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Getting organised for the festive season

The festive season is upon us and there is a lot to consider – from card writing and mailing, list writing, gift wrapping, shopping for presents and posting gifts, putting up the Christmas tree and decorations, Christmas baking and Christmas events or entertaining – you name it, there is a lot to do!

Want to be ready for Christmas and the festive season? We can help!

If you are aged 65+, ACH Group can support you with tasks to help you feel organised to enjoy the festive season. Did you know that these services can be funded from your Home Care Package, through the Commonwealth Home Support Program or privately funded? Learn more about Help at Home and Christmas Support Services.

Did you know that a Support Worker can help with tasks around the home such as personal care, light cleaning or helping to prepare meals? Outside of the home Support Workers may accompany you on social outings, appointments, shopping or picking up medications.

If you feel overwhelmed or just need a bit of inspiration, here are some tips on how to get organised for the festive season…

Christmas planning made easy

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet, and Christmas is no different to any other celebration or event.

Make a ‘to-do’ list

Making a list will not only help you keep track of tasks in progress and those to be done, but the feeling of accomplishment when you can tick a task off the list as ‘done’ is very satisfying.

We created a print-friendly resource you can download and start planning today!

Download: Christmas to-do list and gift item list

Christmas shopping

Local is the best when it comes to Christmas shopping and there are plenty of Christmas markets and fairs being held across South Australia. From stocking fillers and original artwork to doggie bow ties, there is something for everyone.

See the list of Christmas markets with dates and times, including the all time favourite Bowden Christmas Gift Market and Gathered Christmas Market in Hahndorf.

Tip: Your support worker can organise a shopping trip and accompany you to visit markets or shops. 

Christmas fruit cake

Food and entertaining

For those looking to enjoy stress-free Christmas lunch or dinner, here’s a complete guide to Christmas Day dining in Adelaide.

If you love to cook and entertain with style, plan your menu and recipes in advance.

Tip: Try award-winning Beryl’s Christmas fruit cake recipe which also makes a beautiful present for friends or relatives!

Christmas carols scene with twinkle lights and open book with musical notes

Christmas lights, carols and concerts

For many families, it’s the Christmas experiences such as Adelaide’s National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant or the Magic Cave at David Jones that become cherished traditions for many generations. We found the top things to see and do around Adelaide this Christmas which can be added to your Christmas event planning.

Tip: This December, put your Santa hats on and join us for our new Christmas getaway in Hahndorf and Lobethal.

What are your Christmas traditions?

Whether you indulge in Christmas or not, this time of the year is a good opportunity to learn about different customs and traditions, and how different nationalities celebrate Christmas.

According to idCommunity, the top largest non-Australian cultural groups in South Australia are: English, Scottish, Irish, German, Italian, Chinese, Indian, and Greek.

Who sets a traditional table with loaves of ‘Christopsomo’ and whose main Christmas meal includes carp or goose? Learn about Christmas traditions and how Christmas is celebrated in different countries and cultures.

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