5 Tips to Survive Christmas

December 12, 2016

So Christmas can be a little over whelming yes? With all this pressure by the media to make it perfect, it’s a wonder why any of us bother with it anymore! So here are some my tips to survive Christmas.

Steps To Survive Christmas 2016

#1- Lists

I am a filofax lover. I have to do list pages in mine and I swear by them. Having a list of cards to send and presents to buy will make the Christmas shopping experience less over whelming. It’ll also stop you from going mad when shopping if you have your ideas already sorted.

Ways To Survive Christmas

#2- Make time to feel festive

There was an interesting article in The Pool last week about grown ups and the loss of Christmas spirit. I felt this article kinda rang true with me too. I definitely agree we have to make time to embrace our Christmas traditions or make new ones. I love baking over Christmas so making my Brioche Treacle Tart as a Christmas treat got me in the spirit. As well as watching Christmas films and writing cards with Mr W.

Tips For Christmas Survival

#3- Christmas snacks

As I stressed in a recent postChristmas snacking is very important. Whilst wrapping pressies and writing cards the other evening I enjoyed nibbling on some biscuits by Bahlsen. The mixed gingerbread biscuits were by far my favourite. Mr W was a fiend and ate loads too!

5 Tips To Survive Christmas

#4- Take your time

It can feel a bit much having lots of presents to wrap and cards to write. I break my piles down into manageable tasks, which also keeps the Christmas spirit going. I watch different Christmas films with each pile of things to get through. It’s great to take time over wrapping and writing, I find it far less stressful spreading the task over a couple of evenings in December instead of last minute.

Make Lists This Christmas

#5- Make plans with friends

For some of us it can be quite easy to get stuck in the family celebrations. Now I know there’s nothing wrong with that. But make sure you’re making plans you want to do. Mr W and I have a lot of family to get through over Christmas, but we have made some concrete plans with friends and it’s quite exciting.

I hope my tips help you with Christmas survival. What are your tips to survive Christmas? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Elizabeth Cole December 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I love the lists idea and the taking time out – both great tips.

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you, glad you found the post useful 🙂

  • Reply LilyLipstick December 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Fellow Filofax lover here – my friends always laugh at me when I get it out to write something in but I really don’t think I could live without it!

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Same! I couldn’t live without mine either!

  • Reply Emily Hughes December 12, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Making lists is a great way to stay organised! Thanks for the advice x

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the tips 🙂

  • Reply Holly December 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I’m a big fan of lists too. I’ve got one for presents, one for cards, one for what to pack when I go home for Christmas and one for blog stuff that needs to be done before I go home!

    I’ve been enjoying baking Christmasy treats this month which has been helping me to get into the festive spirit and it takes my mind of shopping!

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Yup this is me too! Lists for everything. I need to bake more festive treats, I have some Christmassy cake cases now 🙂

  • Reply Oliver December 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I love the sound of Christmas snacks… it’s the only time of the year where snacking is not frowned upon lol Some great tips! I’m lucky I don’t have too many people to shop for (which may sound depressing but it’s only because I don’t traditionally celebrate Christmas) so it really isn’t that stressful for me!

    Oliver x

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Snacking is the most important thing – haha! Lucky for some, although I’m pretty much almost all done with mine now 🙂 Just need to wrap…..

  • Reply Nayna Kanabar December 12, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Its surprising how stressful Christmas can be despite the fact that its a holiday and we should all be relaxing and enjoying it. Your tips are great.

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Definitely 🙂 I’m hoping now I’m a bit more sorted I can just get on with enjoying it!

  • Reply Jenny December 12, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I love making lists too, in fact I swear by them at this time of year!

    • Reply MissPond December 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Lists are a life saver! I couldn’t cope without.

  • Reply Liz December 12, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I really need to invest in a new organiser for next year! You have a great method for staying on top of things, I’ve picked up some great tips from you. Merry Christmas xx

    • Reply MissPond December 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks- glad you like my post! Merry Christmas to you too 🙂

  • Reply Hairwonderfulday December 12, 2016 at 7:50 am

    When it comes to Xmas and gift shopping I am so grateful for online shopping! It certainly helps me! xx

    • Reply MissPond December 13, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      I do like online shopping, but sometimes wandering around the shops brings some festive spirit 🙂

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