From picking presents they’ll actually love to catching up with old friends over a festive coffee: 10 ways to make this the best Christmas EVER
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So this is Christmas and what have you done? Probably nothing so far, in all honesty.
But don't let the rush of the next few weeks make it go from festive fun to 'WHEN is it done?!'
From picking the perfect presents to making memories and sharing a delicious Christmas coffee with old friends, these are the top 10 tips for making this Christmas the best one EVER.
From picking the perfect presents to making memories and sharing a delicious Christmas coffee with old friends, these are the top 10 tips for making this Christmas the best one EVER
1) Prepare to wow
You know what they say, fail to prepare and prepare to fail. Well, no one is failing this Christmas!
With just days to go until the big day, make a list of everything you need to organise: how many are coming to dinner, pre-book the best day for your food shopping and create a simple-yet-chic drinks menu for your festive bash.
Before you know it, December will be here and you'll be pretty much sorted. So put your feet up and relax - 'tis the season to be lazy after all!
2) Stockpile as you go
So you're not slammed in the final countdown with a never-ending list (and costs) of things to buy, get them as you go along.
See a great deal in the supermarket? Snap it up! Spot something perfect for a work pal's Secret Santa? In the trolley it goes!
If you really want to make this Christmas go without a hitch, you could freeze some batches of food for those days you really can't be bothered cooking before and after the festive feast.
To make sure you don't go into panic mode, plan and organise your Christmas from the table plan to the decorating to pre-booking your food and drink shopping
3) Decorate and dazzle
Nothing gets you in the mood to be merry than a beautifully decorated home.
Stuff the Scrooges of the world, get that tree up as soon as you want and make it the centrepiece of the best Christmas ever.
Why not choose a theme (purple and silver or red and gold work wondrously) and use it throughout, from everything from your door wreath to your table settings.
This will not only make it memorable for you - but for everyone else who is welcomed into your home.
Beautiful decorations will make all the difference to your festivities - get some friends round!
4) Christmas catch-up over coffee
Nothing gets us excited about the build up of Christmas more than a) catching up with old friends we never seem to have the time to see and b) delicious festive-themed drinks.
Why not ditch the shops for a while and head to the nearest Costa to have a chat with your crew over a tasty coffee.
Get that warm feeling inside as you enjoy a Salted Caramel Cappuccino, a frothy delight made with a dash of salted caramel syrup, topped with shimmery salted caramel fudge crumb.
Make the perfect match with Chocolate and Salted Caramel Shimmer Cake on the side, as you get to know the latest gossip from your pals.
It really feels like the festive season when you can order Costa's Christmas drinks. One of this year's must-haves is the delightfully frothy Salted Caramel Cappuccino
Why not make the perfect match with Chocolate and Salted Caramel Shimmer Cake on the side as you get to know the latest gossip from your pals
5) Give gifts they actually want
Bored of getting the same old socks and bath bombs every year? Yeah, so is everybody else I'm afraid.
If you want your friends and family to really get into the spirit of Christmas then get them what they actually WANT.
Try making a list of what they love, take note of their favourite brands, listen out for remarks about what they'd like to do in the New Year.
It's bound to be the best Christmas ever when you've make your loved ones smile well into 2017.
Buy presents carefully to make sure you give people gifts they actually want for Christmas
6) Make the most of festive fun
Many a Grinch has moaned about Christmas coming too early, but in the mad dash of the final few weeks it's far too easy to MISS the festive fun altogether!
This year why don't you vow to really take part in the merriment; go to the outside ice rink, take the kids to visit Santa's Grotto, enjoy a sing-a-long at a pantomime and warm up with a festive hot drink.
When it's all wrapped up you'll look back and remember it actually WAS the season to be jolly!
This year why don't you vow to actually take part in the merriment; go to the outside ice rink, take the kids to visit Santa's Grotto, go and enjoy a pantomime!
7) Make your own traditions
It's so easy to go along with the same old routine you've been doing year in, year out.
So this year think outside the box and come up with small traditions that you and your friends and family can start doing annually.
Whether it's a daft card shoot or indulging in some Christmas Eve karaoke, introducing your own customs this year will make it all the more memorable.
8) Shop 'til you look drop dead gorgeous
You've bought everyone a present apart from yourself. Standard! Put your nearest and dearest out of your mind for just a few hours while you hunt down the perfect party ensemble.
If you feel fabulous at the office do or friends' Xmas bash you'll definitely remember it as the best holiday season EVER!
Put your nearest and dearest out of your mind for a few hours while you hunt down the perfect party ensemble so you feel fabulous at any party
9) Rock around the Christmas tree
Rather than slumping on the sofa full to the brim this year, why not make it action-packed?
Get up and dance after dinner, come up with new games for all the family to enjoy, make everyone get changed into fancy dress.
Who would ever be able to forget the Christmas Grandad turned up dressed as a turkey? Make it happen!
10) Be thankful
When the frenzy of gifts, eating and excitement starts to wind down, take stock of the amazing time spent with your nearest and dearest.
Sit down, write thank you cards or emails and enjoy the brilliance of having the best time ever.
When the frenzy of gifts, eating and excitement starts to wind down, take stock of the amazing time spent with your nearest and dearest
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