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Festive fails fixed

Sometimes things don’t quite go according to plan. Here are four common Christmas disasters – and how to handle them.

Christmas is a time for happiness and cheer, but more often than not it also seems to attract an unusual amount of pa-rum-pum-pum-pum. We all have crazy Christmas stories, but here’s how to avoid or fix some common ones

Pets gone wild
Don’t forget that with a house full of new people and a kitchen full of delicious smells, pets get just as excited around Christmas time. While Spot might be the best-behaved pet in the whole wide world (yes he is!), even you can’t deny him wanting a bite of your famous Christmas roast. Keep the pets happy with their own food and space, and don’t take your eyes off that roast.

Christmas crowds
Every year you promise to get organised, and every year you end up in a crowded mall searching for one last gift or ingredient – not this time! Besides doing your best to write lists, check them twice and stick to them, consider doing all your shopping online this year. You can order almost anything, including all the ingredients for Christmas dinner at www.picknpay.co.za. So long, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum!

Someone gets forgotten
Nobody likes feeling left out. As an adult, we may be able to take it in our stride, but it’s a lot harder for our little ones. Keep a few small ‘emergency gifts’ on hand – you’d be amazed what Christmas cheer this can bring when it comes down to the crunch.

The Christmas tree that wouldn’t
Whether your cat’s decided to shred your brand new synthetic Christmas tree, or you’ve opted for a fresh one and forgotten to water it, there are many alternatives to the same-old green foliage. Get creative by stacking logs, decorating dried branches or simply taping a Christmas-tree shape on a wall – instant cheer!

Meg de Jong