Christmas is only 54 short days away. And although some Grinches think it's still much too early to start thinking about Christmas (like my husband, ahem) I think this is a great time to get a head start so that December can be a time of celebration instead of frustration.
Twelve Things to do this November in preparation for Christmas:
- A really deep clean. Prepare your home for Christmas decorating by getting things spiffy clean. During the busyness of December you will be able to get by with just some maintenance cleaning.
- Get a Christmas photo taken. Whether it's for your Christmas cards, gifts for the grand parents or just for your own records, now is the time to get a family photo taken. If you want to get them done professionally and haven't booked your photographer yet, you may want to do that right now!
- Go to the Salon. Dye your hair, get your eyebrows waxed, do whatever cosmetic things you like to do but won't have a lot of time for during the Christmas rush.
- Finish up any home decor projects that are hanging over your head.
- Buy Christmas outfits for the whole family. Get this out of the way before the malls fill with frantic shoppers. Don't forget that you need something elegant to wear to your Christmas festivities too!
- Set the date for any holiday parties you would like to host and try to send out invites one month prior to the date of the party.
- Stock the pantry with Christmas baking essentials
- Double a couple weeknight dinners and freeze half for busy December days
- Hang outdoor Christmas lights while the weather is still a little less frigid. If you are a
scroogepatient person who likes to wait until December to turn on the festive lights, you could put them up now and not actually turn them on until December 1st.
- Plan your Holiday Gift Giving. Make a list of everyone you need a gift for and brainstorm some gift ideas. Set a budget or extend the limit on your credit card. I was just kidding about that last part!
- Make a Christmas Bucket List. List things you'd really like to do as a family this holiday season and then find time for them on the calendar before it starts to fill up with other events.
- Watch a Christmas movie in your PJ's.