And so we’ve reached not only our last official post of 2015, but also our last post of our 12 Posts of Christmas with House of Fraser. It’s been a blast and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. To send us off on our Merry way to enjoy all what the Festivities have in store for us over the coming weeks we thought we’d speak to a couple of our friends and ask their learned opinion about taking the stress out of Christmas so we can enjoy it for all its worth 24/7 and eat, drink and make merriment over the Yuletide. Enjoy these lil pearls of wisdom and see you back here on 4th January 2016 for all you need to know to keep you ahead in the style stakes.
Take Care, Thank you and Merry Christmas
Olympian, Tom Daley
My big tip would be to write lists way in advance of what you need to get. For example a present list of the people you need to buy for and what you get them and check it off as you go. Same for Xmas dinner.
Designer and raconteur Sir Paul Smith
“Keep it simple and don’t try to be too ambitious. A single thoughtful gift is better than a sack-load of things that someone doesn’t want. And if it all gets too much, escape to a desert island on your own to escape any drama!”
Actor Phillip Rhys, who over the Yuletide can be caught on the Doctor Who Christmas Special and new E4 show called ‘Tripped’
“Keep travel to a minimum. Surround yourself with your favorite people, a good bottle of wine and The Doctor Who Christmas Special.”
Presenter and Sportsman Freddie Flintoff
“A tip on having a stress free Christmas is going away! Go away for Christmas, or book a restaurant. I know everyone likes Christmas at home, but you can open up your presents, spend time at home and play around with all the presents, go out and get something to eat and come back home, or else you’ll be washing up all afternoon.”
The First Lady of Breakfast Television – Lorraine Kelly
“Think of Christmas as simply as Sunday lunchthat’s grown a bit big for its boots. Also delegate as much as you can. If friends and family are coming over then assign them tasks.
Someone can bring the starter, another can make the trifle and others can supply Christmas crackers, games to play, DVDs to watch and sweeties to eat. X”
Rapper, MC & Prsenter of Lip Sync Battle in 2016 – Professor Green
“Go on holiday, alone.”
DJ, Presenter and Funhouse Master of Ceremonies – Pat Sharp
“For a relatively stress-free time on Christmas Day. Wrap some spare presents with no labels and then when unexpected guests turn up over the festive period, hey presto, you have that gift you had always planned to give them !”
Chef, TV Host and all round good guy – Dean Edwards
“My biggest stress busting tip would be to share the load at Christmas lunch. Coming from a large family we all bring something to the table, this year I’m roasting off a beautiful rib of beef, some fresh cranberry sauce and a lovely cider gravy. If everyone chips in it lessens the load on one person having to shop and cook for everyone.”