Take Charge of Your Holiday Season

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Take Charge of Your Holiday Season

I don’t know about you, but for me, once we pass Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays sort of all run together in a blur of hustle and bustle. We can barely get rid of all of the Thanksgiving leftovers before it’s time for another party and another party, and then a huge Christmas dinner and then blink and the New Year is upon us. So with that in mind, I decided last year to be a bit more organized and methodical in my methods of getting through the holiday season this year. This year I intend to enjoy the season without getting overwhelmed and spending most of my holiday season cooking, cleaning, shopping and stressing. Big emphasis on not “stressing!” This year my goal is to help you Take Charge of Your Holiday Season…Noooow!

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In order to get a head start on the holidays, I have already begun the planning and have even executed some of my plans. Here is my plan. You will notice I have included dates of completion. With dates in place, I will not have the option to procrastinate. I have a set dates of completion and I “must” meat my deadlines. The secret is to be true to your list and stick to your plan.

Task Date to Complete Done
Set Up and Stick to A Holiday Budget. Include meals (Thanksgiving dinner & Christmas dinner and food for any parties you will be hosting) in your budget. As well as gifts and miscellaneous items (wrapping paper, Christmas cards, postage, etc.) October 15, 2016  x
Pick up/order Christmas Cards October 25, 2016  x
Find out what family members want for Christmas October 31, 2016  x
Plan Thanksgiving Menu November 5, 2016  x
Make a realistic Christmas Gift List (be as true to your budget as you possibly can & stick to it). Remember this is a realistic Christmas Gift List, not a dream list. November 10, 2016  x
Address Christmas Cards November 15, 2016  
Shop for Thanksgiving Dinner November 20, 2016  
Prep food for Thanksgiving Dinner November 24 & 25, 2016  
Enjoy Thanksgiving Day w/Family November 26, 2016  
Christmas Shopping Trip 1 November 27, 2016  
Wrap Christmas gifts Purchased on Shopping Trip 1 November 30, 2016  
Complete online Christmas shopping (complete online shopping early so you will not have to stress over late deliveries) December 3, 2016  
Christmas Decorating w/Family (it’s time to deck the halls. This includes the tree and any outside decorating you may do) December 4, 2016  
Mail Christmas Cards December 5, 2016  
Complete guest list for Christmas party at home (if you are hosting one) December 7, 2016  
Send eVite for Christmas Party December 8, 2016  
Christmas Shopping Trip 2 December 8, 2016  
Order heavy hor d’oeuvres trays (no need to try to cook everything yourself). Remember no stress December 10, 2016  
Christmas Party December 18, 2016  
Wrap Christmas Gifts Purchased on Shopping Trip 2 and all other gifts that may have accumulated December 20, 2016  
Attend one Christmas Party (you cannot accept ALL invites) On or before December 20, 2016  
Shop for Christmas Dinner December 22, 2016  
Prep Food Christmas Dinner December 23 & 24, 2016  
CHRISTMAS DAY (Family & Close Friends) Gift Giving December 25, 2016  
Prepare New Year’s Day Dinner December 31, 2016  
Watch Night Service at Church (News Year’s Eve Celebration) December 31, 2016  
NEW YEARS DAY – Relax the day away with family January 1, 2016  

Of course, your list will be different from mine. You may need to substitute prepping and cooking with travel. Perhaps you no longer send Christmas cards via snail mail, by all means adjust your list to suit your holiday style, but do make a list and stick to it. Notice that on my task list, there are free days in there where nothing is scheduled. Use these days to have fun and simply enjoy the season.  Planning ahead will leave you some much needed quiet days to truly enjoy the holidays with your love ones. It will also help you to slow down and just breathe and not feel so overwhelmed. This year I would like to have warm and cozy memories of the holiday season instead of remembering how rushed and stressed I felt. Isn’t that what the season is actually all about?

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While making your list, include a day for just “you.” Maybe schedulel an appointment at the spa to have a massage and/or mani/pedi. Finish your shopping early and spend some time in the Christmashustle and bustle with your spouse just window shopping while holding hands and watching everyone else rushing about at the last minute. While you are engaged in people watching, be sure to look at their faces. I promise you if they are stressed and rushing around, they will not be smiling and enjoying the holiday decorations. They will be in panic mode and the stress will show in their faces. You do not want that to be you-not this year!

How about a relaxed movie night with your Christmasfamily, or a night with the family where everyone chips in and helps to prep for dinner for the big day(s). Bake cookies, not because you have to because of an event you may have forgotten or been coerced in to. You may even want to include the entire family in on making your holiday checklist. Delegate some of the responsibilities that normally fall on you. Unless you’re a stickler for perfectly wrapped gifts (I confess, I am) wouldn’t it be fun to make it a family affair and perhaps have an assembly line around the table? Of course it would:

  • one person can wrap
  • someone else can add the bows
  • another person can add the tags

All while sipping hot chocolate or a glass of wine if you’re of age, and listening to Christmas music. Just make it fun and RELAXING. In the end we all need to remember the reason for this season. Whether you believe in the Christ in Christmas, as I do, or believe it is just a time for family and friends, enjoy your holidays without stress. Enjoy the season by taking control of your time.

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How do you organize your holidays? Do you use lists? Do you enlist  the help of family members?

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About Clearissa Coward

I am a lifestyle blogger with an emphasis on organization and redesign. I am professional and personal organization consultant with a flare for design on a dime. There are times however, when I delve into the realm of love, life, family, friendships, feelings, fantasy and the reality of life. My website is a conglomerate which includes, Divinely Organized – Professional & Personal Organization & Redesign, Customized Virtual Business Solutions (CVBS) – a full service virtual assistant business, and Clearissa’s Avon Boutique – a 24/7 shop till you drop skin care/glam site where the focus is on looking and feeling good. I also often metamorphosis into My Soulful Life where feelings and not facts are at the forefront. Although there are several tendrils to my business, they are all centered around living an uncluttered, successful and feel good life. I am blogging about my passions. Join me on my journey.


Comments

Take Charge of Your Holiday Season — 27 Comments

  1. I love a good plan! I usually plan out the holidays, but I don’t set date deadlines. So I’ll try that this year especially with Christmas right around the corner.

  2. Hi Ayanna,

    Thank you for visiting. I love a good plan as well. And I also love a list. Let me know how this works out for you. I would love to hear whether or not adding deadlines helps to keep you on track Stop by again.

  3. Hi Candy,

    I’m glad you stopped by. Yes to me, once you hit Halloween, there is no reprieve. Heck, they begin playing Christmas music in October now a days and the Christmas movies are already on the Hallmark channel. So I believe we have to take control ourselves because retail is outta control. Please stop by again and I hope the post helps you.

  4. Hi Kathleen,

    How blessed are you to get to go to your daughter’s this year. I am trying to pass the torch to my daughter but she is a bit hesitant. She’s afraid she can’t do it. But I am trying to instill the confidence. I keep telling her that it’s all in the planning. Enjoy family this holiday season and please stop by again.

  5. Love that you have a plan. Now you can deviate from it, but it is there to come back to and guide you. Have a wonderful holiday season.

  6. Hi Karen,

    You made me laugh. Hopefully I won’t deviate too far away from my plan. 🙂 So much to do, so little time. Thank you for reading along. Be sure to join our weekend linky party at Blogging Grandmothers. I think you will enjoy it.

  7. Hi Candy,

    Awwww shucks!!! You are making me blush. Thank you so much for the compliment. I hope my posts are helpful. Let me know how it works out for you. Enjoy your holiday.

  8. Hi Debbie,

    I love it when a plan comes together. And I have spent too many holidays stressed out and running around to the point that I did not enjoy the holiday or family time together. I vowed a few years back…well actually once the grands came along, to find a different way and I found planning to be the best way for me. Thanks for always being so positive. Be sure to join our weekend linky party at Blogging Grandmothers. I think you will enjoy it.

  9. That’s quite a list you have there! I am not that organized but if I followed your list I’m sure I’d be less stressed. Those 4 holidays sure do run together.

  10. Great tips Clearissa and I love the idea of making a day for yourself. It can be so busy at this time of year and a day of self care will certainly help.

  11. Goodness, you are organized, Clearissa!! I have discovered I LOVE Bealls wrapping service! They wrap free! So, I’m almost done with my whole list! And it’s wrapped!! Whee!
    I do have a few handmade gifts to finish. But I’ve got over a month! Easy peasy!
    OR not, then another trip to Bealls! They have clearance, and coupons ALL the time!
    I quit sending out Christmas cards over 5 years ago. Such a stress RELIEF!!
    Blogging Grandmothers

  12. It’s a great idea to have a checklist. Seeing your organizational skills makes me nervous. It’s only November 18, and I’m already FREAKING OUT about not having completed any shopping.

  13. I am sipping a big mug of hot chocolate and christmas music is softly playing in the back ground. Just relaxing and enjoying the evening before another hectic day tomorrow.

  14. I’m like you Clearissa I need to be organised so I can enjoy the Festive Season and not feel like it is a chore. You certainly have everything covered so thanks for compiling an easy to follow list. Blogging Grandmothers Link Up

  15. Awww thank you Sue. I am happy you enjoyed the list. If you have any good ideas…I would love it if you would share. See you next week at Blogging Grandmothers Link up. 🙂

  16. Hi Melinda,

    Yes a plan and a budget. 🙂 You can do it. Lots of folks no longer send Christmas cards. I simply love receiving them and in order to get them, I keep sending them. lol However, I will admit, it is becoming a lost art.

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