Take your holidays from harried to merry with local services that relieve you of your seasonal stress.
By Lynsey Franks | February 11, 2010
Christmas Light Installation
Don’t let the name fool you. Not only can the folks at Gord’s Window Cleaning make your windows squeaky clean, they can also design and install your Christmas light display. They’ll even disassemble it after the holidays so you won’t be the neighbour with eight tiny reindeer on your lawn in the summer. Call them to save yourself a Griswold Family moment. (780-444-4136, gordswindowcleaning.com)
Serving a festive feast got you stressed? Bridges Catering can take care of the food, bartending, serving, arrangements, decorations and event rentals. Your only job will be to point the staff toward the stove and have another glass of eggnog. (780-425-0173, bridgescatering.ca)
Have yourself a spotless little Christmas by calling the award-winning Dust Queen Maid Service. You can hire it for a one-time cleaning, for any day of the week or for the remainder of the year. (780-448-4973, dustqueen.com)
Ready, set – the table. Or rather, have Special Event Rentals do it for you. It can provide you with the “good china,” neatly pressed linens and perfectly polished cutlery to impress your guests. And no one needs to know that your table doesn’t look like this every day. (780-435-2211, specialeventrentals.com)
The holiday season wouldn’t be much without holiday parties, and holiday parties aren’t much without holiday decorations. Whether you’re planning a house party or corporate event, let Celebration Decor create the perfect atmosphere for holiday cheer with its wide range of services, from tree and mantel decoration to floral arrangements and window displays. (780-486-5658, celebdecor.com)
Wreaths and Flowers
Bring life to your party with the fresh scent of flowers and plants. Graham & Lane Florists provides creatively arranged centrepieces and festive wreaths to brighten up your otherwise dreary winter. (780-429-1637, grahamandlane.com)
Which is your go-to Christmas movie?
17%Miracle on 34th Street
22%A Nightmare Before Christmas
0%Jingle All the Way
It’s what’s inside that counts, of course, but if your gifts look like the dog wrapped them, the recipients might not glow with excitement as you had hoped. Save yourself the paper cuts and the embarrassment and hire TLC Gift Wrapping to show you cared enough to not do it yourself. (780-406-5119, tlcgiftwrapping.web.officelive.com)
Skinny Uncle Pete always gives himself away with his nasally voice and phoney “Ho Ho Ho.” Being Santa Claus is not something you can fake, unless you are a professional entertainer from TeeBreeze Entertainment, equipped with a genuine white-grey beard and a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly. (780-429-3088, teebreeze.com)
Fake Snow Delivery
A green Christmas can surely disappoint, and although you have no control over mysterious Mother Nature, you can create a winter wonderland of your own by calling Family Entertainment. Yes, Bing, there will be a white Christmas. (800-550-0065, familyentertainment.biz)
Wearing Christmas sweaters is nice, in theory, but in the digital era, the photographic evidence can haunt you forever. LoullouDi can help you dress for your body type, complexion, the season and the occasion. It even provides makeup services to make sure those photos turn out perfectly. (780-278-1123, loulloudi.com)
Sure, shovelling your driveway is good exercise, but so is going out for a calm evening stroll, which is far less likely to result in back pain. Let the experts at Canada Yard Pro do the dirty work and leave you with a slip-free pathway after each snowfall. (780-497-7880, canadayardpro.com)
Are the unchecked items on your to-do list mocking you? Reduce your list to one – call Agency III Lifestyle Management Inc. The assistant service will do your grocery shopping, your post office errands, take your car in for detailing or winter-tire installation, or finish any other nagging task on the list. Check! (780-758-0303, agency3inc.com)
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