Plan­ning is key to a stress free fes­tive sea­son

Lists will help with buy­ing presents

Rutherglen Reformer - - Your Guide To Christmas -

Christ­mas is on its way, so it’s time to start plan­ning your fes­tive fun. Grab a cup of tea, a note­book and pen, or the lat­est tablet tech­nol­ogy, and start mak­ing those al­limpor­tant lists.

Split your notes into cat­e­gories such as food and drink, presents, clothes, etc and then cre­ate a work­able timetable that should help to keep ev­ery­thing well on track.

Con­sider what food you want early on. Many shops will de­liver, but buy­ing a lit­tle each week in the run-up to Christ­mas can spread the cost, just leav­ing those fresh items un­til nearer the time.

When it comes to gifts, it’s im­por­tant to shop around. Have a look on­line to com­pare prices be­tween sup­pli­ers and then hit the shops.

It’s nice to wan­der around dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son but make sure you at least have a cou­ple of ideas so that you’re not too stressed.

Take note of the post­ing dates, es­pe­cially abroad. Make a list of ev­ery­one you need to send a card to and make sure you have the cor­rect name and ad­dress.

Now for the ex­cit­ing bit – dec­o­rat­ing your home. Bright, lively dec­o­ra­tions re­ally set the tone. Dig out your dec­o­ra­tions and dis­card those that look tired and un­invit­ing.

There’s plenty of choice out on the high street and you don’t have to spend the earth. You could even hand-make some dec­o­ra­tions.

Re­mem­ber to check your Christ­mas tree lights are work­ing. There’s al­ways one bulb which ru­ins it for the rest, but if you sort them out early, at least you won’t be pan­ick­ing run­ning around the shops look­ing for the right bulbs to en­sure a sparkly fes­tive sea­son.

Now it’s time for a lit­tle pam­per­ing. Book your hair and beauty ap­point­ments in plenty of time and don’t leave shop­ping for your out­fit un­til the last minute. Shop­ping in plenty of time will en­sure you get the size, colour and style you want this Yule­tide.

Book­ing your pre-Christ­mas meals with friends and fam­ily is also key. Restau­rants get booked up quickly, so it’s im­por­tant to or­gan­ise your nights out in plenty of time.

Get the plan­ning right and you can look for­ward to a re­lax­ing and stress-free Christ­mas.

Look­ing good Make sure your Xmas dec­o­ra­tions are in sparkling form

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