Thanksgiving has passed and now we countdown to Christmas! There are exactly 25 more days left until Christmas! Everyday, my youngest says, “Mom, how many days ’til Christmas?” This is the question all small children love to ask.
Here are a few things on my list to do’s and what helps me get ready for this Holiday Season. Hope this helps you get organized for Christmas, too.
- Focus on Family – Family is more important than any gift given or received. We need to value each of our loved ones as much as possible. Life is precious and at the end of the day, family is forever and more valuable than anything money can buy.
- Holiday Gift List – Print your very own Holiday Gift list: Holiday Gift List
- De-Stress – This time of year is very stressful as everyone is always rushing from one place to another, focusing on buying gifts or running errands. Whatever it may be, keep calm and stress free. Light a candle in your home, play some soothing music, take a long bath, or read a book. Here is a post on: Positive Thinking to Reduce Stress
- Decorate – Time to get your house looking festive and jolly. Play Christmas music and have your kids help out to create memorable moments together.
- Order Christmas Cards – If you are like me, you are just now ordering them and having them priority mailed. Make sure you mail them out a couple weeks before Christmas. There are alot of specials right now for inexpensive cards. I usually purchase mine at Costco or Walgreens.
- Shop Early – make a list of all people you will be giving gifts to and check it twice (print list mentioned in #2). Shop early and avoid going to stores at the last minute and overspending. In addition, if you can, shop online to avoid the mad rush and wrap gifts as you buy them. Don’t forget to ask for gift boxes at the stores you make purchases at. If you are like me, you probably avoided Black Friday all together and will definitely check out the “online” specials, right from the convenience of your home.
- Create a Gift Wrapping Station – Make sure you have all wrapping paper, boxes, ribbons and cards in a gift wrapping station or basket for easy access. Set out on a table or desk and you can have available all month long.
- Create a Christmas Bar Cart – Have a station with either coffee, hot cocoa and desserts all in one location. See this post: Christmas Bar Cart
- Clean your house. No decoration looks more beautiful than in a clean house. Deep clean your home and try to maintain it as much as possible. This guarantees your house is ready for any guests that may arrive early or unexpected. In addition, keep your kitchen organized. Also, keep refrigerator clean and toss old food out. Don’t forget to ask for help from your husband and children. See this post on how to declutter your home: Declutter Home in 7 Days
- Meal Plan – Plan your monthly meals ahead of time, make a shopping list, and write down your menu on the holiday planner sheets I mentioned above. You will be glad you did when you go to grocery store, and check items off your list. Also, make sure you have all pans, pots and dishes that will be needed. Prep food in advance as much as you can, for example your baking goods. Here are forms you can print off: Meal Planner and Grocery List
- Buy your Christmas Tree. Three weeks before Christmas is a great time to purchase your live tree for it to stay fresh and retain its needles in time for Christmas. This also goes for fresh wreaths and garlands. If you don’t buy live trees, then you may have your artificial tree in storage. Now is the perfect time to take it out and decorate it.
- Create a Christmas Bucket List: Go to this post and print this bucket list, place in an 8 x 10 frame and mark off with a dry erase marker: Christmas-Bucket List
- Set Table and Buy Fresh Flowers – On Christmas Eve is a perfect time to set the table and have fresh flowers in your home. Throughout the months, I go to Kroger and check out their fresh flowers section. Sometimes they have a pail full of clearance flower bunches for $3. I always purchase these when they mark them down. Wherever, you may shop, fresh flowers are always a staple in my home.
Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy!
Wishing everyone a blessed and safe Holiday Season from our family to yours.