Renna's Discoveries: Don't get stressed at Christmas

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Don't get stressed at Christmas

Why do people get so stressed out at Christmas time ? It's just time off work (for some) to see family that they possibly haven't seen since last Christmas and have fun. Yes, OK, eating lots of food is obviously included which can be an issue if you are on a calorie counting diet (but, its Christmas it's time to relax too). It's time for catch ups and meeting friends in the pub to celebrate another year with some bubbles.
Infact, Christmas is a blessing as it gets families out of their particular bubbles to actually go and see other family members that they've made no effort in seeing for a whole year.
We have to go shopping to buy gifts, but we all secretly love shopping so why is that stressful ? Trying to find the perfect gift ? trying to stay within a budget ? But, it's not about (well, it shouldn't be ) the amount of money the gift cost, it's about the thought that went into deciding on the gift.
Christmas is what we make it, it will be stressful if you allow it to be stressful. But, if you write a list or spend the evening scrolling through the web online shopping, it does make it easier. Alternatively, vouchers are actually the best presents for people, as they can decide what they want themselves and then everyone is happy.
My favourite shops at Christmas are all the supermarkets, Morrisons, Tescos, Sainsbury's, Lidl, Aldi, Waitrose and Marks and Spencers, and then of course TK Maxx if you are lucky to have one near you, as you can get some great individual gifts in there. I do have to admit, I avoid the Toy Shops at Christmas as they seem to fill up with plastic five minute wonders for the kids, so I prefer to get them items that they need, but still love like bed linen, pyjamas, slippers, hats and scarves, lovely warm jumpers or jackets, snow boots, books, then we decide what special luxury item to get them.
We always have a fun cold night out in or near London to see the lights, this year we are visiting Chiswick House for their light display and I still need to book Christmas Eve skiing and a visit to see Santa too at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Christmas is all about being prepared too. So get your dates in to see different family members, to see the lights, to have fun with the kids, to have fun with your friends and also to take time out for yourself. Get your food orders in, if you are preparing food yourself as well. Or make a lot of room in your freezer and start stocking up now.

Christmas is supposed to be fun, and it's down to you to make it fun. It's also about thinking of others. So if you can, make a visit to your local foodbank and donate loads of food items for others who need it, you can visit homeless shelters and donate food, sleeping bags, hats, scarves, jumpers, socks, toiletries, bags etc

What are you doing at Christmas ? Have you even starting thinking it or are you a last minute 23rd - 24th of December panic-er?