No idea what to do for Christmas? There is always a party you could go to or organize yourself or if you’re a fan of travelling, you could take a trip to relax and see new sights. Here are some ideas on what you could do.
A fancy Christmas
If you’re the one hosting a big Christmas dinner, the easiest would be to find a good caterer. Look for one ahead of time, at least a month before the party, as this is a really busy time for them and you might not find one if you wait too long. You could also hire a decorator to help you achieve the perfect look for your house. It would be a nice idea if you prepared symbolic gifts for your guests and put them on their plates.
Talking about clothes, since this is a formal dinner, you have to go with an evening dress and there is a wide range to choose from. You don’t necessarily need to go with Christmas colours, but it would be best if you avoided pastels this time. And for him, a tuxedo would do nicely, or if he’s not such a big fan, a more formal suit would also do.
If you choose to travel, here are some tips to help you keep your calm through the hustle and bustle and to make sure you don’t forget anything important:
if you can, arrive one day early at your destination so you’ll have time to unpack and get settled in;
do you usually come home from trips with extra luggage? Then make sure you pack an extra bag, so you won’t have to buy one;
if you’re taking a long trip, it would be a nice idea to keep little Christmas gifts at hand for your children to unwrap along the journey;
if possible, send your gifts ahead – post them, for example – so you won’t have to worry about carrying a lot of luggage from your home to your destination;
depending on where you’re going, you might need several types of clothes: if it’s near the mountains, don’t forget to take at least two sweaters, you never know how cold it could get, some inside and outdoor pants and something a little more formal for Christmas evening. Also pack some boots and a pair of nice formal shoes. Don’t forget your hat, mittens and scarf!
if you’re travelling overseas, make sure you have your passports with you and check if a visa is needed. Book your plane ticket and make hotel reservations ahead of time because the closer it gets to Christmas, the more expensive the offers will be.
Celebrating at home
Do you want to have a quiet Christmas at home with your family and close friends? Here are some ideas about what you could do:
first, make a list and divide it in three – guests, menu and shopping – so you won’t forget anything;
try to give people at least three weeks’ notice because otherwise they may already have plans;
whether you want to host a brunch, a cocktail party or a barbecue, food and drink are the most important part, so plan the menu ahead and make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Wine and beer will probably go well, but also prepare something nonalcoholic. Make what dishes you can ahead of time as you won’t be able to cover everything on the day of the party;
decorate the house at least two days ahead, don’t leave it among the last things to do and set up the table a day ahead;
buy gifts for your family / friends ahead of time, because not only will the stores be more crowded as Christmas approaches, but many of the best things will already be gone;
wear whatever is comfortable, from pants / skirt with a blouse and a sweater to a nice, comfy dress. If you feel better in a pair of flats instead of high heels, it’s not a problem, as this is an informal party.