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!
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.
You don’t have to put it all down on paper now. Just start! And when you think of something you need to plan or do for this special season, write it down!
Keep a running list.
I really need lists!
If I don’t have everything 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 I can see what needs to be done for Christmas!
And as I finish something on my list I just love to cross it off! And that feels fabulous!
I will often assign a few tasks to one week in my calendar It just makes these tasks so much for enjoyable than rushing them at the last minute.
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.
Since the pandemic began I think it has been extra special to receive a card of any type.
My Christmas card mantra is, “have them done by Thanksgiving Day”! Do a few every night!
I like to personalize cards so I write a sentence or two just for the receipient.
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 know many companies will sign cards with your name and address the envelopes but I would much rather write a few each evening. I think people who get my cards will notice these extra touches.
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.
You might like to see how to organize and use Christmas ribbons and other pretty things to put on presents HERE. And see how to make my favorite and so so easy Christmas bow too!
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.
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!
You might like to see how I planned this easy, HOLIDAY HOT CHOCOLATE BAR.
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.
This Christmas we will have all our kids and grandbabies and other family too!
Christmas Eve I’ll make CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST CASSEROLE for brunch Christmas day. 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. Most cookie doughs can be frozen and then thawed when you need them. Don’t you love this about cookies?
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!
And when my grandbabies come the oldest three, ages 5, 4 and 3 help me make
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!
I’m going with a very tight neutral color palette with lots of gold 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!
PURGE AND ORGANIZE 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!
This will save you so many headaches!!!
I do this every year in late October or early November. Then what I have is fresh in my mind and at my fingertips as I begin to decorate!
START CHRISTMAS DIY PROJECTS
If you wait until December to start Christmas DIY projects you are probably 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
- HOW TO UPDATE AN OLD WREATH
- BROKEN GLASS ORNAMENT CHRISTMAS BALLS
PLAN CHRISTMAS SEASON OUTINGS
Now is also the time to check out all the fun holiday events planned for your area!
Are there outdoor Christmas tours? How about planning to chop down your Christmas tree as a family?
These little outings are so important to keep the fun, positive spirit of the season alive!
Is the Nutcracker ballet being performed in your area or other live shows you could see? Check online for an updated list.
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!
Many organizations sponsor Christmas giving programs like the
There are my top 10 things to do NOW for Christmas!
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