It is less than two weeks until Christmas, which is scaring me slightly as I feel very unprepared in general. Even though I bought most of my Christmas presents weeks ago, I still feel there is so much to do before Christmas day. Especially when you’re the cook in the family and have 12 hungry people coming to our house to be fed. Last Christmas I had only lived in my house for just over a month, so we didn’t really own any decorations. We bought a real Christmas tree as it was always tradition when I lived at home to have a real one, but we didn’t have much else other than the tree. This year I had said to my boyfriend that I wanted us to buy lots of decorations so the house would be more festive and for us to put more effort in. I think there is such a big build up to Christmas day and everyone panics about everything that needs to be done and it seems that once the day comes it is kind of a relief.
Well this week I’ve been on a mission to create the Santa’s grotto type ambiance throughout our home and I’m hoping that now I’m finished it has been achieved. The first task was, of course, the tree. I wanted to get the biggest I could to fit in the space so I went for 7.5ft from a farm near to where we live. I must say, the car journey home with half of a forest in your face wasn’t the easiest. I had lights already from last year so that was one less thing to buy. When buying lights, you do need to make sure that you check you have enough for the height of the tree you own. I seemed to have a string of lights long enough to light up the whole house.
When it comes to decorating the tree, in my opinion less is more. I’m not a fan of the whole mismatched, tinsel and multicoloured bauble and lights situation that some people have going on. I know it’s your own opinion and that is fine, but for me I like to have a colour scheme and stick to just baubles and lights. I have a silver and blush theme going on right now which is quite subtle and matches well in my living room. Blue, red, orange, green lights on the tree aren’t my biggest fans either, especially when they’re on a super-fast setting and are flashing like crazy. Festive Lights have a great guide for having your christmas run smoothly and the perfect DIY ideas for your decorations.
For me, one of the worst parts about Christmas prep is the wrapping. I’ve had everyone’s presents tucked away in a drawer for a few weeks now and I just cannot bring myself to wrap them. I know it isn’t a terrible thing but the thought of doing it just stresses me out. Last year I was terrible and didn’t even wrap anyone’s presents which I did feel bad about so I’m definitely won’t be doing that this year. I need to just stop putting it off and get it done and get the presents looking beautiful and under my tree ready for my guests.
Last year we hosted Christmas lunch at our house and we were so excited to have everyone round as we hadn’t long moved into our first house. This year we have the job again for the whole family and I’m hoping it goes as well as last year. I think the key is to prep everything the night before in order to have a stress free morning. My least favourite part is the peeling and chopping, even though that is the majority of the work. Those jobs get given to my boyfriend and then I take over from there and make everything come together and taste, I hope, beautiful. Christmas lunch can be a very stressful time if you are not organised and the worst thing is if people keep coming in the kitchen if you need help. I’m happy for all of the family to sit in the living room, enjoying their drinks and just leave me to it. Your table will be looking gorgeous and festive already as this should be done at least the day before so all you need to focus on is the food and not burning it.
What tips do you have for a smooth running christmas? X