Christmas comes but once a year and for some of us, that’s more than enough. Granted the festive season means time off work (for some of us) and spending time with friends and family, but that alone can provide inordinately stress, particularly if your argumentative family are a little on the loud and insufferable side and you are prone to periods of worry.
With the right mindset, however, it can be surprisingly simple to tune out the jingle bells, the drunken karaoke and the inevitable results of a Brussel sprout overindulgence. Follow the tips below and you might just be able to survive this Christmas season without strangling anyone!
As you will know, we are flipping Christmas on it’s head this year and serving Beef for Christmas Dinner. This has brought a whole new world of researching I have had to do to ensure I have picked the ultimate wine pairings for the meal…. of course the festive wines don’t just stop at the main event… think about every glass of fizz or wine you have throughout December. It’s all a complex pairing mission!
If like me you aren’t a fan of chocolate advent Calendars, there has never been much choice for us. Now that we have a myriad of toys, booze and beauty advent calendars, there was still one thing missing. A Cheese Advent Calendar.
Hands up who thought it was a good idea to paint their large, bright and airy living room a deep shade of purple? Great in the summer but now the dark nights are here, I am struggling to keep my room feeling bright and not drab. The lighting lets me down. It always feels cosy on a night time which is great but during the day it’s lacking that bright pzazz, but I do know I don’t want it to feel stark and clinical.
All the rooms in my house have bold punch colours in them so I need to up my lighting game and change how I think about lighting my rooms.
I always try to stay on budget at Christmas. I make lists, I plan ahead and I maximise sale days, discounts and loopholes where possible. I shop big so the more money I can keep in my pocket through Christmas Budgeting, the better it is for me to treat myself in the sales!
My biggest festive weakness is spur of the moment gifts or stocking fillers that all add up. I am trying to get better at this but it’s a work in progress! I have some great tips in this collaborative post to help you keep on track this year.