It’s never too early to start planning for the holiday season. By doing so, you’ll make it a lot easier on yourself and have a less stressful December.
Here are 7 simple things you can do to get yourself and your family ready for Christmas.
1. Start Planning Now
Grab a notebook or your laptop and a calendar and start thinking about the holidays. Is it just you and the family this year?
Are you planning on inviting anyone over? You may want to be careful about how many people you have over this year.
Think about what kind of snacks, meals, drinks, and desserts you plan on making.
Take a good hard look at your list once you’re done and ask yourself if you can achieve these goals or if you’re taking on too much.
If the latter is true, then it’s time to cut things from your list. Consider ordering a few items from restaurants if that makes things easier.
Remember, there’s still a lot that needs to get done before the big day!
2. Look Through Your Stash of Holiday Ornaments
Look through your holiday inventory before you start buying new Christmas décor from Amazon.
That way you won’t overspend on items you already have and focus solely on the things you might need like wrapping paper, tape, stationery paper, or bows and ornaments.
3. Start Organizing the House
It’s never too early to do some spring cleaning, even if it’s wintertime.
So, start by cleaning out the fridge and the pantry because you’ll need the space for perishable and non-perishable ingredients.
Then head to the guest rooms and bathrooms and give them a thorough clean for your holiday guests.
Don’t forget to go through your closets and declutter them as well. If you have anything that you haven’t used in years, donate or toss it.
You’ll need the room for your guests’ luggage and clothes.
Can’t be bothered with all the cleaning? Then give Amazon Home Services a try.
4. Make a Holiday Gift Budget
Make a list of everyone you’re planning on giving gifts to like your family, coworkers, friends, or school teachers.
Then assign a gift budget for each category. That way, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll be spending and you won’t be stressing over last-minute expenses.
Utilize this free Christmas Planner printable to make everything a seamless experience.
5. Get Your DIY Gifts Ready
DIY gifts take time. So if you’re the type of person that enjoys making their own gifts, then start prepping now.
Buy all the supplies you need to get these projects done ASAP so that when the holidays come along, you won’t be running around looking for these items.
6. Cook Ahead of Time
Obviously, you can’t make a ham or a turkey a month in advance and expect it to taste good.
However, you can prep a meal a night or two before, wrap it up and store it in the fridge until required.
Some items that you can easily reheat include mash potatoes, gravy, pies, and cakes.
Plus, there are a few frozen desserts you can make a week in advance that will taste just as scrumptious as if you made them the very same day.
7. Plan a Holiday Event
Now is the time to start looking online to see if your town is planning on throwing any events.
These could be a social distancing parade or Christmas market. Or you can plan a holiday trip to another city.
You can also just stay home and totally indulge in these great ways to celebrate Christmas without leaving the house.