So Christmas is right around the corner, or maybe right around the block. But that doesn’t mean you can't start preparing now. In fact, getting a jump on things might just spare you a headache down the road.
Soon you’ll be singing along with the chorus of Silver Bells. But before you’re swamped with caroling, cleaning, cooking, shopping, and decorating take some time now to lighten your Christmas load.
If you're not really in the holiday spirit yet, throw on a little Christmas with Bing or better yet National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, quality entertainment no matter what time of year. By the time it's over you’ll be ahead of the Christmas Game.
Start simple, make a list of everyone you want or need to get a gift for. You don’t really need to get a gift for your cousin’s, nephew’s ex-girlfriend. Leave her and other unnecessary people off your list.
By the time Clark is covered in sap you should be ready to move on to brainstorming. Take a look at your list and jot down a few gift ideas, decide if you want to purchase or make gifts for each person listed. If you've drawn a few blanks send out some texts and ask for ideas.
Look through the stash of gifts you have already bought this year and see if anything fits your list. Don’t forget to check the cubbies in the attic.
Check your supplies, do you have wrapping paper, tape, cards? Stock up on this stuff now then you won’t run out when it's needed. Get your family Christmas cards ordered. You can even prepare these now, and wait until later to mail them.
Now, check your December calendar. It probably already has a few dates filled up such as your office Christmas party. Add anything else you have going on, such as when the family is coming and going. Plan special family events as well and get them on the calendar before you run out of available days.
Make a budget and start making plans to save. Christmas can be an expensive time of year, but you can put a plan in place now to help spread the burden out.
Next, get started on a double batch of Christmas cookies or pies, if you prefer. Most Christmas desserts will freeze nicely and will last for months. Cooking is one of the biggest chores during Christmas, so get started now.
Finally, over the next few months, double several of dinner meals and freeze the extras. During those busy December day, you can just pull out a frozen meal and warm it up, saving you many precious hours.
Start preparing for the Christmas season now, and breeze through December like Santa himself, instead of like a Griswold.
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