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How to have an easy Christmas.

Take the stress out of Christmas with these top tips, ideas and suggestions in our Christmas Survival Guide.


Here's your chance to grab a few tips and ideas for an easy Christmas from some brilliant businesses.

C - Colour . Clothes . Confidence.

Ensure your clothes for the festive season are ready to party! Top Tip: Plan your wardrobe now.

H- Handmade wooden toys.

Will keep little hands busy for hours! Designed for little hands but big imaginations.

R - Ready and Wrapped

All Morgan + Wells fine leather goods come gift wrapped with free UK postage so it’s one less job for you!

I - Icing on the Cake.

Don’t pretend your’e going to enjoy baking a cake and then decorating exactly like the one you’ve seen in your magazine, let the professionals do it while you spend time with the family. The Sugar Florist Artisan Bakery

S - Shopping.

Instead of hitting the stressful big shops, why not try a local market or two? Find your nearest market via the brilliant Pedddle website which lists hundreds of local markets brimming with locally made, beautiful gifts.

T - Trafalgar Bay in York

A brilliant spot for your works do with free room hire, games, crafts, Mocktails, Cocktails & Cockt-ales for your bespoke Christmas Party. Take the train there and everyone can fully enjoy the City!

M - Make Goals

Book onto this brilliant workshop on 16th December and learn how to restore calm at Christmas and avoid overwhelm.

This 3 hour evening workshop will work on your business intentions for 2020, set some powerful goals and put some actions plans in place and set you up for an amazing start to 2020 so you can relax in safe in the knowledge that you're already set up to smash the new year.

A - Avoid the January rush.

Clear your head and accounts before the Christmas holidays. Take the stress of getting your accounts ready for self assessment tax submission by your accountant.

S - Stress relief with Hypnotherapy.

Find your calm within the storm, let go of the stress and anxiety and enjoy a festive break without the fracas!

Hypnosis is the perfect way to find the best you possible and enjoy a calm Christmas and a positive start to 2020.

S - Snapped.

Give the gift of cherished memories with your loved ones and for yourself. A great present if you missed the last postal date too.

U - Ukulele CD - try some local music this Christmas instead of Slade) to warm your cockles and get you in the mood. From festive concerts to their brilliant Christmas CD.

R - for Relaxation, Rejuvenating, Revitalising and for my name too, Renni.

It is so important to take time for yourself, especially in the run up to Christmas. I make sure that the treatments I offer (Facial Massage, Reflexology, Head-and Shoulder Massage) will make you feel calm and relaxed. After all, Christmas is about slowing down and enjoying the quieter life...but that is easier said than done.

V - Voucher.

Naomi runs group glass fusing lessons from her home in York and you can give someone a glass fusing lesson voucher. A great gift for someone who would enjoy 2 hours of learning a new craft. Vouchers can be sent by email, so available last minute. £20 for adults and £12 for kids (age 4+). Email:

I - Image & Colour Analysis Gift Vouchers.

Take the stress away from gifting and give the gift of colour. Knowing your best colours can take the stress out of what to wear, what accessories to compliment and makeup shades to bring out that inner sparkle.

V - Voucher to Sleep.

Make sure you top up your sleep when you can. Get the best quality sleep with some fabulous Sleep Better Kits which have 4 items to help you improve your night-time routine (plus a set of 14 tried and tested tips for better sleep). £35 from

A - Acupuncture.

It’s so easy to become overwhelmed over the Christmas period and self care can drop to the bottom of the To Do list. This might mean those headaches, migraines, back pain, PMS symptoms rear their irritating heads..

Acupuncture will relieve stress and restore balance ensuring you can enjoy your time with family and friends.

L - Love.

Remember a simple home made gift or even a cuddle encompasses the meaning of Christmas. Show those around you how much you love them and to take time to look after yourself too.

G - Gift from the Heart.

Thoughtfulness is one of the greatest gifts you can give. It says more about you and how you feel about someone when you gift something simple and you have put your heart into it, a gin lover may like the perfect glass, a candle lover the perfect home made candles, or it maybe tea for two in someone's favourite tea shop. Gifts don't have to be expensive, but given with heartfelt love will always win the day.

U - Under the Sofa hoovered?

Sit down, get a coffee and let someone else do a luxury deep clean before the family come round and you have to move the sofa to find the dice!

I - Indie York.

Support your local Independent shops which may be tucked away down a side street or trade online. Indie York is a great starting place to find such places in York.

D - Deep Relaxation.

Deborah offers Reflexology, Massage and Aromatherapy Massage to help you relax, release and restore and take away some of the stress that can build up at this time of year.

E - Energy.

Calm or energise yourself and those around you with a selection of crystals placed around the house, or on your person. Choose your ideal selection from

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