ow do you feel about Christmas? Do you really look forward to it? Or is it a bit stressful for you?
I honestly love Christmas and I have two big families (my mum’s and dad’s) and one little family (Mr Smaggle’s) that I see varying combinations of every year so it’s always lovely. The only thing that’s stressful is the travel. We live quite far away from everyone so there’s always a lot of car trips, airport visits and sleeping on mattresses on floors. Which is all fine but it always feels quite busy and stressful. These are a few things I like to keep in mind around Christmas time so I don’t totally lose my shit.
1. Make sensible food choices whenever you can and make exercise a priority
Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you have to eat from the moment you wake to the moment you go to sleep every day from December to January. Any time you CAN make a good food choice, do it. There will plenty of times when you don’t have any choice but to eat a delicious lasagne so own it and love it but if you can order salad, do it. I also always take my runners with me every where I go so I can do at home work outs or at least go for a walk up a hill. Too much food and booze always makes me feel yucky and nice big walk is the perfect cure.
2. Keep it simple stupid
Don’t try to to do anything complicated. Simple presents, simple food, simple outfits, simple planning. Unless you really, really love cooking don’t try and make a crazy rainbow layer cake for Christmas day. Someone needs to bring chips, dip, ready made snacks and paper cups. If you’re traveling – be that person. Don’t try to transport complicated things on Christmas day. As for gifts – L’occitane hand cream for the ladies and Happy Socks for dudes. Done. Useful, adorable and readily available. Tip – most dudes also like hand cream and ladies also like socks.
3. Take time to enjoy yourself
Don’t over book yourself and don’t feel like you have to spend all day with your families. Mr Smaggle and I have left Christmas ‘early’ the last few years to grab a cheap and cheerful dinner by ourselves on Christmas evening and it’s been bliss. We don’t feel guilty – its our own little Christmas celebration and after days of being surrounded by other people (both of my families are very big and loud!), we’re pretty keen to chill out and be quiet in our own little world.
Do you have any amazing Christmas tips to share? How do you survive the silly season?
P.S Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?