Mummy says… Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. I enjoy spending time with loved ones, opening presents, and of course, eating lots of festive food! For many of us though, Christmas often comes with a large helping of stress, particularly if you’re responsible for making plans or organising the big day itself.
There are plenty of easy ways you can delegate your Christmas tasks to help make the festive period a little less stressful. Take a look at my top tips below…
Write a list, and check it twice
As the old saying goes, ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’. Write up a list of everything that needs doing for Christmas Day with plenty of time to spare, so you know exactly what is needed. You’ll then be able to delegate out some of these tasks to guests or even the professionals!
Ask your guests to bring items
It’s easy to feel like you need to provide everything if you’re hosting guests on Christmas Day, however this is not the case. This year, ask your guests to bring drinks or their signature food items with them to help cut down on prep time and expense.
Get the children involved
Although it can be a little difficult to tear children away from the festivities, they can help with some of the simpler Christmas Day preparations. Task them with writing Christmas cards, setting the table or helping in the kitchen. It’s a great way to spend a little quality family time together, whilst teaching skills which will be useful in the future.
If you’re delegating tasks to friends and family, make sure you give clear instructions, specifying exactly what needs doing, when and by who. Although this can feel like micro-management, making sure you’re crystal clear will help to avoid any confusion or last-minute Christmas disasters.
Outsource some of the hard work
There’s a service for everything nowadays – from hiring place settings, to getting your gifts wrapped, or even having Christmas lunch catered for you! Make the most of these to outsource some of your Christmas tasks, and reduce the amount of prep you need to do on the big day itself.
Skip the clean up
After a large Christmas dinner, the last thing anyone really wants to do is a mountain of washing and cleaning up! Outsource this task to a local cleaning service, or even ask your guests to help in exchange for hosting them on the big day!
Consult the experts
From personal shopping services that will pick out gifts for your loved ones, to food critics reviewing all of the different Christmas food options, there’s a wealth of information to utilise. This will help to narrow down your choices for Christmas day, and take away some of the worry from your big day decisions.
These handy tips will help to take some chores off your list, and make Christmas a little easier this year. If you find yourself feeling stressed or run down over the festive period, it’s worth finding out what changes you can make to help get you back on top form. Vitabiotics Wellness Score can suggest supplements and changes to your routine, based on the answers to a few anonymous lifestyle questions.
Are you ready for the big day with your Christmas Day prep sorted?