So we have seven weeks until christmas and OMG we are so excited we might burst.
In order to contain some of this excitement and to stop ourselves shrieking (both in terror and joy) whenever we think of our annual festive ‘to do’ list, we have put together a few pointers that will allow you to get into the festive spirit early without having to be that person wearing a christmas jumper and tinsel earrings in November. It also means you will be so well prepared when the time comes, you can actually focus on enjoying the magic rather than enduring the queues.
We call this list ‘Top 10 ways to get ready for Christmas’
1. Buy your stamps and christmas cards now. Doing this early means you won’t have to be in the longest ever queue at the post office waiting for the man in front to send 50 parcels to various destinations around the world. You will also get the best pick of the christmas card designs…leaving it too late means you might end up having to sending a card with a rude festive slogan to your Auntie Gertrude because it was all they had left.
2. Write your cards and get them ready to send. You could do a couple every night for a few weeks … we have all been there on December the 22nd writing 30 cards to friends and family desperate to catch the last post whilst all the time angrily thinking ‘what’s the point! They will be taking their cards down in a few days!’ Handwriting also becomes an issue after card number 15 and any sentimental messages you add to personalise each card becomes shorter and shorter until all you are left with is ‘To Kim, From Us’.
3. Stock up! Buy your ribbons, gift tags and wrapping paper early because you never have enough (you must have learned that by now). This means you won’t have to hand out any sad looking gifts wrapped in foil and newspaper which leads us on to our next point below:
4. Wrapping! The worst thing about being a grown up is that you are responsible for not only buying the presents, you also have to wrap them. Wrapping is something that always takes longer than you think so take our advice and wrap each gift as you buy it; just make sure you label it and remember what’s inside! That means you can actually enjoy all the christmas specials on the TV in the run up to the big day instead of sobbing on the living room floor surrounded by crumpled paper, sticky tape and ribbon.
5. Make a present list. Going shopping with a plan is much easier than going it freestyle. If you have a focus when you enter that toy shop or department store, it means you get out quicker and can spend the rest of your afternoon here at The Bowgie!!
6. Emergency Gifts – Nothing makes you feel more guilty than receiving a present from someone you didn’t buy for. So avoid feeling like a terrible human and make sure you buy and wrap a few gender-neutral emergency gifts for unexpected visitors. (We think a bottle of wine is a good option!)
7. Prep the house – Dust the china and glasses that have been in the cupboard for 12 months because if you don’t, you can guarantee that the person who ends up with the mug with fluff floating in it will be the one person who you wouldn’t want that to happen to i.e. the mother in law.
8. Cook and freeze my friend, cook and freeze. An apple pie here or a shepherd’s pie there will mean you can whip something up in no time for surprise guests or for those post-Christmas party days when you can’t get up off the sofa.
9. Stay healthy! Eat well, drink water and take your vitamins because no one wants you sneezing over their Christmas dinner.
10. Plan your New Year’s Eve early. Last minute plans are never successful – you will end up stranded somewhere boring unable to get a taxi home….We suggest you get your friends together, head to The Bowgie because we have Not The Beatles playing the best tunes, a 1960’s fancy dress theme, bubbly, canapés and a buzzing party atmosphere to see in 2016 in style! Why not get yourself on the VIP guest list? https://www.facebook.com/events/1489362971360149/