A Cracker of a Christmas

How to have a Cracker of a Christmas…

So.. we are less than 10 days away from Christmas. The festive season. The party season. The eat and drink yourself silly season.

I thought I would share some tips with you on how to have a Happier Christmas, and how to make things easy on yourself.

If like me you have spent past seasons looking for the perfect dress. Finding it and then hating yourself in it because of your size, you will know the dread of the party season. I always seemed to be the fattest person in the room, and was extremely self conscious of it.

This is my first tip. If you like the outfit you have chosen, don’t worry about what anyone thinks. Easier said than done, but it is possible. Go out with a positive approach that your clothing is fabulous and so are you. Do your hair and make-up (or pamper yourself by getting someone else to do it) Match your clothing with a smart bag and some pretty shoes.

Or…… don’t!

Wear a trouser suit and flats, if that suits you. Or leggings and a tunic top. Make YOURSELF happy in your choices, and you’ve won half the battle. If you feel good in what you wear, your will have a level of confidence already.

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Tip two – shape-wear is your friend! You want that smoother line in your dress, or you want a little control to suck in a few lumps and bumps, then head to the lingerie section of most department stores or online and you will find a whole wealth of knickers, slips and bodysuits that will help you out. I never go out without them!

My particular favourites are the Magisculpt range which I get from Simply Be.

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Magiscult Slip from Simply Be

Tip number three. When it comes to the festive season, it is all too easy to over indulge both in food and alcohol. Firstly, it is Christmas and is all too common. Don’t beat yourself up about it. You are allowed to enjoy yourself. Just because you had an extra mince pie, the world isn’t going to end.

If you have been watching your weight, or actively dieting, then try not to worry too much. Start a fresh the next day. Or New Year’s Day, if you so choose. You can have minor setbacks when dieting. If you are getting through the festive season without over indulging, Well done you and keep it up. But if you haven’t then it really isn’t the end of the World.

It is your body and your choice. If you want to have a dieting break over Christmas, then do it. Enjoy your Turkey and trimmings, Christmas Pud and cream, that glass of Champagne. It is Christmas after all. You can be good after the festive season is over.

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A Cookie a Day…..

My fourth tip is to not try and be a superwoman. Yes, you can sit peeling Brussels, potatoes and parsnips till the cows come home. Adding brandy to your home made Christmas pudding mix every week until it is suffering from it’s own hangover. You can stay up till 2am making sausage rolls and vol au vents if you want. But only if you enjoy the whole preparation and performance of it.

If you hate all that palaver, then go with the ready made options. There are some fabulous pre-made dishes out there; braised red cabbage, goose fat roast potatoes, honey glazed parsnips, brussels with chestnuts. You name it, you can get every kind of accompaniment. My family loves the range from Aldi  – Cheap but excellent quality!

For your main course, you don’t have to go with the traditional Turkey dinner. Beef Wellington, Three Bird Roast, or even vegetarian nut roasts are all available with an extra touch of luxury over Christmas, so make life easier on yourself.

My last tip is to just enjoy yourself! Whether it is a quiet solo Christmas, or a big family affair you need to do what makes you and your closest loved ones happy.

If that means travelling 200 miles with small children to see your in laws on Christmas Day, then why not. As long as it what you want to do. Too often people leave their own homes, dragging children away from their new toys to go and sit in someone else’s house, when all they wanted to do was relax and enjoy watching their children play with their new things.

Don’t do it because it is what you have always done or it is expected of you. Do it because you genuinely want to be with those people. Or stay at home and relax.

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Party Time!

Don’t forget Christmas is a time to rejoice and make merry, not make yourself exhausted and miserable.

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  • ‘Make YOURSELF happy in your choices…’ this is everything! I know I often worry too much about what others think but actually, who cares as long as I am happy?

    Also, no turkey for me. It will be venison all the way this year!

    C xx
    CurvyGirlThin.com

    • Yes – It is so important to be happy in yourself!! Have a great Christmas darling girl xxxx

  • FussFreeJen

    Couldn’t agree more with your closing statement. I so often get vexed and worn out because so much needs doing. Sometimes you have to just give a great big Whoosah and go with the flow.
    Btw, you look gorgeous in your photos, they really made me smile. Wonderful.

    • It is so easy to become overwhelmed by it all, hence why I am just going to chill out and not worry! Thank you so much for the lovely compliments, they are very much appreciated!
      Merry Christmas xx

  • Joanna

    Great tips I do find it hard to feel good in what I wear though but I do prefer to be nice and comfy at Christmas time.

    • Don’t we all?? A nice pair of fleecy jammies, thick socks and a snuggly dressing gown works well for me! x

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I love your outfits, you look really nice and festive x

  • I absolutely love your attitude here! I think too many times people do things at Christmas because it is expected, not because it is what they want to do and it makes them happy. Great advice x

    • Thank you so much Sarah, it is so easy to get wrapped up in things and going with the flow. I am going to make me and my family happy this year! xx

  • Great tips! No one should ever feel guilty because of food, and it breaks my heart that they do. PS, love the tartan dress!

    • Totally Kitty! It just isn’t worth it! And thank you – Voodoo Vixen that I got at Curvy Con xx Oh and Merry Christmas xx

  • Great tips and advice! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! 🙂

  • Jo Wiggins

    We normally dress up for Christmas but have agreed to have a casual dress day this year and I can’t wait x

    • Fabulous! We have one day dressy, the next not – best of both worlds 🙂 xx

  • Jodie Whitham

    What a lovely, positive post! Great tips that i wish we could all follow and fab outfits. Merry christmas! x

    • Thank you so much Jodie! Merry Christmas to you and yours xx

  • I agree with you. It’s very important to feel comfortable during the festive season and this will make you more confident too.

    • Totally! If you are happy it portrays outwards 🙂 xx

  • So true, nothing wrong with ready made meals and its so much easier! That shapewear looks lush!

    • Exactly! Takes a lot of the effort out of it all. And yes, the shapewear is just gorgeous xx

  • Teresa Bowen

    The shapewear looks to pretty enough to be hidden under a dress. Next time I pass Simply Be I’ll have to have a look at their lingerie section.

    • Isn’t it just! really good prices too, hope you find something to treat yourself too xx

  • I think enjoying yourself is the most important thing, and also don’t be afraid to ask for help as you need to enjoy Christmas too x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I decided to cheat this year and get some frozen food in as I will need to juggle having all 3 children home, working from home and preparing for Christmas with very little help. Those parsnips look yummy.

    • They taste as yummy too!! Have a wonderful Christmas with all your family, and don’t worry about the little things 🙂 xx

  • Wishing you a very Merry Christmas – you’re a vision in tartan up there!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    You are so right, if you like the outfit then that is all that matters, not anyone elses opinion x

    • Exactly why I wore it 🙂 I think it is so Festive too xx

  • Clarissa Davies

    ah love shape ware ! great post 🙂

  • I love Xmas there’s some great tips I totally agree don’t get your self stressed out. We are going out to eat this year! K x

  • We often forget how stressful this time of year can be! That black dress looks amazing on you! Hope you have a lovely Christmas! xo

    • Thank you so much Dena Jayne. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas xx

  • francesca

    Love all your tips!!! I need to remind myself of a few of these! I love the shapewear too and I’m in need of a good one!

  • Baby Isabella

    Great tips! Life is for living and Christmas is for giving and being merry! Don’t care what people think of you (or how you look) and just enjoy yourself. Hope you have a very merry Christmas xx

    • Happy New Year to you and all your family Baby Isabella xx

  • Love all your tips! The dress looks fab on you by the way! x

  • I definitely need shape-wear this Christmas to hide all those mince pies! xD

  • I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas! 🙂

  • Oh I couldn’t agree more, shape wear is your friend for sure. Some lovely tips you’ve shared

    • Thank you Anosa, I hoped people would find them helpful xx

  • I seriously love everything you wear! You should have your own clothing line b/c i would purchase! Merry Christmas!

    • Wow!! What a compliment Candice Nikeia! Thank you so much xx

  • These are some good tips, especially tip 3. I really like your checkered stress, so festive xx