christmas

Nov 20, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – Gift Wrapping

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The size of families varies and the number of gifts we buy varies as well. This may be a great tip for you or it may just be a little bit over the top. If it is, apologies; however, our organising community is varied, so it is important to help and support everyone. I have a friend who likes to wrap all her presents Christmas Eve so this may not apply to you at all. I prefer to get my sleep Christmas Eve, so I like to have my gifts wrapped early. I have created what I refer to as a “gift wrapping zone” in our house. It is all set up and ready this time of year with sticky tape, wrapping paper, bags, ribbons, pens and gift cards. Having the gift...
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Nov 13, 2013

Christmas Planning – Christmas Menu

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas. This week it is all about the Christmas Menu.

  • Design your Christmas menu
  • Write out your shopping list
  • Start purchasing non-perishable items now
  • Being organised this way means that you can ask others to bring food and dishes to the celebrations
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Nov 13, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – Menu Planning

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This week, it is time to finalise the Christmas menu or menus. That depends on how many Christmas functions you have to hold or attend. Designing the Menu Designing the menu provides you the opportunity to actually give someone an item or items to bring along when they ask “What can I bring?” When people offer, they are genuine about helping and it is important to allow them to feel that they are contributing to the day. I do this all the time. We have dinner parties with friends a number of times a year and we all bring something which makes it so much easier for the person who is holding the event. Someone brings entrée, another one brings salad’s, someone else a fruit platter and someone else chocolates. Easy to...
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Nov 6, 2013

Christmas Planning – November Tips

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas.

  • Order the ham and turkey
  • Christmas cards are you still writing them
  • Christmas schedule – is that still okay and not too overloaded
  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas lights
  • Think about holiday sale items that you may want to purchase in the sales
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Nov 6, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – November is Here

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November is here. We are approaching the end of the year and as we know Christmas is just around the corner. Deadlines What is amazing is, at this time of year, we start to put deadlines on ourselves. For some reason, many tasks, projects and plans have to be completed by the end of the year. These deadlines can create an increase in stress and tension that can leave us exhausted before we even get to the end of the year. Take a moment to think about what your true deadlines are. That can bring things back into perspective for some people, not everyone of course. Are there any of these goals that you want to complete by Christmas that you could perhaps move the completion date to mid-January? If so, then...
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Oct 30, 2013

Christmas Planning – Family and Friends

Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas.

  • Book in babysitters for the Christmas season early
  • Be mindful of the family and friends around you this festive season
  • Is anyone alone that you could spend time with
  • Be flexible and understanding this time of year
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Oct 30, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – Christmas Day

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It is time to think about Christmas catch up with the family. There are so many versions of “family” in this modern era that Christmas Day can involve more co-ordination than a military mission. So take time now to get the conversation started about where Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner will be held. Who will be there? What to bring? How does that work in with everyone’s extended family? Then of course Christmas planning has to consider some family issues (or problems) like Uncle George’s drinking problem. Maybe have a brunch rather than a dinner where fresh juice and tea and coffee and the drinks on the menu. If one of your relatives is negative, perhaps this year give everyone a card that has a conversation starter on it. Making sure...
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Oct 23, 2013

Christmas Planning – Clutter Free Gifts

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas.

This week our focus is on Clutter-Free Gifts.

We have a habit of giving physical gifts that can be touched. However, it is time to think differently. Let’s buy experiences and memories rather than clutter. Ideas can include taking people out, for example, to a beautiful restaurant that they would never take themselves to. Take kids out for the day with their cousins. It isn’t about the costs, it is about the experience.

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Oct 23, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – Clutter-Free Shopping

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I am big on reducing clutter as many of my newsletter community would be aware of. It seems that we are drowning in clutter. Our children have too many toys, we have too many things. Did you know that we live in bigger houses with less people and we are still overflowing? I mentioned about clutter-free shopping a couple of weeks ago. I would love it if we could focus on giving memories and experiences rather than clutter this Christmas. The thing about always giving tactile (or physical) gifts is that we have to store them. Many attendees at my “DeClutter and Take Back Control” Workshops talk about how they can’t get rid of (insert item here) because it was a gift. I honestly believe that when we give a gift, we...
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Oct 16, 2013

Christmas Planning – Christmas Cards

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas.

This week, our focus is on Christmas Cards.

Will you be sending cards this Christmas? If so, now is the time to think about what type of cards – handmade, shop-purchased, charity.

  • Make a list of everyone you will be sending cards to
  • Get their addresses
  • Break the task down and just write a few cards a day

 

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