A Merry Christmas
Your Christmas could be quiet hard to be perfect. You could over-cook the turkey, under-cook the pudding and end up moaning into a huge glass of wine because a nasty aunt criticized your gravy. It’s because you have put so much time and effort into hosting the perfect Christmas, that the disappointment at an odd hiccup can be overwhelming. This year, nonetheless, start the festive period accepting you are not a domestic goddess and it won’t be perfect, and you shall be surprised to see how well you enjoy.
Do enjoy the preparation. If you’re not careful, baking the cake, decorating the house and dressing the tree can begin to feel like a chore. Don’t let it become hard work. Give yourself the time to enjoy it and accept that with a little help you can create some lovely Christmas memories. Try and relax. By the time Christmas Day arrives, most of us are exhausted. You’ve probably spent the weeks prior to the big day panic shopping, baking and ferrying the family from one festive event to the next. Take a time out as it’s supposed to be a holiday! Don’t expect your children to be angels. They are about to burst with excitement about the arrival of Santa. Rules and routines are thrown out of the window so relatives can be entertained and trips can be taken. Try not to let all discipline go out of the window and if you sense that there’s a tantrum on the way, remove your child from the mayhem. Don’t try to do everything yourself. A resentful host is not a happy host so when you do your pre-Christmas shopping list, make sure you also write a list of jobs you’ll need doing on the big day.
And lastly don’t stress about the presents. Do you remember the presents you didn’t get when you were a child? Or do you remember the experiences you had? Your kids will remember the laughter and the love. Have a Merry Christmas!