Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year!
A time to relax, rejuvenate and spend time with family and friends – the summer holiday. As schools empty and the hustle and bustle of everyday life slows its pace, busy work schedules and study timetables are replaced with social gatherings and memorable family holidays.
Falling in the peak of our summer months, the festive season is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, and thanks to all the Limpopo province has to offer, you won’t have to go far to find it.
While many flock to the Kruger National Park to celebrate their holidays, there are a multitude of Limpopo game reserves and outdoor activities to choose from – click here for inspiration!
We’re all about Happy Holidays at Mall of the North and while we have the a full selection of wonderful gifts and entertainment waiting for you, please remember that the greatest gift you can give the people you love is time and attention – so make time to share quality time.
Whether your plans include entertaining your nearest and dearest in the comfort of your home, or exploring all the wonders Limpopo has to offer, there’s one important thing you need to keep in mind – plan ahead!
With the onslaught of end-of-year arrangements added to already busy days, chaos can quickly replace calm and organised. But, with a few simple steps, this doesn’t have to be you.
Plan, and the holidays will seem like a breeze.
1 – Plan your gifting
Plan early to avoid the last-minute rush. Start with a clear budget in mind. This will not only save you time but your bank balance too! The festive season is also an opportune time to think of who else supports you in your busy life – teachers, employees, clients, colleagues, coaches and cleaners whom you may also like to give a gift to. However, sometimes the last-minute can’t be avoided. In this case, be sure to do some research beforehand so you know exactly what to get, where to get it from and how much it will cost.
2 – Label and be prepared
It’s not too early to wrap gifts and write cards. Trying to do them all at once can be a big job, especially if you have a big family. Ensure each gift is labelled or has a card attached to avoid mix-ups. And, to make things go smoothly, do a stock take of your stationery so you know what needs topping-up.
3 – Caution – celebrations ahead
There are always friends or family who have birthdays during December so plan for those and avoid battling Christmas shoppers for celebratory gifts. A few gift vouchers will save you from those long queues this silly season, as will a few bottles of your favourite wine and a good supply of quick and easy snacks in your pantry for those spontaneous social gatherings. MOTN GIFT VOUCHERS
4 – Check your schedule
This is the busiest time of year. With end-of-year school concerts, work functions, a host of celebrations and holidays approaching, make sure your friends know well in advance of any celebrations or parties you may have planned. Start sending out those ‘save the dates’ as soon as you have the details to avoid any disappoint down the road.
5 – Supplies and services
Many smaller businesses close over the Christmas and New Year period. If you need to organise household maintenance or repairs, make sure you book early. Also, ensure you have emergency after-hours numbers for your plumbers, electricians, and so forth… just in case.
6 – Keep the kids entertained
There’s nothing worse than having a bored child on your hands, especially when you have so much to do. Keep an eye out for any special events or activities running over the festive season to keep those little hands busy, like the great holiday programme at Mall of the North. Arts and crafts are always a great way to spend time together as a family, so why not try your hand at a few of these easy to do projects:
7 – Pace yourself
It’s the holidays, so remember to book in some free time to allow for spontaneous engagements as well as time to relax and recharge!