How You Can Prepare For Christmas In Fall
Christmas is supposed to be one of the most joyful times of the year, but we all know that it’s actually one of the most stressful. It’s expensive and there are a thousand and one things to do. Regardless, it’s one of the most joyous times of the year.
Here are a few tips on how you can start planning early for Christmas to reduce your stress levels in December.
Make A Budget
Christmas is the time of year where you tend to go a little overboard. If you start shopping late, it’s as though something in your brain snaps and you start throwing your credit card around wildly.
Next thing you know, you’ve made a thousand purchases that you don’t really need.
As early as you can, it’s important to make a budget. Decide how much you want to spend on gifts for each person, on your kids’ Christmas stockings, and on items like food and Christmas decorations.
Then line it up alongside your usual monthly budget. It might be time to start cutting back a little so that you can save a little cash. That means your January credit card bill won’t come as such a nasty shock.
Start Purchasing Gifts
Buying gifts for your loved ones is supposed to be fun. It is but, unless you know exactly what to get them – and thank goodness for people who make specific requests – it can also be pretty difficult.
If you find that you have a blank mind when it comes to thinking about what to buy for people, research Christmas gift ideas online. Even if you don’t find the perfect item, it might just spark off other ideas in you.
You could also try thinking about the hobbies that your loved ones have – a golfer might enjoy a gift card to their favourite sporting goods store, for example.
Decide On Your Homemade Projects
If you love crafts, fall and winter is probably your favourite time of year. From the glorious colours of fall – crimson, ochre, fiery orange – to handmade Christmas cards and table decor, this time provides you with a thousand opportunities to be crafty.
So why not start now?
Start googling how to make a Christmas wreath, how to knit little Christmas jackets for your dogs or how to personalize your Christmas stockings.
You’ll be well prepared by the time December rolls around.
What About Christmas Day?
Finally, start to make the physical arrangements for Christmas Day. Don’t forget Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day and all the days in between that you’re off work.
Knowing where exactly your family members intend on being over Christmas means that it will be easier for you to budget.
If you find out that your entire extended family is intending to stay at your house for a week on December 20th, there’s a good chance your head might explode from the stress.
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A couple of extra guests are fine, but ask for a ballpark figure so you can start planning.
I’m starting to do this already because I know how stressful it can be if you don’t plan ahead. Christmas is my favourite holiday (I’m a Christmas baby after all) and I love to prepare for Christmas in the fall to enjoy it to the fullest when it comes.
Planning this time of year is key to making Christmas a stress-free success – good luck!
Do you have any extra tips that can help?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.