Christmas Wrapped Up – Part 4

The last in our series about how to have a stress free Christmas.


Make a Memory

Do you have family traditions you’d like to uphold? Do you want to create your own? As kids, my friends and l used to go to Richmond ice rink. Now we take our children to Hampton Court or Kew for outdoor skating and hot chocolate each Christmas. I also have a Christmas notebook with my family’s present wish lists, plus a list of the people i’m buying for and what i’ve bought them. It’s stored with the Christmas decorations and each yer, all add to it, it provides a record of our family Christmases. It goes back several years, and l also have my mother’s. The organisational streak must run in the family!

CreamLiving wish you a Happy Christmas!



Christmas Wrapped Up – Part 3

The third in our series of how to have a stress free Christmas.


Once you’ve handed over as much as you can, review and prioritise your task list. People get booked up early, so get invitations to social events out first. Decide which events you will cook for and consider booking caterers for the rest. Shop for presents you’re going to post – especially those going overseas – and get them off in good time. Be organised about gift shopping. Use a list and decide if you’ll buy two presents a day in your lunch hour, or take a day off and do it in one go.

Think about what you’ll wear, but avoid clothes and present shopping on the same day. Menu plan for all your festive meals and buy wine and dry goods in advance – online and for delivery, where possible. Order fresh ingredients to be sent from local suppliers the day before you cook to avoid supermarkets at their busiest. Allow time to decorate and wrap. The more you prepare in advance, or delegate, the more you will be able to relax and enjoy the festive season itself.

Top Tips

  • Shop at recipients local websites fro overseas presents. For example, http://www.amazon.ca will gift wrap your presents for Canada and send with a card at local postal rates.
  • Shop on a Monday morning, by far the quietest time. Avoid weekends. if you can’t take a day off, use your lunch hour.
  • Stuck for present ideas? Buy time. I’ve been bored to upload all someone’s CD’s onto their iPod as a Christmas present. Buy beauty treatments, wardrobe detox, computer spring clean.
  • Even if you buy presents at the shops, get wrapping, cards and stocking fillers online so that they are all delivered to your home.
  • Consider one-stop shopping, either out of town somewhere quiet or at a good department store.




Christmas Wrapped Up – Part 2

The second in our series of how to have a stress free Christmas.


Prepare a list of tasks and delegate whatever you can to people you can trust. It’s no good asking your husband to buy for his family if you know full well that, come Christmas Eve, he still won’t have done it! Especially if it’s going to be niggling away in the back of your mind. If you decide to use a lifestyle consultant, like creamliving, be sure to give them the jobs that you don’t enjoy. If you love present shopping but detest supermarkets at Christmas, give them the food shopping list. Hand over the gift wrapping, menu planning, party invitations – anything for which you don’t have time.

A good consultant should tackle any job, no matter the size, and will understand that you have to build up trust before handing over more personal tasks, such as buying for the family. The consultant should make life easier for you without taking over: she might source the right tree and decorations, for example, leaving you and the kids to enjoy dressing  the tree together.


Christmas Wrapped Up – Part 1

Christmas is fast approaching and we have some tips to get you ready for the holiday season. Over the next few weeks we will be posting advice to get you ready without the stress so you can enjoy the festive season in style.

Allocate your time

How much time should you devote to organising Christmas? Well how longs a piece of tinsel? We all have different images of what makes a cool yule. Be clear about your vision and realistic about the time it involves. Don’t write a present list for 100 people if you haven’t got time to shop for 100 presents. If organising your ideal Christmas involves more time than you’ve got, you are more likely to end up more stressed than festive. Adjust your vision, or get some help.

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