AUSSIE CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE: 5 SURE-FIRE WAYS TO SURVIVE AN AUSSIE CHRISTMAS
It’s always a mad rush to the end of the year.
And before you have time to say Kia hari te tau hou* the Christmas tree is in the bin, Easter bunnies are staring at you in the supermarket and your holiday is a distant memory.
We’re a thoughtful bunch at Studio Stedman, so, for those busy people, we’ve compiled an Aussie Christmas Survival guide: A short-list of the five sure-fire ways to survive the pre- and post-Christmas frenzy in one piece.
5 Sure-fire Ways to Survive an Aussie Christmas
1. Make a thing to bring
Move over Cadbury Favourites, there’s a new ‘thing to bring’. It’s quick and easy to make – you can even knock it up in between waves! You can eat more than you need and still have room for nana’s pudding and custard, and it tastes great! It’s Dave’s Home-Cooked Honey Popcorn. Check out the video recipe here!
2. Bag the ultimate pressie
Steer clear of ALL crowds. Buy online. Here are some sites to check out for some not-so-run-of-the-mill gift ideas that guarantee your kids will think you’re cool and you’re Secret Santa recipient won’t be hating on you for getting another lame present.
3. Ditch the angel
When it comes to making the place ‘festive’, I actually don’t mind putting up the (real) Christmas tree, hanging lights and making fake reindeer hooves in the yard. It gives me an excuse to hunt for the best Scout Group tree bargain, get out the staple gun and climb a ladder. But don’t ask me to decorate, especially with a fake wreath, plastic angel or Virgin Mary. This year, after an office move and surplus computer hardware, I decided to ditch the angel and make my own office-inspired decorations. (Note: the below images may or may not look better than my efforts).
4. Play some Christmas tunes
The team is a big fan of Spotify. But if you forget to download your Spotify playlist before you cram into the family wagon for the Christmas-day rounds, David Hasselhoff Christmas Carols is my go-to. Seriously, it brings tears to your eyes.
5. Don’t forget to put your feet up
You deserve it. So, kick off the sweaty shoes and socks and feel some sand between the toes. Schedule time to switch off, take a break and come back refreshed to do it all again next year!
The Christmas and end-of-year festive season needn’t be stressful and hectic.
As a creative agency, we think Christmas is like any brand: the best ones are simple, and the ones that aren’t can be re-designed, at any time, to enjoy with purpose.
* Maori for Happy New Year. Why Maori? Why not? We want to share the love and it’s also a nod to my NZ ancestors. 😉