With only weeks away, here’s our 5 tips to prepare for Christmas with your family and friends.
Tip 1: The Christmas Budget
For many of us, the Christmas aftermath includes massive credit card bills that can take months to clear. Christmas doesn’t have to be a financial headache if you plan ahead. Work out a rough budget of expected Christmas costs as early as possible. This includes ‘hidden’ expenses such as food bills and overseas telephone charges. Calculate how much disposable income you have between now and Christmas. A certain percentage of this can be dedicated each weekly to covering your expected Christmas costs. With just 5 weeks left, now is the time to start if you haven’t already. If your nest egg isn’t enough to cover your estimated expenses, consider recalculating your Christmas budget to a more realistic amount.
Tip 2: The List
With so much to do and just 5 weeks till the big day, a list is so important. Who’s coming to lunch, are they bringing partners, gift buying – what are the grandkids into now, what is everyone’s favourite drink. But the big one has to be the food shop! We suggest you get inspired with recipes or cooking plans from some of your favourite chefs or magazines and create the list from there. Though Christmas is a traditional time – why not change things up this year with what you cook. It doesn’t have to be big maybe it’s an introduction to a new sauce to baste the turkey. Whatever it is, keep in mind change is good and there is so many delicious recipes to be tried and tested.
Our top tip right now is take a look at family favourite, Jamie liver: Click here to get inspired.
Tip 3: Christmas crafternoon
With the Christmas school holiday soon to be here and with a handful of grandkids and children to entertain why not plan a day of decorating cards and gift tags as it is fun to do together! Just divvy up the materials – card stock, markers, glitter, stickers, ribbon, wrapping paper – and gather together to go through your collective to-do lists. Crafts are a fabulous idea if you are doing things on a budget as Christmas can be an expensive time. Plus, a homemade gift is always loved.
Tip 4: Gift exchange
Instead of hunting down gifts for all your family which can be a stressful and very expensive undertaking, we love the idea of hosting a Secret Santa instead. Set a price limit ahead of time, and have each person bring a wrapped gift to share on Christmas day. Christmas isn’t just the present giving but about good memories and family time.
Tip 5: Christmas card
This weekend is the perfect time to write up a Christmas card list. Once you have the list, book a date in your diary for the last day you should be buying your cards – we suggest to get them next week and the last day you need to send the cards – we think the earlier is best so you don’t miss out on those Australia Post deadlines. Also if you have Grandkids or children a lovely idea is to write a letter to Santa, if you send it to Australia Post they work with Santa, and his elves, at Christmas to make sure your child receives a reply to their letter if you live in Australia. Check it out here.
And for anyone looking to get their present buying in now we are excited to announce our online Christmas store has now opened. We have some amazing gifts starting from just $5. So check it out here
Laura – Seeing Me Project Editor