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Getting Ready for the Holidays

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With Christmas just around the corner it is time to get into full festive mode and start your pre-holiday preparations. There are some people who might think that the beginning of December is way too early to start getting ready but that mindset can cause you serious problems. By getting all of your preparations out of the way at the beginning of the month you avoid the crowds who have left everything until the last minute. What’s more, while everyone else around you is stressing out, you can sit back with a smug grin and enjoy some mulled wine, safe in the knowledge that you’ve already sorted everything out.

So, here are a few things you might want to think about getting ready now.

Christmas Shopping

There aren’t going to be any sales between now and Christmas so you might as well get your shopping done sooner rather than later. As the 25th draws nearer, the shops are going to be packed out and queuing times will go through the roof. You are going to want to avoid this at all costs. The alternative is to do all your Christmas shopping online – but where’s the fun in that?

Book Your Tables

If you are planning any kind of Christmas party, whether it be with your friends, family or colleagues, get your table booked asap. Booking your table early is the best way to make sure you get to eat in your favourite restaurant without the worry of being kicked out prematurely. Tell them you want the tables all night and let the drinks flow freely until closing time.

Buy Your Food

This mainly applies to the feature piece of your Christmas dinner: the bird. As Christmas nears the selection of turkeys, geese and ducks onoffer will dwindle. If you can get your bird as early as possible and freeze it until you’re ready to cook, this will ensure you’re not left with slim pickings on Christmas Eve as you desperately search for an adequate goose.

Organise Your Family

If you have a big family then it is a good idea to make an itinerary of who you are going to see and when over the festive period. If you do this early then the people you want to see are less likely to already have plans. Once you know where you are going to be throughout the holiday season it will be much easier to sort out food and presents.

Declutter Your House

Getting presents is always exciting but they are sometimes accompanied with a feeling of dread as you try and work out where you’re going to fit all your new things in your house. If you get rid of all your junk before Christmas then you will have more space for your Christmas stash. The good thing about doing this before Christmas is that you can avoid the overlap between old and new things. This means you can open your presents in an entirely stress-free manner.

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