Early Prepping For The Thanksgiving And Christmas Holidays
A Cozy Lifestyle with Clearissa Coward
Early prepping for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays can help you reduce stress, save time, and fully enjoy the festive season. Here are some steps to consider for early holiday preparation.
Create a Holiday Calendar:
- Make a list of all the important dates and events during the holiday season, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other celebrations specific to your family or culture.
- Be sure to include the following
- Office parties
- Kids’ holiday programs at school
- Don’t forget to schedule some “me time” as well
- Set a Budget:
- Determine how much you can afford to spend on gifts, decorations, and food. Create a detailed budget to help you stay on track.
- A budget is very important as is beginning the process early will also help to stay on track. Starting early means you will not be last-minute; stress shopping and you will also have time to catch sales
- Make Gift Lists:
- Start brainstorming and creating lists of potential gifts for family and friends. Consider their interests and preferences. Shopping early can help you find great deals.
- A great idea is to have family members and close friends start an Amazon wish list. With a wish list to choose from, you can be certain to buy them something they really want.
- Begin Gift Shopping:
- Start buying gifts well in advance to avoid the last-minute rush. As I said earlier, starting early will give you the time to catch sales and discounts and take advantage of online shopping.
- Be sure to download my free gift-giving form to keep you organized and on top of your gift-giving. You can find the free gift here.
- Plan Menus:
- For Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, plan your menus. Make a list of ingredients you’ll need and check your pantry for staples you already have.
- If you are expecting guests to contribute to the meal, you will need to let them know in advance so they also have time to prepare.
- Decorate Early:
- If you enjoy decorating for the holidays, start early. This can be done gradually to spread the work over a few weeks.
- Send Invitations:
- If you plan to host holiday gatherings, send out invitations or save the dates early to ensure your guests can mark their calendars. Remember your calendar is not the only one to overflow during the holiday season.
- Prepare Homemade Gifts:
- If you like to make homemade gifts or decorations, start early. Crafting can be a fun and creative way to prepare for the holidays.
- Organize Travel Plans:
- If you will be traveling, make reservations and plan your itinerary in advance. This helps secure the best deals on flights and accommodations.
- Check Your Decorations and Lights:
- Ensure your holiday decorations and lights are in working order. Replace any broken or burnt-out bulbs.
- Donate and Declutter:
- Before the holidays, declutter your home and donate items you no longer need. This can also make space for new gifts.
- Create a Wrapping Station:
- Designate an area in your home for gift wrapping. Gather all necessary supplies, such as wrapping paper, ribbons, and tape.
- Plan for Holiday Cards:
- If you send out holiday cards, start preparing your list and addressing envelopes early. This can be a time-consuming task.
- Make a Cleaning Schedule:
- Plan a cleaning schedule for your home to ensure it’s tidy and ready for guests during the holiday season.
- Be sure to download my free cleaning folder as well.
- Schedule Time for Self-Care:
- Don’t forget to schedule time for self-care and relaxation during the busy holiday season. It’s important to take breaks and reduce stress.
- I like to sneak away for a massage and/or facial during the holiday season. That self-time keeps me focus
Early preparation for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays can make the entire season more enjoyable and less hectic. By breaking down tasks and tackling them ahead of time, you can create a warm, festive atmosphere for your family and friends to cherish. And you can actually relax and enjoy your holidays as well.
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Until next time…I remain in my Element – God Bless!
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