Tis’ the Season to be Merry! – Part 1
As the Merry Season is upon us, I have written a three part blog post with my tips and tricks to enjoy this Christmas to the Max!
I personally love everything about Christmas but I also know that Christmas can be a tough time for many people.
So whether you like Christmas or not, I’m sure you’ll find at least one tip here to get you in the swing of things!
What’s it all about?
To me, Christmas is what you make it. What you put into it you get out. Yes it has its materialistic side but don’t lose sight of what it’s really all about.
It is a time of generosity and celebration. It is a time to gather around and spend quality moments with your family and friends. It is a time to reconnect and reminisce about the year gone by and the years before that.
The build up
The build up is one of the best parts about Christmas. It is exciting and once everybody gets over the “Jesus I can’t believe their playing Christmas songs already” phase, Seasonal Cheer begins to take over.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!
Part 1 is all about the lists and preparation. Make a whole load of Christmas lists. Santa and the kids make them, why shouldn’t we?? Lists are my lifesavers, I make them every day and they keep my life organised!
- Make a list of presents you’re going to buy, who you’re going to buy them for and where you’re going to buy them. It would probably be no bad idea to stick a rough estimate of price next to each item as this will help you stick to your budget. Get your Christmas shopping out of the way as early as possible. If you’re like me and you’re not a big fan of the crowds, get in there EARLY and grab all the bits you need. Early being the opportune word. Wherever you’re going, head in as early in the morning as possible and miss the rush of shoppers grappling with shopping bags and whacking people’s legs with totem poles of wrapping paper. And don’t forget to treat yo’self!
- Make a list of what you will need for the big day and beyond. Food, decorations, treats and games! I am partial to an oul’ twist around the Monopoly board myself! But what I really would like to try is those “Cards against humanity” that I have heard loads of people rave about.
- Entertainment – This is my favourite! Not quite a list but preparation never the less! Buy yourself an RTE Guide and grab a biro/highlighter. Underline/highlight everything you would love to watch on TV on the big days – Christmas day, Steven’s Day, and New Years Day etc. Never fails to ignite that Christmas spirit in me!
- Make a list of Christmassy things to do – here’s a few suggestions if you’re stuck!
Decorate your house and buy a real Christmas tree, there’s something so lovely about walking in the front door every evening and smelling the fresh pine smell.
Write Christmas cards and send them to your friends, I love getting Christmas cards in the post.
Wrap presents (I’m a wrapping freak and I have no shame in admitting it!)
Catch up with friends for a Christmas lunch.
Go to a carol singing service.
12 pubs of Christmas – Grab your best Christmassy jumper, text a gang of friends, print the funny rules off the internet and find a place that has at least 12 pubs all within walking distance of each other (shouldn’t be too hard in Ireland). And it is okay to cheat, have the odd glass of water here and there you know, especially if you want to keep it Merry and not paralytic!
Go to see a Christmas movie in the cinema.
For anybody living in Cork – go to GLOW. Take a ride on the big-wheel, grab some grub or some quirky Christmassy things at the Christmas markets. Try your hand at ice-skating in Mahon Point. Go take a walk around The Lough in the evening and admire The Crib. If you’re in a very giving mood and you have some time to spare, go collecting for S.H.A.R.E or volunteer with any charity, I’m sure they would be thrilled with the extra help this time of year!
Let me know how you get on! Tweet, Snap (sarahccoach) or Facebook me, I would love to hear from you!
Merry Christmas and thank you for reading,