September 5th, 2011 at 5:00 am
By Kim Ross
A friend reminded me that most people only have about 7 paychecks left until Christmas. So, if you haven’t already started saving this helps to spread the hit to your wallet over several months. But, it isn’t just about the money – getting ready for the holidays with little children under your feet adds a whole other dimension. Thinking about Christmas now helps spread our TO-DO list over several months also.
So, what can you do NOW to start putting a dent in your Christmas TO-DO list?
Budget~ Time to figure out all the “extra” money you need to have to make it through the holidays. Remember to include all the extra gifts you forget about, your groceries, and any holiday decorations that need to be added.
Holiday Card~ What kind of design are you thinking of this year? Do you need to get pictures taken? Can you work on it now and order it when a photo site has a sale?
Crafts ~ create a Pinterest Board of craft ideas, start making some of them, or just start writing your list of who needs to receive crafty gifts from your home. This is a great thing to utilize if you want to save a little money over the holidays.
Food ~ Write your list of food you traditionally make for the holiday season or start collecting new recipes. The next couple of months are known for good sales on baking goods so collect them early for the holiday season.
Cleaning ~ Spread your “deep cleaning” and organizing over several months so you just need to spruce the house up in December. This leaves time to actually “enjoy” the holidays.
Clothing ~ What outfits do you need to start accumulating for your family to make it through the whole “season” of Christmas?
Traditions~ Start writing the list of the traditions that you want to make sure and “cover” during the holidays. You don’t want to forget anything, plus if you need to purchase tickets to events, little gifts or other extras you can spread the cost out.
With a little over 100 days to Christmas a little planning will help your holidays go a little smoother!
What have you started doing to make December a little less stressful?
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.