Thanks to the growing commercialization of the holiday season, there is more and more pressure to put together the dreamiest, most magical Christmas ever for your friends and family. We all want to produce those perfect Instagram pictures to share with everyone, and not only visually, but also there is a huge effort to make sure that the tone and atmosphere of your festive celebrations are on point too. Here are some pointers for how to have the magical Christmas that you have been encouraged to dream about!
1. Honest Guest List
Be honest with yourself about the people that you actually want to spend time with at Christmas, rather than going down the same old road of having to include absolutely everyone out of sheer politeness. Extend the invites to those who you really want to come, and the sooner you break the news, the sooner people can arrange their plans accordingly. One of the key things that ruins people’s holidays is having to spend time with people that they don’t even like!
Right from the offset, set yourself a budget and stick to it. Having a cheaper Christmas doesn’t mean that you have to have a ‘worse’ Christmas. In fact, being better about your spending will make you’re a happier person because you can enjoy the festivities without the nagging feeling of financial burden in the back of your mind! It also forces you to be more creative which can make for memorable and enjoyable celebrations.
3. Shorter Hosting Time
Don’t just give an arrival time to your guests, give a leaving time as well! It can be really draining when people outstay their welcome, so if you tell everyone that your Christmas Day is from 12 to 6, then everyone is on the same page and you can get all of your celebrations done in time before parting amicably for plenty of naps!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you are feeling swamped! Hosting Christmas can be an absolute nightmare if you are trying to do it all on your own, so make sure to delegate tasks out to people who are willing to lend a hand, and it will result in a much happier and less stressful time.
5. Early Plans
Put the feelers out for your Christmas Day plans as early as possible because the earlier you get things into place, the more likely they are to go off without a hitch. You don’t want to find yourself on December 20th still without a place to go or without people to come round. The earlier you pencil in plans, the more magical you can work towards making them be!