Plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas

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There is not long to go now.

Workmates, families and friends are all starting to think about their end-of-year Christmas celebrations, and there are plenty of options.

Plan a formal occasion with all the trimmings or keep it simple and have a barbecue in your backyard or picnic at the river.

Either way, have fun and try to relax with family and friends in a stress-free environment.

There are lots of ideas for home-made gifts or remember the gift of time – make your gift an offer of help to someone who would appreciate it, or take them on a special outing.

For workmates, the end-of-year Christmas function is a good chance to wind down and reflect on the work done this year.

Book your Christmas venue early and discuss different menu options.

And for an extra touch of festive spirit, try a round of Secret Santa.

Put a small dollar value on the gifts, make something yourself or add a touch of humour to your gift.