Top tips for a very Merry Christmas from Baby Genie

December 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Daily Life | 8 Comments

Last year we hosted Christmas for the first time – nine of us in total and I loved every second of it.  I’m gutted I’ve got to wait until 2013 to have my turn again!

Having seen the Christmas lights up on our street today, I’m feeling especially festive (and have time to kill because husband is stuck on the platform at Reading train station), so here are my top tips for a very Merry Christmas.

– Do your Christmas shopping online.  Use the gifts app on the iPhone to keep track of your purchases and visit shops including Kiddiebase, Pop Kid and Little Bou for gorgeous gifts for children.  Make a budget and stick to it.  Don’t ‘just’ buy Aunt Maud those slippers as well as the smellies set.

– Prep your veg the night before.  You can have Christmas drinks at the same time, get the family roped in.  Just don’t forget that your lovely neighbours invited you round for a glass of fizz and turn up at 11.45pm.

– Take time over your table settings.  You don’t need to spend a lot – a little trip to Hobby Craft for some glitter and sprinkles, and a few fronds from the Christmas tree – Bob’s your uncle.  It’s the finishing touches that count.

– Don’t rush through present opening.  It takes away all of the magic.  If you have children of any age, let them open a present and (shock horror) actually play with it.  If they don’t open everything, save some for Boxing Day and the days after.  Still sit around the tree though.

– Follow the recipes.  However much of a dab hand you are in the kitchen have a schedule, write it out and pin it up.  Follow it to the T – however many bubbles you’ve had to get into the festive spirit.  Try not to take your eyebrows off basting the turkey.  And if you want giblets for the gravy, make sure your butcher has put them in for you – don’t wait until Christmas morning to check.

– Enjoy.  If you’re hosting it doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of the action.  If you follow your timings  (army style yes) then you don’t need to miss out on anything.

– Take pictures but don’t get stuck behind the camera.  Catch some present opening and cracker pulling moments but leave it at that otherwise you don’t actually see or enjoy any of it.

And Merry Merry Christmas!!! ‘Tis the season – enjoy every minute, it only comes around but once a year!



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  1. Great tips. We’re going to set up our Flip on a tripod and leave it running while the presents are opened so no one gets stuck behind the camera x

    • That’s such a good idea, will see if my little tripod fits our Kodak Play video camera!

  2. What great tips. Our christmas day is always so rushed trying to get to Robert’s parents and back for my mum coming over. Not to mention Lucas’s birthday the day before. This sounds so calm. x

    • Am impressed I made it sound calm – organised yes, calm maybe after a few glasses of champagne!

  3. Great tips, I hate that everyone gets so stressed about Christmas, it’s a lovely time if you do it right!

    • Me too, give everyone a role and it’s such fun!

  4. IS THAT YOUR HOUSE IN THE PICTURE???? If so, I am giving up and picking another holiday. Very good ideas and thank you for being my 100th linky in my Countdown to Christmas! Weeee! 🙂 mwah xx


    • Yes this is my winter home – an expansive log cabin in a beautiful woodland setting. You can see the reindeer that live outside in my most recent post…
      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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