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Countdown to Christmas

It’s the Countdown to Christmas Here is how you should be preparing NOW! Summer is nearly over which means Christmas is just around the corner – just kidding – but it is never too early to start preparing for the… Read More

It’s the Countdown to Christmas

Here is how you should be preparing NOW!

Summer is nearly over which means Christmas is just around the corner – just kidding – but it is never too early to start preparing for the holiday season. As we all know, the most wonderful time of the year is also the most stressful time of the year and for whatever reason we always wait until the last minute to get ready. This year I am going to break that tradition and get started now so I can celebrate the holidays like they are supposed to be celebrated. I have started a list of ways to keep up on the holidays, so they don’t creep up on me!

 

  1. Make a list. It may sound clique but putting pen to paper always makes me work! Once I have something written down, I can better visualize my intention, and am encouraged to complete the tasks because they are starring me in the eye.
  2. Take your holiday photo. Early Fall can be a beautiful time of year to take a photo, but it is also the buys beginning to the school year. Summer allows for open days and nights when everyone in the family is home and available to take the photo that no one complains about. Plus, ordering your cards early means there will be no rush stuffing, licking, or stamping!
  3. Start looking for sales now. Not that I will be buying gifts yet because let’s be honest, I cannot store gifts for five months without wanting to open them! But there is nothing wrong with noting items and seeing what is on sale now or will go on sale soon. This helps to save time and money! Buya is a great place to find hot items with a major discount.
  4. Talk to family and friends. Begin to have an idea of who wants to host event this year. If the tasks fall into your lap, plan how others can help you out, if others take on the challenge offer you help. Everyone will appreciate your assistance and be impressed that you have started to think about that chaotic time of year.
  5. Start saving. The holiday season can take a hard hit on your wallet, be prepared. Set aside some cash monthly so that when it is time to shell out the hard dough, it’s not as hard. And make sure to save some cash for your own spending – a little self-care can go a long way.
  6. Try new recipes. Though the holidays are all about traditions, your food does not need to reflect that. Sort through recipe books and magazines, find some new dishes and desserts you want to try – we think grandmas fruit cake could use some competition. A since you are planning so much in advance you will have time to recipe test and find out the good and the bad before it’s crunch time.
  7. Check out décor. Starting with a visual Pinterest board will help you to organize what your winter wonderland will look like. Maybe you’ll decide it’s out with red and green and in with gold and white! Not to mention, this can be an easy and fun summer or after school craft for the kids to get them thinking about the holidays.

 

This post may seem premature so bookmark it for next week, or month, but don’t totally disregard it. The holiday season is supposed to be about love, joy, and appreciating life – early planning will save you lots of stress and time, money too! Happy Planning!