I know we all want the ‘perfect’ Christmas – the elusive nirvana of a huge gathering of happy relatives where nothing ever goes wrong… Everyone adores their presents, they praise the lightness of my gently warmed mince pies, the mulled wine is irresistible and yes, nobody gets too tipsy…
I could go on – my cards are all beautifully made and not one person forgotten, the presents are wrapped as if by a professional and my hair and make up are flawless as can be seen in all the rose-tinted photographs of the event…
OK back to reality! I will overheat the mince pies and only the dog will appreciate them, my naturally inclined to frizz hair will do just that as jets of steam shoot out of the oven as I check the turkey – and I just know I will forget a present or a card!
So why not join me in some clever forward planning this year – and let’s catch all those little ‘fails’ before they happen.
1. I will have a stock of Christmas cards sitting in the letter rack ready to be addressed and sent when the inevitable “Oh no, I forgot them!” card arrives through the door!
2. Buy something small but lovely for a male and a female gift, so that if someone arrives unannounced you have something that might work – if not – have them yourself as a treat after Christmas!
3. Use a portable kitchen timer – I have one that you hang round your neck – then you can’t get chatting with someone in the sitting room while the mince pies harden to stone in the oven!
4. Frizzy hair – well any of you that struggle with frizz will have your own best cures – but mine is strong hairspray – apply way more hairspray than you are used to using and then the oven can try and do its worst and there’s a good chance you will survive!
5. Try and remember that nobody has a picture perfect family or Christmas and if yours brings happiness and is pretty OK – then you have worked your own little bit of Christmas magic!
If you have any ‘top tips’ to help us all get through the festive period – please share!