5 ways to make Christmas easy
2 October 2019 / Celebrations / Lifestyle /
We all love gathering people together and creating special moments and memories – it’s exactly why we do what we do at The Grove. And as professional hosts, we know the vast amount of planning that goes into making anything look and feel beautiful, tasty, effortless and calm for guests. Few families at home have the benefit of professional back up. So how do you get things done and look after yourself at the same time? Follow these life hacks and make this Christmas feel a lot easier.
1. Plan with an app like Wunderlist
Unless you have a brilliant PA, use Wunderlist and other apps to break down the giant task of organising Christmas into smaller tasks. Every time you think of something that needs to be planned / bought, add it to your list. You can set reminders, share it with your partner / sibling / parent and even show who’s responsible. Knowing that nothing will be forgotten will help you sleep at night. Best of all is the satisfaction of ticking things off the list!
2. Wrap as you go
Reduce the workload on Christmas Eve – every time you buy a gift, wrap it up. Even better, save even more time by keeping a separate shopping bag for every person, so you can pop the wrapped present straight in. Keep a smaller bag within each bag for Christmas stocking fillers.
You could even start buying presents now and get it done. October half term’s also a good time to start on your Christmas cards and keep them ready to be posted.
3. Keep it simple
When you’re under time pressure, buy online. And if you can’t think what to get, a voucher for the person’s favourite shop will always be welcomed. The biggest message here is: let go of perfection. Let’s not make things more difficult or time-consuming for ourselves than we need to. When you feel under pressure, ask yourself: is there an easier way to do this? There always is.
4. Lay the table in advance
Three or four days before Christmas, start eating in the kitchen and lay the dining table. And delegate to other members of the family in the same household! Most kids enjoy helping and being part of the preparation.
5. Go on a nature walk
Slow down and savour the moment. Wrap up warm and dry, breathe some fresh air and let the kids run off some steam. Take 30 minutes or a couple of hours to get out and notice the natural world around you and enjoy being with the people you love. And enjoy yourself!
Finally, for an ultra easy Christmas, you can always let us do all the hard work… there’s no need to lift a finger. Take a look at our festive breaks and maybe we’ll see you this Christmas.