They say that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, the time of the year where we spoil our loved ones and stuff our faces silly. However, in my opinion, it is also one of the most STRESSFUL times of the year.
As I write this, it is four days until Christmas Day. And I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping. And I am STRESSED. The manic last minute dash to the shops, the mobbed streets of the city centre and the elbow jabs you suffer as you make your way to the check out. And then, the discovery once you get home that you have forgotten to get practically everything that you went in for. Then there is surviving Christmas Day itself. But, don’t despair! I have devised a quick guide to keep sane whilst braving the festive season…
Surviving Christmas Shopping
- The most fundamental rule is MAKE A LIST. A list will keep you on track and make sure you don’t forget anything. Group items in terms of shops you will need to visit so you don’t leave the store and realise you needed to buy something else. Having a rough guide in your head of what you are going to buy will make things much easier. Have a look online beforehand to get an idea.
- Try to head into the shops early on. They will be less busy and the rails and shelves will be tidier, making it easier to find things.
- Have a coffee/vodka/ valium break. I’M KIDDING. I am not encouraging taking drugs whilst shopping whatsoever. Wait until you get home. All jokes aside… a coffee and Panini break will give you the strength to carry on.
- Remember to take your own bags. It is not only supermarkets that charge for bags, clothes stores are also included!
- Make sure you ask for gift receipts if you think the person might want to return it or if you are unsure on the size.
Surviving Wrapping the Presents
- Pour a glass of wine. A laaarge glass of wine.
Surviving Christmas Day
- Wear stretchy clothes. Treat Christmas Dinner like you are tackling a long-haul flight, rest beforehand, eat a light brekkie, choose the best seat and make sure you are comfortable.
- Speaking of choosing the right seat, don’t sit and the end of the table nearest the kitchen. You will be the one who will have to get up for endless drink top ups and the tomato ketchup for the big kid at the table. (Usually me.)
- Go easy on the alcohol until you eat something. You don’t want to be THAT guy who drinks too much breakfast bucks fizz, ruins Christmas by blowing the Santa secret, fall on the tree and end up in bed by 4pm.
- Don’t take board games too seriously. So what if someone forgot to turn the egg-timer round on Family Fortunes or someone is conferring with their team. It is just a game. It. Is. Just. A. Game.
- If you there are small kids coming over make sure you have a stack of batteries and screwdrivers handy for their toys. And a gun to shoot the Elsa doll that repeatedly sings one verse of ‘Let It Go’. Over. And. Over. And. Over. Again.
Surviving Boxing Day
- DO NOTHING AT ALL. Stay in your onesie, watching Christmas movies and eating Chocolate Oranges. All day. Because, when else in the year can you?
So, there you have it, my Christmas Survival Guide. Now… I think it’s time for a Cocktail… Merry Christmas!
With the Festive season fast approaching, now is the time to start shopping for your Christmas party wardrobe.
Luckily, Lipsy have brought out their Lipsy London Love Michelle Keegan Winter collection, just in time for us hitting the shops! From cosy winter jackets to glam gowns, they have everything you need for a Chic Christmas. Here are my top picks…
All items are available at www.lipsy.co.uk