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Life as a Mummy is full on at the best of times but with Christmas prep starting earlier every year, it is no wonder the build up to Christmas can feel such an overwhelming time for us  mummies!

I haven’t nailed it by any stretch but I have discovered a few ways that have made things a little easier for me at this time of year so I thought I would share…

I hate to break this to you but if you want to stay on top of everything, start early, and start with a plan.  I have a little notebook dedicated to Christmas and in it I list everyone I need to buy for, their budget and I tick off when I have bought it and when I have wrapped it.  If, like me, you end up buying presents for your children on behalf of family members (my Mum and brother are visiting from Ireland), it can also be a good idea to note the wrapping paper you have used so you know which presents belong to who – I have already had to unwrap a few!).  I also note who I want to send cards to, a food shopping list and an elf on the shelf plan for December.

I also wrap presents as I buy them which really helps as, for too many years, I have left it all to Christmas Eve which hasn’t been very enjoyable!  I tend to wait until I have a number of things piled up in the wardrobe and then spend an hour doing it when the little ones are out of the house or napping.

If you are buying for people that you aren’t likely to see before Christmas, I use my Amazon Prime membership to purchase their gifts and then deliver them for free with a short gift message (ensure you tick that it’s a gift so they don’t receive an invoice).

I can guarantee that I will still end up in Sainsbury’s on Christmas Eve buying last minute bits (usually gift bottle bags or I have decided it looks like someone hasn’t got enough so they need another little something!) but I can cope with that as long as I am not spending the festive period stressing and panicking.  When it does get too much and you start feeling a bit overwhelmed, take things back to basics….drink plenty of water, get a few early nights, a warm bath with a good book and lots of fresh air.  After all, you don’t want to be poorly for Christmas due to being run down.

I love Christmas and really want to enjoy December as much as I can with my family, which is why I am getting organised now.  A bit of time well spent now will mean that by the time December comes, you can chill out with  a glass of mulled wine and Love Actually!

If you want an easy gift for someone, why not bring the little ones round for a Christmas Mini Session on Saturday 24th November – have the images made into Christmas cards, prints, photo gifts or calendars for your loved ones. Limited availability left.

Book your mini session here

Jan xx

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