NOW is the time to start getting ready for next Christmas! I know the BIG DAY has not arrived this year but there are lots of planning we can do and things we can make and pick up to have merry and not harried Christmas! I’m making a list and checking it twice and doing what’s on it early! Here’s my top 10!
Christmas is in the air! And today is Home Style Saturday so my friends and I would like to wish you a Merriest of Christmases! Visit my HSS blogging friends at the end of this post. A big thank you to Lory at Designthusiam for putting Home Style Saturday together.
Ready to get ready?
#1 TIP CHOOSE A COLOR SCHEME NOW!
If you are like me and like to change up your Christmas colors from year to year NOW is the time to choose the colors you will be using for Christmas this year. This one thing alone will help you plan, coordinate, and execute all the tasks you need to think about and do during the Christmas season!
Here are some of my favorite Christmas color combinations:
- lots of white with a tad of red (I’m using this again this year)
- lots of white and citron green
- black and white with red
- white and gold
- white and silver
- blue and white
- brown and white
- silver and gold
MAKE A MASTER PLAN NOW!
My best advice is to make a master plan for Christmas! Write it all down. Try to think of everything! Cards, food, decor, gifts, entertaining, cleaning schedule, diy’s, gifts, events… and whatever else you can think of.
Keep a running list. I really need lists! If I don’t have it written down something is liable to slip through the cracks and I’ll forget to do it! If I write it down and go over my list daily or more I can see what needs to be done for Christmas!
As you finish one task or “thing” you can cross it off your list! And that feels fabulous!
I use a fabulous site and app called AIR TABLE! I can keep every list altogether! It is amazing. I used to write out my lists but this spreadsheet list that can be color-coded is beyond easy and amazing! You can check out Air Table here! And it is free!
PUT EVERYTHING DOWN ON A CALENDAR NOW!
I like to keep my Master List in my calendar. Again, since I discovered Air Table I have a big calendar. I can even color coordinate it to match my Christmas colors!
THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS CARDS NOW!
My Christmas card mantra is… “have them done by Thanksgiving Day”! Do a few every night! I like to personalize cards I write with a sentence or two, so they are a big labor of love. I also like to handwrite the addresses on the front of my envelopes. That’s just me… it’s those extra little ways to show people I care!
I keep my cards in a basket along with my address book next to my tv watching chair and write them while I watch the news!
If you like to have personalized pictures on your cards, now is the time to plan ahead and make sure you coordinate your plans with everyone who is going to be in your picture. If you like ready made cards, pick them up now they are on sale!
What do you do with all the Christmas cards you receive? I have a great idea for them! See the post below!
WRAP AS YOU BUY
I’ve learned this tips the hard way! Wrapping all my gifts at the last minute is no fun… no fun at all! I love wrapping gifts and making them pretty and special. So, I like to use a guest room and set up a gift wrapping center. Wrap gifts as you buy them and keep an envelope to put all your receipts in.
And because you have chosen a Christmas color scheme you can buy all your gift wrap and ribbon to coordinate! This is the year to have all your gifts wrapped and coordinated before Christmas eve!
Again, I use Air Table to make a gift list and check off the gifts as I buy them. And I can scan and keep the gift receipts right on Air Table too!
For those who love to buy Christmas gifts all year round this is a fabulous idea!
To organize your gift wrap and make a super easy gift wrapping center click HERE. You will love this easy idea!
PLAN A PARTY NOW
Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Plan a party now! Get it on the calendar and set a date for sending send out invitations. Our social calendars can get booked up early.
Don’t fuss! Plan an easy dinner with a mix of great deli food and a few yummy homemade dishes! Set an easy table… or just have friends in for hot chocolate and cookies! It’s all about being together!
If you think you would like to do a cookie exchange or have a cocktail party but can never seem to get it together to do, start NOW! You have a target date and a year to work on it!
PLAN A MENU
I’m already thinking of Christmas dinner! Every year we have a huge brunch mid-morning and I put out hors-d’oeuvres in the afternoon. In the evening we eat a cozy fireside supper. I’m already looking for a supper that is easy to make ahead so I’m freed up to enjoy Christmas day without a lot of fussing in the kitchen!
You should start early and plan so you are not a slave to your kitchen during Christmas. I know this sounds so eary, but do it now when Pinterest and blogs are brimming with Christmas fare. Choose several recipes and give them a try over the course of the coming year. Then pick “the one” and you will be ready!
I make STONEGABLE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE every Christmas morning. It’s been a favorite for decades!
I even plan what cookies I’ll make the dough up ahead when next Christmas rolls around. My favorite Christmas cookies are MY BEST SUGAR COOKIES. I make up the dough in late October and freeze it until I’m ready to bake the cookies. YUM! So have them in the freezer when its closer to Christmas and you are ready to bake!
PURGE AND PUT AWAY THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Being a blogger, I start decorating for Christmas by the first week in November. And even though I love Christmas I’m ready to put it all away by the New Year.
Go through all your Christmas decorations and toss out what is tired and worn and give away the Christmas decor you don’t use anymore. What is left box up in smaller clear boxes and label the contents on the box. You will be SO THANKFUL next Christmas!
FIND DECOR FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS
If you need a box of Christmas balls or a new tree or a stocking to hang NOW is the time to get new Christmas decor. Prices are slashed! Today I was looking for a few things for next year and got 70% off the retail price. Whoo-Whoot!
START CHRISTMAS DIY PROJECTS NOW
If you wait until next December to start Christmas diy projects you are already too late! Start those great diy’s you want to do for Christmas now! The earlier you start a project the more likely you are going to fininsh it!
You might want to try your hand at BLEACHED PINECONES this year. They are so beautiful and easy to do and one of my most popular diy posts!
DO A LITTLE BIT NOW AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Keep Christmas spirit in your heart all year by doing a little bit of the Christmas things on your Master List once a week until Christmas!
Here’s what you will find me doing…
- buying gift wrap and ribbons and tags
- wrapping “fake” boxes to have ready to use as decorations
- purging my Christmas stash
- letting family know that this Thanksgiving we are taking Christmas pictures (this get postponed this year so no family pictures. Boo-Hoo!!!!!)
- finding great Christmas ideas on Pinterest and making a Christmas 2019 board
- Making personal gift tags
- making a tutu for Emma Kate
- planning a cookie exchange
- planning a girl’s Christmas luncheon
- buying a few gifts and putting them where I can find them for next year. Here’s a tip… take a picture of the and where you put them.
Start today! Put pen to paper or use a site like Air Table and start planning and start by doing one thing!!! Enjoy the process, enjoy your home and enjoy the season all year!!!!!