Is Christmas Day a stressful time in your house? You are not alone. Keeping out of the doghouse, and in the good books with the wife is not easy at the best of times. But add some extra sparkly Christmas pressure to that of everyday life and you have yourself one seriously tetchy lady.
Lucky for you, we’re here to make things a whole lot easier. Follow these simple instructions and you will find yourself reaping all kinds of rewards. Maximum brownie points, minimum effort and a very merry Christmas all round.
- HOST LIKE A BOSS.
When holding festive soirees round your gaff, channel your inner Tom Cruise and be the best barman known to man. Stock up on ice, garnishes, all the mixers, every spirit available on the Sainsbury’s big shop…the lot (and no plastic straws).
- BE THE BEST BINMAN EVER TO WALK THE PLANET.
And on that note, you may excel in the bar area, but the waste department is your place to shine. Empty that bin way before it overflows, monitor the collection date changes and own that sh*t like it’s your life purpose.
- STOCK UP ON BATTERIES.
Double AAs, triple AAs, those weird shape ones… it’s your role to prepare to fuel every single fairy light and every potential new toy. A gift without power is just a disappointment.
- MANAGE YOUR OWN DIARY VERY CAREFULLY.
Double booking over the festive season is not an option. Conflicting dates that force conversations to decide between sporting activities and distant family gatherings will only result in irrational tears.
- BUY HER GOOD GIFTS.
We can help with this. Make sure you’re all signed up to dontletherdown.com and ready to take action with a pocketful of mullah.
- WRITE SOME CARDS.
Just 5, 10… would make the difference. She does not enjoy it and she is not precious about her own handwriting. Alternatively, if you want to come forth with a digital or pre-printed solution prior to being asked for help, you are basically a superhero.
- PLAN SOME STUFF.
Don’t use ‘she’s such a control freak’ as an excuse to not plan things. A Christmas date night (complete with arranged babysitter) would go down an absolute treat. Visit JUST BECAUSE for the best ideas.
- TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF.
Believe us when we tell you that Christmas for mums is off the scale in terms of pressure. The to do lists are never ending and the need to succeed across all things gifting / hosting / home styling and dressing for occasions is totally overwhelming. Ease the pressure where you can by offering help and being proactive. If such instructions are too vague and confusing, just ply her with alcohol and naughty nibbles constantly, coupled with the odd comment about how she looks like she’s lost weight #winning
Feel free to tweet us for advice. We’re here to nurture relationships and help them survive even at the toughest of times, and man alive, Christmas can be rough. @dlhdteam