Love it or hate it Christmas can be quite a challenge for us all both physically and emotionally, and this year has really upped the ante, so here are a few things to consider to help you survive the experience and remember just because you can invite guests doesn’t mean that you should, especially if you are concerned about their covid risk:
Get organised: Barring those who put their Decorations up early November, most of us have left our preparations later than usual this time round, so paring it back is the way to go. If like me you are not keen on facing the shops, especially this year, then buying on-line is a great relief, in just one lunch break you could have it all sewn up. So don’t ignore it, plan ahead now and make life easier for yourself.
Split your tasks: my least favourite Christmas ‘chore’ is writing all those cards. If you just keep on going eventually you are functioning on autopilot and in danger of writer’s cramp, a serious pain in the neck and of forgetting your own name. It’s best to take on small batches at a time and consider whether you really need to send so many? Could you text or PM your younger recipients? Do you really need to contact all those people you haven’t heard from in years?
Consider your posture: do you sit on the floor to wrap your presents then need to be hauled up unceremoniously? Do you struggle to lift that turkey out of the oven? Do you slump and slouch on the sofa for the holidays only to find your joints have seized up? Sitting at a table to wrap presents is by far the best option and stretch breaks are highly recommended, unless you go the gift bag route or decide to send money by electronic transfer and do get help with lifting that turkey, if you can, for the sake of your back and the stomachs of your guests.
Eat mindfully: the average person eats an incredible 6000 calories on Christmas Day. Now I am not here to curb your fun but if you just have a bit less of everything and pay attention to those textures and flavours you will probably enjoy it all far more and have less of a battle to get back into your pre-lockdown jeans come January.
But in case all that fails then please be aware that we are available until the 23rd December then we are open on Tuesday the 29th of December & Wednesday the 30th plus we are back in from Monday the 4th of January.
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