Take the stress out of Christmas: our guide to a worry-free festive period

Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year, but one that comes with an enormous pressure. There is a so much to do, the shops get busier and there is an onus on everything being perfect.

Whether it’s a strained family relationship, the worry of cooking for a host of people or just the sheer volume of presents to buy, Christmas is enough to stress the most placid of people.

Here at WeAreTheCity have put together our top tips on creating a calm and stress free festive period.

christmas dinnerDon’t burn-out in the kitchen!

Cooking on Christmas Day is enough to send Nigella Lawson into a panic. There is so much pressure to create the perfect meal, with just the right amount of food – all whilst trying to play the perfect host.

However, planning and preparation will go a long way to help you spend more time with your family and less time worrying about burning the turkey. Prepare what you can the day before – vegetables can be peeled and chopped beforehand, as well as sauces and stuffing. Lastly don’t panic! If the worst does happen, it’s just one meal and there will always be plenty of other food so no one is likely to go hungry.

But if this has done nothing to calm those thoughts of dread, there is always the option of eating out – just book early to avoid disappointment and added stress.

presentShare the responsibility

Delegation is an important part of a stress-free Christmas. People often offer to help but we rarely take them up on it.

Let family help buy presents for each other, and let others help with the washing up. You can also ask guests to bring a dessert, mince pies or other nibbles – even the small items mean one less thing for you to do.

Get technical

We all have our phones glued to us throughout the rest of the year, so why not use it to help plan Christmas? There are plenty of apps that can help organise the festive period and you’ll have all the information straight to hand.

To keep spending in check and to prioritise those who need presents, download The Christmas List or The Better Christmas List. These apps will help you compile a list of all the gifts you need and keeps it all safe with a password function. The Better Christmas List also allows you to set a budget for each individual person to make sure you don’t overspend.

Looking for a bargain? Red Laser lets you scan the barcode of any product you see while shopping and compares prices so you are guaranteed the best deal.

Struggling to find that perfect present for the person who has everything? Gift Professor could help – it asks a series of questions about the person in mind and then draws from items in over 2000 stores.

christmas shoppingBudget

The worst thing that you can do while trying to create the perfect Christmas is to go over-budget. The festive period can be an expensive time with endless parties, presents and food to buy. However there are many ways to keep on top of your spending.

  • Make a list of all the people you need to buy for and the amount you are willing to spend on each one
  • Try and save a little each week, and use supermarket saving schemes to your advantage
  • Online shopping can be a great way of keeping track of spending as you can simply remove and add more to your basket without trawling around the shop
  • Look for deals and vouchers online to get the best price

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