My youngest tells me that it’s five more sleeps until Christmas 2012.
Having young people around the house is very much a good thing at this time of year, don’t you think?
Reminds you that it’s not about the panic.
It’s about the excitement. Over the small things.
Like realising I could do a whopping Dan Murphy’s Christmas Cheer order online and just roll on up and collect it tomorrow without having to stand in line at the checkout.
I know, small things.
Late this afternoon when I’ve put in a days’ work, I’ll be taking Mr 7 off to buy pressies for his brother and sister and Mr SY. Our local shopping centre will be a little crazy and even that gets me excited.
Even though people all around me are in OH MY GOD IT’S LESS THAN A WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS WHEN THE SHOPS SHUT FOR ONE DAY mode, I get a bit emotional about it all.
… don’t tell anyone but sometimes walking into a store where Michael or Mariah are busting out a carol through the speaker system is enough for me to tear up. That’s how much I love this time of year.
Anyhoo, over the past few weeks, there’s been a stack of “advice” coming through my email inbox about how to handle Christmas in 2012.
Some of it good, some of it ridiculous.
Today, in the interest of making through to the 25th and beyond, I’d share a few of the gems here.
1. Victoria O’Sullivan suggests reducing intake of pro-inflammatory foods. At first I thought she meant avoiding the foods that cause fights in the household, ie who ate the last Lindt Ball in the chocolate salad, but no, she would like us to steer clear of the Lindt Balls altogether. And while we’re at it, the mince tarts and shortbread as well. All these foods send sugar to our bloodstream, which causes our body to store fat – it also triggers a spike in insulin levels which in turn increases our appetite so we want more. Which begs the question, isn’t that what Christmas food is about? Kidding, Victoria. Kidding. Sort of.
2. Exercise & Sports Science Australia reminds us to play with our kids. Now, that I can do. Just not sure the kids are up for me doing it. See, Christmas came early this week when the lovely man from Springfree Trampoline installed the family Christmas present in the backyard. Just you wait, pelvic floor, I’m ready to test you. Yes, I am.
3. Ferrero Rocher stylist Heidi Gill has me thinking about table-scaping. Only problems being point 1, should I be scattering yummy praline chocolates around the table. But surely if I do as Heidi suggests and wind a string of LED lights between them, the beauty will far outweigh the bad … and others will reach in and help themselves. Not just me
4. Make a note to yourself to do more of your shopping the easy way next year. E-tailer Grays (including GraysOutlet, GraysOnline and GraysEscape) has revealed that in a survey of 4181 Australians, 59% have been progressively purchasing gifts throughout the year to avoid the last minute rush, with the majority (54%) preferring to browse and purchase online. Oh, and note to self should you still be gift shopping this weekend, when it comes to the type of gift Aussies prefer, the majority (83%) revealed one valuable gift was preferred rather than 100 little knick knacks (17%) they would likely never use.
5. Most relationship breakups happen two weeks before Christmas. ForgetDinner.com.au says the top reasons for festive breakups include: saving on buying a Christmas present, saving having to meet your partner’s family for the first time or having to spend the festive period with them and with more parties happening there is more of an opportunity to mingle with different people and be tempted under the mistletoe. BTW, even though this will suck if this has happened to you, you are better off without these ultimate Christmas scrooges.
6. Australians need to de-techtox. Holiday rental site Stayz.com.au surveyed 8900 Aussies and found that we struggled to resist heavy use of social media when on annual leave, often to the detriment of relationships with our travelling companions (please help Mr SY is not reading this post). Apparently, that while on holiday, 42 per cent of Australians spend 15 minutes or more on social media every day with over half (52%) checking their social profile at least once a day … and that’s a problem … because?
7. The top Christmas gift for 2012 as chosen by David Jones customers is a vacuum cleaner. Oh, ok, it’s a Dyson and yes, that would make Mr SY very happy, but seriously. A cleaning product? What say you?
So, over to you Stylers, what last-minute Christmas survival tips do you have to share? Are you ready? Are you in a panic?