It’s not too early to think about Christmas! Actually, now is the perfect time to start your Christmas to-do list and check it twice. Today let’s talk about 10 important things to do now for Christmas!
We don’t have to dump a sleigh of Christmas decoration on our homes just yet but there are lots of planning we can do and things we can make to have a 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!
MAKE A MASTER PLAN AND CHRISTMAS CALENDAR
My best advice is to make a master plan for the Holiday season! Write it all down. I like to use the back of my planning notebook to keep all my Christmas plans together
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 will often assign a few tasks to one week in my calendar (in my LEUCHTTURM BULLET JOURNAL HERE). And you can do the same too!
One thing that has helped me immensely in the last year a bullet journal. If you want to see more about the easy system I use go to STAY ORGANIZED WITH BULLET JOURNALING.
THINK ABOUT HOLIDAY CARDS NOW
It’s time to think about Christmas cards! If you want to send cards with personal pictures on them NOW is the time to take pictures and pick the design of your card etc.
We took pictures on the front porch of StoneGable the last weekend we were all together there and I’m planning on using them on our Christmas cards this year!
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!
What do you do with all the Christmas cards you receive? I have a great idea for them…
WRAP AS YOU BUY
I’ve learned these 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.
To organize your gift wrap and make a super easy gift wrapping center click HERE. You will love this easy idea!
PLAN A CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER NOW
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. Plan a party now! Get it on the calendar and 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!
PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY MENUS
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. Then we eat a cozy supper in the evening.
We have CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST CASSEROLE for brunch. I’ve made this for over 25 years! It’s a must at the brunch table!
I’ll be making our favorite HOLIDAY BEEF BRISKET for Christmas dinner this year. It’s a make-ahead dish so I’ll be freed up to enjoy Christmas day without a lot of fussing in the kitchen! AND it’s company worthy!
I even plan what cookies I’ll be making and make the dough up ahead. My favorite Christmas cookies are MY BEST SUGAR COOKIES. I make up the dough and freeze it until I’m ready to bake the cookies. YUM!
TRANSITION DECOR FROM FALL TO CHRISTMAS
Start thinking about Christmas decorations! Yes, already! Start daydreaming about how you want to decorate this year.
Every year I start with a color scheme! Nothing will make your decorations look more beautiful than every holiday thing in your home working together!
In our new Tanglewood house, I’m going with a very tight neutral color palette with lots of silver this year! Now I can start shopping for things like wrapping paper and ribbons and gift tags.
As fall turns towards Thanksgiving I begin to take down most of my fall decor and put it away. I love just a few touches of late fall decor in my home in November! Doing this also makes putting fall decor away when it is time to decorate for Christmas so much easier!
GO THROUGH YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
Spend some time going through your Christmas decorations. Purge those items that are tired or no longer being used and make sure you know where your important things are like your Nativity, stockings, tree skirt, and Christmas lights are! This will save you so many headaches!!!
I do this every late October. Then what I have is fresh in my mind as I begin to decorate!
Reading THE BEST CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET is a must! You will thank me!
This is an O-L-D post but the content is great!
START A CHRISTMAS DIY PROJECT
If you wait until December to start Christmas diy projects you are already too late! Start those great diy’s you want to do for Christmas now!
Here are a few Christmas DIY projects you might like to try…
- WHITE CLOTHESPIN SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS
- BLEACHED PINECONES
- SPARKLY STAR PINECONE ORNAMENTS
- BROKEN GLASS ORNAMENT CHRISTMAS BALLS
- FROSTED MASON JAR LANTERNS
- CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR SIMMERING POTPOURRI
PLAN CHRISTMAS SEASON OUTINGS
If you want to go to the local offering of the Nutcracker Ballet or the lighting of your town Christmas tree or a Christmas convert plan for it now!
Get tickets, make reservations and put it on your calendar now! You will be so happy you got to be a part of all the fun seasonal festivities!
Many cities have an online event calendar of all the great things going on in your area!
GIVE TO YOUR FAVORITE CHARITIES
Last but CERTAINLY not least, decide on the charities you want to give to or volunteer at over the Christmas holidays!
Now is the time to plan your giving and even give early! Check out ways you can help others!
There’s my top 10 things to do NOW for Christmas! What will you be working on today?