It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Except, well, it’s not really. It can be the absolute worse if Christmas stress bogs you down. Not sure what presents to get your loved ones? Got so much on at work that you are worried you won’t get everything done before the New Year? I feel ya.
As much as Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones, eating more cheese and chocolate than your body can really tolerate and just generally relaxing…it isn’t always a barrel of fun. Sometimes you just can’t wait for it to be over.
Don’t worry, you’re not a Scrooge…you’re totally normal and everyone else is just pretending tbh.
So here’s a sneaky listicle of sorts with ways to avoid Christmas stress altogether. Oh, and full disclaimer – some, if not all of this advice may be terrible.
don’t buy anyone anything. I’m kidding of course. Or am I? No, I am kidding. Let’s not deprive our friends and family of gifts. Then you really would be Scrooge. Instead, get organised with a spreadsheet.
Yes, you read that correctly. A spreadsheet. Every year I create a spreadsheet and have columns for each person I am buying for where I chuck in ideas for presents – usually Amazon links tbh, and then once that present in bought, I highlight the cell green.
drink all of the mulled wine. Or mulled cider, or prosecco or y’know just straight up vodka. Whatever floats your boat. It’s Christmas so it’s totally OK I swear. If you don’t fancy the hangover, just chillax when and how you can. Take a long bath, watch a festive film in the evening after work.
Wrap up in a fancy tartan blanket and embrace comfort. Don’t feel the pressure to always be out in the evening just because the Finance department keep inviting you to the pub after work. Saying ‘no’ is allowed.
avoid the shops at all costs. Except the small independent ones, because they do the best gifts and you’re helping the local economy. But otherwise, buy everything else on Amazon and make a nativity scene out of all the unnecessary additional packaging.
save all of your boots advantage card points throughout the year. Then splash out on all of the gift offers they have before Christmas. Perfect for Secret Santa and family members who you may as well have never met given how little you know about them.
get your christmas cards in early at work. Everybody knows it’s all about getting the best Christmas cards for your colleagues to one up them. Avoid that pressure by getting in there first because you’ll get bonus points for being festively keen anyway.
wrap your presents as soon as you buy them. then forget what you’ve wrapped and who it’s for. Or, create labels from those annoying random scraps of wrapping paper you get from awkwardly shaped gifts.
speaking of wrapping, save your wrapping paper. Does anyone else buy new wrapping paper every year and then find the collection you’ve been harbouring for years just casually chilling at the back of the cupboard like “Oh hey we thought you’d forgotten us, shame you wasted your money buying paper in almost exactly the same print”.
There we go – Christmas stress well and truly relieved. You’re welcome!