Christmas With The Family

Christmas. Love it or loathe it? Here at Truly HQ, we are fully invested in the festive season but it can often seem more of a chore than a celebration. Luckily, I’ve rounded up my top tips to keep you sane.

All of a sudden, the time has come where my darling little cherubs break up from school tomorrow. In between having to make sure that my work is fully up to date, the majority of the Santa sacks are sorted (yes for all 5 and including Peter, 6.) Family Christmas presents bought or at least decided upon and Christmas dinner for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters are at least researched, if not food shop ordered. As you can imagine, it’s pretty full on.

So this year, whilst I might not be as on top of things as I normally would be, I thought I would share the little hints and tips that help me not spontaneously combust when someone asks me for another suggestion of what to buy my kids for Christmas! (They are at that awkward teenage stage when they don’t even know what they want.)

Buy The Silly Things

  • It seems so trivial yet it can be so annoying when you’re suddenly missing something important. Bulk buy batteries in AA, AAA, and C (these are always needed but hardly ever remembered!)
  • Try to find the tiny screwdriver from last year’s Christmas crackers, if not, buy one. This is a vital bit of kit along with wire cutters, because who has the time (or the sanity) to untwist all those wires that hold the presents in place?
  • Buy a few extra presents, they don’t have to break the bank, just a candle, plant or even chocolates and wrap with a pre-written tag and a sticky note saying what it is. So if you’re given a surprise gift, you can smoothly return the thought, just remember to remove the sticky note before giving it to them.

Get Ahead

  • Aim to wrap presents and write the tags the night you bought them and either put them straight under the tree or into your children’s’ stockings, stashed out of the way, of course. If you tend to hang your stockings on Christmas Eve then label a bin bag so you can decant into stockings when the kids are asleep.
  • Lay the table from the 23rd, if you are anything like me then you will be prepping food on Christmas Eve or wrapping those last minute presents, so set up early, this way it’s one less thing to do. The same with food; if you are hosting Christmas this year, then make ahead as much as you can and freeze. Everything from mashed potato and cranberry sauce to Yule Log can be made at the beginning of December, then brought out on Christmas Eve to thaw or can be cooked straight from frozen. Easy peasy!

Book something to do 

Every year we get together with friends on Christmas Eve to celebrate as we know we’re all be busy between Christmas and the New Year, I find this really helps as I know I need to have everything finished by 3:00pm so that I can start to relax and enjoy Christmas with the family. We are normally only out for a few hours, so we still have the traditions of leaving a mince pie for Father Christmas and reading The Night Before Christmas (yes I still do it and my youngest is 12!!!)

Give yourself a break

Apparently taking some time out on Christmas day when all is in full swing to hide in the kitchen is not rude, it’s actually being kind to yourself, so don’t feel bad about it, having a cheeky glass of wine on your own in peace is actually restorative. Sit back and congratulate yourself on a job well done. So what if you burned the turkey or misspelt a name on a present? The fact that you have tried your best to make Christmas with the family extra special should be enough and if not, take the bottle into the kitchen and hide it out.

Love, Tara x