Even though we have not celebrated Thanksgiving yet, NOW is the time to start getting ready 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 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
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!
PUT EVERYTHING DOWN ON A CALENDAR
I like to keep my Master List in my calendar. I’ve tried to keep everything on the calendar on my computer, but I need to write things down… and make extra notes and write in the margins. So, I keep a skeleton list on my computer and a detailed one in a bound daily calendar.
GET CARD SMART
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 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.
Here are some pretty and easy CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS
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 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 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. So, we eat a cozy fireside supper in the evening. 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!
I make STONEGABLE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE every Christmas morning. It’s been a favorite for decades!
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!
PUT AWAY YOUR FALL DECORATIONS
If you are like me, I’m ready to put away my fall decorations by now and keep things paired down for Thanksgiving! Being a blogger, I’m already decorating for Christmas. But I were not blogging, I’d put most of my fall decorations away and keep it simple for Thanksgiving. So when I was ready to decorate for Christmas I would not have to contend with fall decorations too!
You can see an easy TRANSITIONAL VIGNETTE here that would work from now until Thanksgiving and with a few tweaks work through Christmas!
GO THROUGH YOUR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Spend some time going through your Christmas decorations. Purge those 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! This will save you so many headaches!!!
Reading THE BEST CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET is a must! You will thank me!
START DIY PROJECTS NOW
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!
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!
Or how about making this easy NO SEW JOY BANNER
Why not bring up the pinecones and a few greens and lightly decorate. Greens and pinecones can work wonderfully for Thanksgiving too! Decorate a guest room that won’t be used at Thanksgiving. Start doing little things now to make it easier on you in December!
Get some ideas from my CHRISTMAS KITCHEN TOUR
Start today! Put pen to paper and start planning and everyday do one thing!!! Enjoy the process, enjoy your home and enjoy the season!!!!
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