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Getting Ready for the Holiday Season This Year

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Black Friday has come and gone, and that means Christmas is almost upon us. Yet this time of year is filled with holidays and special occasions leading up to and indeed after the day itself. Whether you are to receive guests or not, getting ready for the holiday season as soon as you can allows you to enjoy the festivities without too much worry.

Get Repairs Done 

There's always something that needs to be done. And your home is probably no different. So if you want to avoid "housebarassment," it's best to look around and see what needs to be done now. For example, window screen replacement after summer storms, rising damp in the attic, or flickering bulbs, there's guaranteed to be something. And while getting your home looking great for guests is a valid reason for repair jobs, now is a good time seasonally. There are tons of sales at large stores, and the weather is warm enough to finish outdoor jobs.

Send Invitations

Today's world is hectic, and most people aren't able to attend last-minute gatherings. Additionally, the unpredictable travel restrictions because of Covid make planning a trip almost futile. However, you can alleviate some of the worries by sending out holiday party invitations to friends and family now. From Thanksgiving in the United States to Hogmanay in Scotland, there's plenty of festive cheer during the colder seasons. And inviting people is easier than ever with social media, text messaging, and invitation apps like Evite.

Work Out How Much Food

Almost everyone spends too much over the festive period. So much money goes towards gifting, but a large sum also contributes to the food. And if we are all honest, it's the food we look forward to the most as an adult. Unfortunately, in the UK alone, approximately 7 million tons of food is wasted over Christmas. You can do better if you plan how much you will need. This is why invitations are essential. Of course, it's always scary to think you might not have enough and run out of produce. But you never really need the extra bag of potatoes.

Plan Sleeping Arrangements

If you are set to receive guests, then make sure everyone has a suitable place to sleep. It's funny that you don't realize how much space you don't have until you need it to accommodate family and friends. While the couch is a good temporary solution, your guests might prefer a bed. If there is no spare bed available, do the kind thing and offer yours. Additionally, pullout sofa beds are an excellent solution for sleeping arrangements. And if those aren't available, inflatable beds are actually much more comfortable than you think.

Keep an Eye on Covid Updates

Of course, we have been held hostage by the Covid-19 pandemic for the past two years. And the recent news of the Omicron variant making its way across the world hasn't helped things. In fact, Omicron has caused the UK, the US, and European nations to effectively close their borders once more. Therefore, it is helpful to keep an eye on the situation as it develops. Government leaders have stated that another Covid lockdown won’t happen, yet the idea is not off the table. Depending on how Omicron transmits, it could be another lonely Christmas.

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