Who are we fooling? With endless social events to attend, we’re busier than ever in the run-up to Christmas. Christmas Eve comes along and you haven’t even bought all your presents, let alone wrapped them, your turkey’s nowhere near the oven – and the only thing that needs a brandy injection is you.
Even the more organised among us can be tipped over the edge by Uncle Jim’s sudden arrival on Christmas morning, or friends who need to stay over after a Boxing Day drinks party. And with the average consumer set to spend £336* on presents this year – and 22 per cent planning to spend more than £400 – Christmas is not just a stressful time of year, it can be costly too.
So before you switch off the fairy lights and declare ‘bah humbug’ to all, read our Christmas planning tips. We’ve got some festive shortcuts designed to make your Christmas a lot less stressful.
*According to research from M&S Bank, carried out by Opinion Matters in October 2013 with a sample size 2,042 people in the UK aged 18 and over.