Christmas is fast upon us and its that time of year to start thinking about where to buy the turkey from and whether you have enough decorations stored in the loft. It can be a stressful time of year for many of us. Many people think that its mad to start planning this early but in reality there is only three months till the big day!
This will be our first Christmas in our new home and our second as a family of three. I am looking forward to Christmas this year as Amelia will be 21 months she will be much more interested in everything and also more active which means I'd rather be more organised.
Here are some important things to consider:
Christmas shopping can be very stressful especially with all the crowds and you'd rather go on your own without the kids. If you are lost for ideas get your children to write a wish list to Santa and you will know what your kids most desire. I prefer to do the majority of my shopping online in the months leading up to Christmas. I find it stress free and you can do it from the comfort of your own home whilst looking after the little ones! For more tips on how to save money this Christmas check out my previous post here.
When putting up the decorations, let the children help if they are old enough. Whether this be the baubles, lights or chocolate they will enjoy doing it. You can find a wide variety of Christmas lights at Lights4fun to choose from to suit every house.
Choosing the right tree can be an indecisive decision, you may argue amongst yourselves what type of tree to get. Whether this be a real fur or artificial it's always a good idea to discuss which would benefit you most as a family. What would be best around animals and children and also another important facto - can you afford to buy a real tree every year? Artificial Christmas Trees cost you less in the long run as you pay the once and it will last for years! My parents still have theirs in the attic from 10+ years ago! Even though they have bought the odd fur tree every now and again.
If you have a large family and can't decide where to eat on Christmas day, why not choose one house and everyone bring over something different. For example if you decide to cook the turkey, mum and dad bring over the roast potatoes and vegetables, Nana brings the stuffing, and someone else brings the starter or Christmas pud! This will also save a lot of time, money and preparation and you will be more relaxed, and able to enjoy the day!
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