Week Five of my journey towards a more organised Christmas! For the last six weeks of 2017 I have been writing a weekly blog post to guide you through the festive season and into 2018. This Christmas I want to be more intentional about how I spend my energies, money and time. I want to capture the true feeling of the festive season – family, friendship, and a little bit of magic – without the frenzied shopping, the stress or the endless to-do lists. If you do too, here is this week’s post!
Week Five: 18th – 24th December
A thought for this week:
Done is better than perfect: With only a week to go, things may be getting a little stressful. Everyone I meet at the moment seems to be talking about the same thing… Where did December go? How is it already one week before Christmas? I have SO MUCH TO DO!
If this sounds like you, put that to-do list down, grab a coffee and just sit still for ten minutes. Remember that Christmas is not about the on-trend decorations, or a chatty long letter to Auntie Jean along with her Christmas card. It’s not about finding the ideal gift, or cooking the fanciest party snacks… it’s not even what you look like. Christmas is about family and friends enjoying time together. It may sound corny, but Christmas really isn’t about perfectly thought out gifts around a colour-coordinated tree. It’s about the people gathered around that tree with you.
So grab that to-do list, and start to cross off the things that really don’t matter right now. What can you ditch, defer or delegate? I like to remind myself that done is better than perfect… and as long as I have my loved ones round a table, eating something together on Christmas Day, we are luckier than many millions of people in the world. And everything in addition to that is an added bonus.
Important dates this week:
Last dates for UK post Royal Mail advises that the last posting dates for the UK are as follows:
- Wednesday 20 December – Second Class
- Thursday 21 December – First Class & Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed
- Friday 22 December – Royal Mail Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed
Food shopping: Check you local supermarket and corner shop’s opening times over the Christmas period and plan out when you are going to do your shopping.
Rubbish collection: Your usual rubbish collection day is likely to be changed over the festive season. Check in your local paper, or with the council and make a note on your calendar or even set an alarm on your phone to remind you of your revised day for the next couple of weeks.
To-do this week:
- Make time for you: Whether it’s a quiet lunch with friends, a mooch around a Christmas market, or a long bath with your favourite book, make sure to take some time out for you this week. Consider it your gift to yourself!
- Stock up: With all the extra Christmas food and leftovers, it’s unlikely that you will run out of food in the few hours that the shops are closed. But you may want to consider stocking up on the essential food items and medications just in case.
- Be prepared: While you are doing your final bit of food shopping, grab extra black rubbish sacks, matches, batteries, paracetemol and sellotape. You don’t want to have to dash out again on Christmas Eve!
- Charge it! Before the big day, charge your camera, phone and iPad, ready for photos and calls. If you are gifting electronics, charge them and download any software so that they are ready straight out of the wrapping!
- Say thank you to the delivery drivers! The delivery people have a tough job at this time of year. Cold weather, hazardous driving conditions and stressed customers make an already increased workload even harder. Grab some snacks and drinks and pop them outside your front door with a thank you sign. We’ve been doing this for the last couple of years, and we love it! It’s a great way to demonstrate gratitude to little ones – and they’ll love running to the door to offer a snack each time the doorbell rings!
- Make snowflakes: I’ve always wanted to up my snowflake game, so I was delighted when I spotted this 3D snowflake tutorial on home store Dunelm’s blog.
- Plan your cooking: If you are cooking Christmas dinner, take some time this week to plan it out. Make sure you know which pans and serving dishes you will use for each dish. And plan your cooking so that you have enough room in the cooker for everything. Remember that the meat may need time to rest, giving you extra space in the oven. Your guests may also appreciate some time between courses, which is a gift to the cook! I am old-school and swear by Delia Smith’s Christmas Day cooking schedule It may seem a little regimented, but I highly recommend it as an easy guide to your most organised Christmas dinner ever!
So there you have it! Some thoughts, key dates and a short to-do list for this week. I’d love to hear how you are keeping Christmas simple this year, and any tips you’d like to share!
Check back in next week for Week 6 as we run up to 2018, and keep an eye on the More Organised Facebook and Instagram pages for some more hints and tips throughout the week. You can read last week’s post here.