Christmas is around the corner, and it’s never too early to start planning. The months before Christmas can be busy, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. However, planning early can help you be organized and will reduce any last-minute stress.
With that in mind, here are five things you can do in advance to make sure your Christmas is stress-free and enjoyable:
1. Make a List
Santa makes a list and you should, too. Write down the names of those you plan to buy gifts and to whom you’ll send Christmas cards. Additionally, decide whether you’ll be hosting any events and if you will be inviting family to stay with you.
Once you have a clear picture of your festive obligations, it will make staying organized much easier. In fact, creating a to-do list is a handy tool for Christmas gift planning and as an event checklist.
2. Print Christmas Photo Cards
Your Christmas cards should be organized early, especially if you are looking for a customized design. This will give you time to choose the perfect photo and have your cards printed, and posted, ready for Christmas Day.
For example, Minted sells a range of beautifully-designed Christmas photo cards, which are stylish and fun. It’s easy to upload your photo, and there are a slew of different themes, fonts and color schemes available. You can even use one of your family photo cards as a decorative feature on your refrigerator.
3. Fill Up Your Pantry
Delicious food is one of the best things about the festive season, and you can start planning your menus early. If you have room in your freezer, stock up on frozen food that will be ready for any Christmas guests. Canned food, beverages, and ingredients can be bought gradually, saving you the stress of having to do a bulk shop during the chaotic holiday period.
4. Find the Perfect Gifts
This year, give your friends and family gifts they will love by planning early. Start brainstorming and looking for signs of things they might like or need. If you are purchasing gifts online, make sure there is enough time for the packages to be delivered.
Planning early could give you the opportunity to create a homemade gift. Ideas include handmade earrings, quilts, cookies, candles, soaps or keyrings.
5. Slowly Add Decorations
It isn’t too early to start planning your decorations, and you can add subtle touches now. Start with smaller decorations such as festive cushions, a table centerpiece, and ornaments. If you’re hosting a celebration, you can stock up on accessories such as candy canes, Christmas crackers, and tinsel.
Don’t forget to prepare your outdoor area for any guests. Start by installing party lights and refreshing your outdoor area by gardening and weeding.
The Last Word
Christmas will be here before you know it, and it can be easy to leave everything until the last minute. This year, be organized in advance and have a more relaxing, enjoyable holiday season.
Order your unique family photo cards early and slowly start decorating your home. Fill your freezer and pantry with food for your party hosting and use a to-do list to make sure everyone gets the perfect gift. With these simple tips, you can be ready for Christmas ahead of schedule, giving you the chance to put your feet up!