It’s that time of year again. Break out the red hats and fuzzy pajamas; it’s Christmas time! We all love Christmas: it’s a special time of year that we get to spend with our loved ones. We finally get to see some whom we miss the most. Regardless of whether we are planning a small gathering or a huge turnout, we want to spend as much good, quality time enjoying those around us as possible. Here are 7 common mistakes to avoid this Christmas season:
1. Leaving someone out.
Don’t forget gifts for everybody. Everyone receiving a gift this Christmas except one has the potential in not only creating unnecessary awkwardness, it can hurt. If possible, keep something as a backup present. Although a backup present may not be the real thing, whoever shows up on Christmas made some effort to spend the holidays with you. A backup present helps to avoid problems and spread the joy of Christmas.
2. Forgetting to invite.
Oops! Don’t make the mistake of realizing last minute that you forgot to invite your sister. Communicate with others early to ensure everyone is on the same page. This way arrangements can be made for any problems that may arise.
3. Having weak decorations.
Nothing can spoil the mood like pulling up to a house with a yard that says it’s some ordinary day. Don’t forget the decorations! It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without unique patterns of Christmas lights, extraordinary wreaths, and a glorious tree to boot. While the lawn blow-up Santas everywhere may be over-rated, decorations help put everyone in a warm-hearted, jolly mood for the holiday.
4. Not going all out on food.
Food is vital. While some families are more traditional than others, some things run common. Good food and a full belly are the expected outcome when Christmas (Christmas Eve for some) dinner comes around. Plan for how many you are expecting to come and prepare accordingly.
5. Forgetting the dessert.
This tip goes along with number 4. Dessert is also vital. Who can imagine Christmas without properly themed cookies, fantastic pies, and other favorites?
6. Not shopping early enough.
Getting stuck in lines and traffic is not fun. Remember to shop early: the earlier, the better. As days come and go, both traffic on roads and lines in stores will continue to get longer and harder to maneuver.
7. The mess of a real tree.
It’s a good idea in theory: real trees are unique and give a more “real” feeling. The reality is having to water a tree while needles fall off for a month. Save yourself a headache and buy a pseudo-tree. They are relatively cheap nowadays and reusable for many years down the road when stored properly.
If we were to sum these steps up, it would be this: Don’t forget to prepare. Planning and preparing in advance helps avoid common mistakes that can cause a wide range of effects in severity and consequence. If there’s one thing to remember, it’s this: Preparation is the key to success; success not only in being superhuman on the holidays but success with most things life happens to throw our way.
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Enjoy the extra time with your loved ones. Have a happy holiday and a merry Christmas!