12th September 2017
7 Top Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas
During the festive period, do you ever start thinking “I need a break from my break”? Assuring yourself, next year “I’ll be more prepared”? Then you aren’t alone. With only 14 Saturdays until Christmas, it’s time to start ticking off the to-do list to ensure your season is stress-free.
Take a look through our top tips on keeping things merry for Christmas 2017.
1. Start Shopping Now
Mid-season sales begin between September and November in the UK, so it’s time to get out bargain hunting. Before you hit the shops, write a list of who you are buying for and most importantly, set a budget. Retailers in December like to entice you with little treats sporting shiny discount tags, conveniently located at the checkout queue. A half price box of chocolates here, a 3 for 2 of toiletries there and before you know it, you’ll have spent double your budget and be struggling to carry home your goodies.
2. Keep Your Cool
Did you know you can keep a frozen turkey in your freezer for up to a year? A great option for the super savvy who can get out of their turkey-coma on Boxing Day. For the rest of us, getting your turkey now can mean great savings and less last minute stressful panic buying in the supermarkets, where your only option left might be turkey-flavoured crisps. You can also get ahead of the game by doubling your family meals and freezing half on the run up to Christmas, so when Uncle Bob & Co turn up for a surprise visit, you can have a home-cooked meal ready in minutes.
3. Make Time for Me
We have 365 days of the year to visit relatives and catch up with friends, but for whatever reason, we want to cram this into 2 frantic weeks at Christmas. Take time to think through who is most important to you, arrange for small gatherings and leave the big parties for another time of year. Amongst the pantos, catch ups with friends and celebrations, make sure you plan in some time for you. Whether it’s watching movies snuggled up on the sofa, getting out for a walk in the country air, or taking advantage discounted Twixmas Hotel Breaks, make sure to plan in some ‘down-time’ before the holidays are over.
4. Buy Them Time Away
Long gone are the days of saving up for that special something. With same-day delivery and competitive online pricing, getting them something they really want has become that little bit more difficult. So, why not treat them to a Hotel Connexions Gift Voucher? You pick the amount, and let them pick the place. With over 200 hotels to choose from, you can guarantee they will find a place they will love. We often find it hard to give ourselves a reason to take a break, but with a voucher, it means they can find a time that suits them to get away from it all, which is a real treat. You can buy vouchers online right here.
5. BYOD (Bring Your Own Dish)
At the end of the festive season, it’s quite likely your house will start to resemble a small supermarket. No one likes turning up empty handed, so your fridge becomes overrun with every type of dip and your cupboards end up exploding with enough nuts and crisps to feed all of Santa’s reindeer until next year. So why not start a new Christmas tradition and make your next Christmas party a ‘pot luck’? Pot lucks keep every one happy as your guests are invited to bring along a delicious dish (whilst emptying their own fridge), which means no midnight dishwashing duty for you, and more time to relax and unwind before your guests arrive.
6. Shop in Your Slippers
Want a guaranteed way to save money whilst relaxing on your sofa? Buy everything online. Put your grocery list together well in advance, and get your delivery slot booked before everyone else does, as these fill up quickly. While you are sitting comfortably with a cuppa, why not get your gifts online too? A trip into town can quite often end up fruitless, with out of stock items and endless queues. You can compare prices from retailers to make sure you are getting the best bargains and enjoy the convenience of home delivery or picking up from a store, making for the ultimate stress-free shopping experience.
7. Cancel Christmas
We think Luther & Nora might have been onto something in the movie ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ by planning to get away from it all on a Caribbean cruise. We’re not suggesting taking down the fairy lights or deflating Frosty the Snowman, but a Christmas Day retreat this year could be your most relaxing celebration ever. So never mind the long-haul flights, why don’t you try a fabulous festive hotel break in the UK? Save your pennies and let someone else do the cooking. What’s not to love? All your meals lovingly prepared (and no cleaning up), entertainment for all the family, and mulled wine with carol singers to get you in the festive spirit. You can find our Festive Breaks right here.
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If you can't wait for Christmas then why not start planning your celebrations with our festive party nights to get you in the mood?
Written by Annika Rieley, September 2017.