Carol singing. Gift buying. A general air of excitement. It can only mean one thing: Christmas is fast approaching. If catching up with friends and family is high on your seasonal agenda, you’re not alone – it’s a festive priority for many of us. But amidst the chaos of Christmas, it can be hard to find the time for this.
Don’t worry, though – we’ve come up with a few handy solutions…
Reach out on social media
Want a stress-free way to organise a get together? Look no further than social media – here, you can reach out to old friends and family at the click of a button. All you have to do is create an event page and invite people – no need to scroll through endless chat messages. In fact, to avoid missing messages entirely (which is all too easy in a group chat), give your home or mobile number on the page and ask attendees to ring you directly.
Set up a shared calendar
Want a clear idea of when friends and family will and won’t be free during the festive period? How about setting up a shared calendar? Just head to your email inbox to get started. From here, simply go into your calendar and invite your friends and relatives to view it. Obviously, you’ll need to have them in your contacts list first. That way, you’ll be able to view your loved ones’ availability over the Christmas period hassle-free.
Meet up after the Christmas period
It may focus on one particular day – but traditionally, the festive period lasts until early January. With this in mind, if you’ve already got big plans for the Christmas period, you don’t have to cram in with a visit with loved ones. Instead, why don’t you make some time after New Year to have a proper catch up? After all, there’s not much point meeting up with friends or family if you’re feeling stressed and pushed for time!
Start planning now
Yes, you read that right! Though Christmas seems to come and go in a flash, it won’t be long until it’s festive season again. So, you may want to invite people as early on in the year as possible. If you do, you’ll be more likely to secure a date for a meet up. Better still, you could always send out preliminary invites with Christmas cards and gifts? Accompany their personalised Christmas chocolate with Save the Date card, for example – or how about jotting down the dates when you’ll be free next year in an additional note?
So long as you know, it’s easy to make time for loved ones at Christmas. Follow any one of our tips, and you’re guaranteed to make the most of your time together.