posies in jam jars. Don’t stress.
Relax and enjoy!
That’s it. You’re done. Enjoy being with the people you love and forget about the rest.