Stress free Christmas? It can be

starry-christmas-tree-gold-2400pxChristmas.  Are we all looking forward to it?  Yes, I just used the ‘C’ word.  For some people, Christmas can be a dirty word; the stress and worry can be too much for some people, leaving them too tired to enjoy the festive period.  Below are a few of my tips for reducing stress during this time:

  1. Plan ahead – I know this sounds obvious, but plan everything; even the smallest things.  Write a list for all of your jobs and tick them off once you have done them.
  2. Make ahead and freeze – If you like to make your own mince pies, sausage rolls etc, there is no shame in making them in October and freezing them.  Just make sure everything is fully defrosted before you cook them.
  3. Prep ahead – Prep all your veg and potatoes a few days ahead of the big day.  I even stuff the chicken (we don’t have turkey) and make the pigs in blankets the day before.  This way, all you have to do is cook it.
  4. Use ready prepared – There is no shame in this.  If cooking stresses you out, then why not use ready prepared veg, stuffing balls, pigs in blankets, even sauces.  Don’t add to the stress any more than you have to.  You could even hire your own Personal Chef to help with all the prep work!

However you cope with the festive time, try not to stress too much.  Just remember that you also have to enjoy the fruits of your loabour as well as everyone else.  If you can’t handle the stress because of the food prep, just remember that there is always some else that can lend a helping hand.

If you have any handy tips that you would like to share, please add them in the comments below

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