In our culture of “jump to the next thing quickly,” before you can pack up your Thanksgiving leftovers we have already been thrown into the Christmas season! It’s here! If you are an organized planner, you are already living out your holiday plan. If you are a devout procrastinator that doesn’t shop until Christmas Eve, let this be your warning: GET AHEAD OF THE GAME THIS YEAR! If the toilet paper crisis of 2020 taught us anything, being prepared and planning ahead is always a good idea. So much goes into Christmas you don’t want to miss the holiday magic by letting the stress of the season distract you from why we gather, give, and celebrate. So, how does one even begin to plan ahead, as to avoid stress? A checklist for all that needs to happen this coming month will be a great place to start. Have an aversion to checklists? If you want this Christmas season to run smoothly so you can actually enjoy it, I say bring on the list, it will all be worth it in the end!
Your calendar is ALWAYS the first place to get you properly organized. Make a note and block out time for all family get togethers, parties, school or sports functions, office parties, church events and neighborhood socials. If the event you are placing on your calendar requires you to bring gifts or food, notate that as well. As you add these special holiday events to your calendar also be sure to include the address of the event, that way if a family member needs to meet you there the address is already right there and easy to send to whoever needs to know. Nothing is more embarrassing than sending someone to the wrong place on the wrong date. Trust me.
If you love Christmas, (like you live all year for this), you probably have some decorations up in your home already. You may have your ENTIRE home decorated by this point (I know I do). What are some key things you need to prepare for and remember before you “deck your halls?” Do you think you might be interested in mailing out Christmas cards this year? If so, when do you start?
I love to buy gifts for my loved ones at the holidays. I truly have the most fun searching out just the perfect gift for the special ones in my life. Now, how MANY gifts are you buying this year? And what is your budget? Some important things to remember before you start your own personal Santa shopping are:
Do you host your family Christmas meal or do you have your signature side dishes that you are known for bringing? Thought about baking some delicious treats as gifts this year? How can you plan ahead and still be right on time for all your holiday eats?
Christmas = Love
These are just a few ideas to get your brain thinking ahead to bring organization to your holiday experience. You want your loved ones to enjoy the Christmas experience, but they also want YOU to enjoy the day as well. I’ve never loved the EFFORT of being organized but I do love the benefits of being organized. Most of these tips have come at the expense of learning them the hard way. Stressful memories do make for some good laughs now and good lessons learned. No matter what food, gifts, cards, gatherings or parties you have or don’t have, make sure to make the most of the ones you have to love and be loved by. Christmas came as a gift of love to the world. Don’t lose sight of why we love, give, and celebrate the greatest gift of love to humanity.
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