In a week’s time I may just have started my Christmas shopping!
I tend to leave it to the last minute. Perhaps I like to live precariously, perhaps I’m not that concerned with whether I have parsnips or not, but I like to take a laid back approach to Christmas.
I was in Marks & Spencer in Wokingham on Wednesday picking up our campers Christmas gifts and could feel the stressed and anxious energy around me in the store. Not just from customers but from staff too, and I just wanted to say to them, ‘slow down, take a breath, this will end’ in the hope that they’d realise it’s all self fulfilling and temporary.
Anyway, this week after asking some of my campers what they’d like help with, I thought I’d give you 10 tips to an easy Christmas. Whether it’s right for you is up to you to decide. Who’s to say what’s right or wrong? Certainly not me, but this is what I do to keep relaxed about it all and not worry about the effects of the festivities.
I’ve also attached our Christmas timetable and given you a Warming Apple Punch recipe.
- I decide how long I want my ‘Christmas’ to last. Sometime it’s from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, sometimes it’s just the 25th. Making this decision allows me to plan my meals and shopping list.
- I plan the meals so I know roughly want I want over these few special days.
- I go shopping on Christmas Eve afternoon! I know this will cause a whole load of consternation, especially if you have a young family — but as I said, it works for me! It’s usually fairly quiet, there’s almost always everything you need still and when there is less to chose from it’s easier to shop. Less choice = fewer decisions.
- I buy what we need, not what I want or fancy (remember the shops will be open on Boxing Day anyway — so no ‘just in case’ purchases necessary) I don’t buy boxes of chocolates or tins of biscuits or family sized packets of savoury crackers. Just what I may buy ordinarily. I am not a saint, if it’s in the house I’ll eat it. If I eat it I’ll put on wodge. If I put on wodge I’ll feel crappy. So I don’t buy them. Don’t play with willpower it tends to end badly.
- I decide where we want our Christmas treats to be. Wine? Cheese? Mince pies? Cream? And I buy enough for us for the time we’ve decided we’re celebrating for.
- I avoid buying 2 for the price of 1 items on things I don’t want, didn’t want and fit in point 4. That’s bad news in our house.
- Keep up lots of veggies and salads.
- Get out for a walk on Christmas Day when I feel most podged and tired.
- I use my leftovers in meals for the rest of the week or freeze.
- I enjoy it. This is not a time for guilt and shoulds and should nots. If you want Nutella on toast for breakfast for Christmas Day — have it and enjoy it. If you want a box of Roses before lunch, enjoy it. If you want Christmas pudding and a mince pie with custard and ice cream all in one bowl (a Strickland-Clark tradition I was shocked with when I first met Dale!) then DO IT and enjoy it and move on. If you’re going to feel guilty or resentful don’t do it, why would you want to make yourself feel like that?
- Bonus tip: For those of you who don’t like mulled wine — here’s a little warming recipe for you. Click the cinnamon sticks picture to be taken to a Warming Apple Punch recipe.
These 10 points may or may not work for you and so however you plan for Christmas I hope you’re relaxed and calm and prepared as you need to be for a very happy one.
Now I said I’d give you access to our Christmas / New Year timetable — and the reason for this is that from Christmas Eve to New Years Day Bank Holiday 2 January all our sessions will be available to anyone, regardless if you are a camper or not. So if you come to any of those sessions it’s £7 a go and you can have up to a week of Fit Camp with me in Winnersh as a way to keep your activity up right through the holidays.
Address: Bearwood Recreation Ground | Mole Road | Winnersh RG41 5DU
All you need is a mat, some water and an old pair of gloves.
It’s also still not too late to book onto our Let Us Make 2017 Our Happiest Year Yet event on Saturday 7 January. All the details are on this link –>
https://hyy2017.eventbrite.co. click it find out more and to book your place.
Have a great week!