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Christmas is an exciting time, but it can quickly become stressful if you’ve not planned ahead and let things get on top of you.

If you work crazy hours, travel a lot, or simply have other commitments, the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is head to the shops for Christmas items, so instead of rushing around at the last minute and making things more hectic and stressful for yourself, why not make use of these time-saving tips so that you can enjoy your time off and relax with family and friends during the festive season?

Shop as you go:

Instead of waiting until the middle of December to start your Christmas shopping, just keep an eye out for good deals throughout the year and pick up things as you see them for people you know would like them. There are many places that you can pick up good savings during the year, so whether you want to shop online at places like Cuckooland.com or you prefer to take a short trip to the shops after work, you can shop as you go and by the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll be organized with all your gifts.

Buy in bulk:

Things like alcohol can easily be bought in bulk, and because it doesn’t spoil quickly when unopened, you can buy bits and pieces during the year to add to your Christmas stockpile, and quite easily save yourself some good money in the process.

Learn to say no:

There’s always a lot going on over Christmas, so it’s likely that you’ll be invited to lots of different events and parties, but there’s only so many hours in the day, and if you’re already pushed for time, then something’s got to give. As tempting as it may be to just say yes to every invite, you have to draw a line somewhere and learn to say no to some things. You don’t have to worry about offending people, because they’re probably as busy as you are and will understand if you politely decline – that’s far better than having to make an excuse to back out at the last minute because you’ve overbooked yourself.

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Shop online:

Whether for food or gifts, shopping for pretty much anything can easily be done online, so if you do work long hours, then you can save yourself a good chunk of time and avoid long lines at the supermarket by shopping online whether for food, for some nice winter outfits for yourself, or even for gifts, shopping online will make your life much less stressful.

Go easy on the decorations:

If you don’t have a lot of time to spare, then there’s no need to add on more to your list with decorations. Have a smaller tree that doesn’t take forever to decorate, and a few well placed lights and candles to brighten up your house.

Have a break:

If you really don’t want to deal with the stress of Christmas at all and just want to take some much needed down time, then why not consider booking a trip and let things be taken care of by someone else? Depending on what you’re after, you could go for a more festive break, such as a chalet in the Swiss alps, or you could head to the sun to top up your tan while everyone back home enjoys the snow and rain.

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