Guide to surviving the festive season
No matter how big or how small your Christmas is there are always moments you love and loathe. After such a busy period here at Case Hut HQ we’re looking forward to kicking back…if only it were that easy! Here are our top tips to making the break as smooth as possible. Plus, we just want to say a special thank you to all our customers – we hope your purchases make the festive period extra wonderful!
Plan your menu
Plan your breakfast, lunch and dinners for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Beyond that, the left overs will usually take care of themselves. Inevitably you’ll get someone who will be vegetarian, gluten free, sugar-free etc sat at your table, so to make your life easy and just have a suitable ready meal in your fridge. Also, stockpile a cornucopia of sweets and chocolate selection boxes – then you don’t have to worry about the various desserts other than the Christmas pudding itself.
Christmas playlists & board games
Unless you spend all day in front of the Christmas TV you’ll have many hours to fill with entertaining the relatives. Why not make a Christmas playlist for a good old fashioned sing along – make sure you mix it up to accommodate everyone’s ages (Sam Smith for the youngsters and Bing Crosby for the oldies). Hook up your device to a speaker via Bluetooth and fill the house with festive tunes. It can also help to have at least two board games to distract people if you want a bit of quiet time to yourself.
Fully stocked booze (plus some alcohol free)
Make sure there is enough in your cabinet for you and your relatives to get, and remain, merry. As a host, you’re meant to have as much fun as your guests! However, there are some who get a bit carried away – for them, buy alcohol-free beer and wine (serve it up into a glass in the kitchen or out of eye-line) they will be so merry they won’t know the difference.
‘If you know that you will be going out and having more drinks, then use this time before to balance everything out with some goodness. Nibble on some healthy fat and protein, which will stabilise your blood sugar levels and prevent alcohol from being absorbed too quickly into your bloodstream. Why not try a few slices of chicken breast, some olives, a small plate of veggies with hummus, or a handful of almonds, all washed down with a large glass of water and freshly squeezed lemon?’ – Calgary Avansino, Vogue health & wellness correspondant
The morning after
Make sure you have a stock pile of Alka-selter, Rennies and paracetamol. It’s always better to have them and not need them, than to need them and not have them! We’ve also heard good things about Milk Thistle supplements. Pop one supplement before going to bed and apparently it inhibits your bodies absorption of alcohol. Also, a banana before bed will help restore your potassium levels if you’ve been drinking heavily.
We hope these tips help you have a fabulously, festive christmas and a merry new year! We’ll see you on the other side.