Christmas is a draining time of year for many. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Christmas. It’s my favourite time of year. Especially with it being Summer here in NZ. But still, there are so many things to be done at this time of year. Work is ‘over’ for another year (as is school and University). Presents need to be bought, houses need to be decorated and baking and cooking needs to be prepared.
There are a few things I do to mentally prepare for this time of year:
- I listen to Judy Garland Christmas songs. Particularly ‘Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas’.
This is particularly important as you need to get yourself into the ‘zone’. Decorating a Christmas tree? Music. Baking? Music. Present wrapping? Music. Nothing’s wrong with a little Christmas sing-a-long. Turn off that Mariah Carey please (the only time I’ve willingly sung along to that is on the 23rd of December 2014 and I was out drinking at a bar with my brother…let’s just say we deserved a round of applause for that).
2. I buy (or make sure mum buys) pretty Christmas wrapping paper.
None of that dull paper. Paper with reindeer, Santa, bows and bells on it. Keep it bright. I love wrapping things up in bright paper…it makes everything seem so much more peaceful.
3. I have a break (have a kit kat).
Ok, you know that chocolate you bought for Uncle Steve because it is his ultimate fave and it was the only box left in the shop? Help yourself. Eat up, cheer up and then carry on. I’m sure if you scavenge around the shops you’ll be able to find a replacement box.
4. I help my mum make plenty of food…double recipes if necessary.
Every year my mum makes a cheesecake for our Christmas party. It’s delicious and there’s often no leftovers unfortunately. I compel you, no I implore you..make a little extra so you can make some mini cheesecakes for you to have. There’s nothing worse than getting to the table of desserts and all of your favourite ones have already been demolished.
5. I try to get plenty of exercise.
Christmas time is bad for our waistlines and our health. Continue to exercise. Even if you feel like a beached whale after eating all of that delicious stuffing (before it’s actually Christmas day). Get up, walk around, run if necessary. Take the bike out for a spin. Pace around the kitchen. Anything to get your heart rate up. I’m serious, the more exercise you have, the better you will feel and therefore the more prepared you will be! This is a good one to mix with the Christmas music – dance, sing and get exercise at the same time!
6. I don’t leave everything to the last minute.
I start thinking of gifts a few months before Christmas. I already have Christmas gifts for most people in my family.
I also love singing this song (not sure of exact lyrics, but these fit perfectly):
Drinking lots of wine,
Let’s have fun at Christmas time.
Let loose, be footloose and fancy free.
That is most of my list.
If I think of anything else I’ll pop them on!
Have a great day/evening everyone 🙂
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