Goodness me, Christmas really does seem to get earlier each year!

Supermarkets seem to have forgotten about ‘seasonal promotions’, with Christmas stock hitting the shelves long before any Halloween treats make an appearance. Can anyone beat my ‘first spot of the season’ with mince pies for sale in September?

The commercialisation of Christmas seems to be never-ending, doesn’t it?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas with its sparkles, snow and festive goodies. But the stress can easily turn to overwhelm, with sleepless nights, arguments and an increasing feeling of dread as the big day approaches.

Sound familiar?

That’s why I’ve magicked up some top tips to help you avoid the overwhelm of Christmas and spend more time with your family

Plan a family perfect Christmas

Picture of christmas decorations on a table which had been planned in advance to avoid overwhelm

We all have different ideas of what a perfect Christmas should look like.

Then comes the TV adverts of what we’re told our Christmas should resemble. Don’t fall into the trap of ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’.

This is your Christmas.

Sit down as a family and decide together what you’d like your Christmas this year to be like. You can choose everything from the decorations to the food, to setting budgets on pressie spending and the destination of that Christmas Day walk.

When you’ve decided as a family, it’s difficult to be disappointed when Christmas week approaches, and everyone’s prepared for the fun ahead!

Create a Christmas countdown calendar

Picture of a calendar on December because planning for Christmas is important

Preparation is the key with Christmas. So, it’s time to put your plan into action.

You can grab a free calendar template from the internet, or even have the children draw one for you. Highlight the important dates – last post collections for guaranteed delivery, term dates, work deadlines and holidays, Christmas shows and kids activities, etc.

Now slot in all the things you need to do to get ready for Christmas.

If you’re having a party – when do the invites need to go out?

If you’re travelling this Christmas, when do you need to buy your train or plane tickets for the best discount?

Knowing what you need to be doing and when is a great way of reducing stress and overwhelm.

Use your plan to shop early and take advantage of the seasonal special offers

Picture of a mall at Christmas ready for shopping well ahead of the big day

You just know that once Halloween is over, the cost of everything will dramatically shoot up the closer we get to Christmas

Now you’re armed with a plan you can shop around and spot the special offers in the comfort of your own home (and even get things delivered so you can avoid the hectic high street).

Online shopping is great for Christmas.

You can avoid the Xmas pud loo roll that’s tempting you on every shelf and save the pennies for what will really make a difference to your family’s enjoyment.

It’s a good idea to buy a few things each week as you go through November and December rather than panic buying last minute. This helps you to avoid the stress and enables you to budget more effectively.

Those are my top tips for avoiding overwhelm this Christmas. I hope you find them useful. If you have any tips you’d like to share feel free to comment below!