Christmas, although exciting and warm and nostalgic, demands quite a lot of us. Christmas adverts on the telly and the thrum of German markets almost emotionally blackmail us – there’s all this love in the air, so why aren’t we excited?
It takes a great deal of energy to be consistently enthusiastic, and most of us can’t maintain it for 4 – 6 weeks, especially considering that for some people, Christmas highlights not what they have, but perhaps what they’ve lost.
It’s absolutely okay to not feel like Santa’s jolliest elf throughout December, however, if you’re keen to get involved, there are a few things you can do to bring a little pixie dust this month!
1. Don’t leave yourself short.
It’s really upsetting to know how many people leave themselves in a financial hole over Christmas. The money you spend has no correlation with how much you love your family, or how much fun you’ll have.
Making mince pies is a lovely festive pastime, but buying all the baking gear can be expensive. Shop-bought ones warmed in the oven will be just as delicious!
Handmade gifts are often cheaper to make, but sometimes only cheaper than their shop-bought alternative. Do your sums before you start spending, and don’t feel guilty when you have to say “Nope!”
2. Do something nice for someone else
Christmas brings out the best in people, and there’s no better time of year to be generous. Bringing Christmas cheer to another person will make you forget about all the fluff and remind you what’s important.
Want to do something kind but stuck for ideas? Check out our recent blog on giving back!
3. Create your own tradition
Dreading the thought of church services on cold pews? Would you prefer to sleep in later on Christmas Day? Nothing will dampen your excitement more than dwelling on all the things you absolutely don’t want to do during your precious time off.
Don’t do anything you don’t want to, just for the sake of tradition. What’s the point if it’s making you unhappy?
Have beef with your Christmas dinner, put your Christmas tree up whatever day you like (or not at all!) and throw out all of your Christmas jumpers if you think doing that will make Christmas more enjoyable for you and your family.
4. Don’t be a martyr
You may be a figure of yuletide joy among your loved ones, but are you overdoing it? It’s great if you generally enjoy the planning and preparing, but there is absolutely no reason why you should be doing all of the work.
The key here is to delegate. You must communicate when you’re feeling overwhelmed, because loved ones may leave you to it if they think you are enjoying it all like usual.
If your seasonal mojo is off because you’re just too stressed, ask for help.
5. Life goes on
Normal life doesn’t come to a halt just because we’re hearing White Christmas on a loop on every radio station. We still have to work, do the washing up and make sure the kids are getting their homework done.
Accept that you’re not going to have time to do all the quaint Christmas activities you see in every Hallmark movie. Write the ultimate wish list for December adventures, and circle the top three you’re most keen to do. Anything extra? Consider it a bonus!
Don’t worry yourself thinking that a lack of anticipation leading up to the main event will mean that Christmas will be naff. We hope that you start hearing sleigh bells soon, but we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic time either way!
"We have found their services very professional and the cleaning is to a high standard.
The Client Account Manager is always on hand to manage the cleaners wherever needed and also to ensure holiday and sickness is always covered.
We are pleased with the services offered and glad we appointed them."
"Cleaner Care have been doing the changeover cleans and deep cleans at our holiday cottage since 2017.
They are totally reliable and easy to work with. We have never had any complaints about the cleanliness of the cottage from guests.
The cleaning Team always leave the cottage looking beautiful and welcoming.
Cleaner Care have also arranged carpet cleans and the occasional odd job for us as we live away from the cottage and are not there to organise them ourselves."
"Cleaner Care have provided the School with a high quality cleaning service for many years. They are always on hand to help with School functions and events and provide a reliable and professional support function.
But much more than that...they are always extremely happy and willing to go that extra mile in caring for our staff and pupil's needs; they are part of the team."
We’ve been using Cleaner Care for a number of years and it’s the best cleaning service we’ve used. The staff are lovely and friendly and our house always looks amazing after a clean.
Thank you for a great service which gives us time to enjoy the things we enjoy doing!"
"Cleaner Care Ltd have cleaned several of our premises for a number of years.
We have always found them to be reliable and helpful - always responding positively when asked to undertake extra work or attend to an emergency situation."
"Just to say a big thank you to all the staff who worked here over March. This was one of our busiest times ever with the various shows and large scale events. Your staff were professional and helpful and we could not have managed without them, they did an excellent job, sometimes under extreme circumstances."
"As a result of Covid-19 I had a property that became vacant suddenly and left in a poor state of cleanliness.
I contacted Cleaner Care who were really efficient in responding to my request, I was really impressed with their level of attention to detail and high standards.
In light of pandemic, Denise was able to organise a team who were from the same household to protect her workforce and myself.
The property was cleaned to an immaculate standard and it was also really helpful to have Cleaner Care organise a carpet cleaner too, saving me significant time.
I would absolutely recommend Cleaner Care to anyone who wants a reliable, high standard of cleaning for Domestic or Commercial purposes."