Here are 15 ways to perfectly plan your Christmas ahead of time; this is all you need to know.
Most people experience some form of anxiety when the festive season approaches, be it decorations, shopping for clothes and food, or any other thing you can think of.
Given how much workload Christmas brings, it is always advisable to plan way ahead of time to reduce the stress levels on yourself when it finally arrives. As the saying goes “He who fails to plan, plans to fail”. Let us take you through 15 ways to plan for the Festive season way ahead of time.
1. Create A Budget:
You have to take your time and pen down how much you can afford to spend during the festive season. This could go a long way to reduce the financial burden that will befall during the season. Be as detailed as possible.
Assign monetary values to your expenses, for example, $120 for gifts, $50 for Decorations, $60 for dinner, etc. By creating a budget early on, you can save a lot to support your expenses.
2. Make a list of the Gifts to Purchase:
You know how the prices of goods and services shoot up during the festive right? It is better to start buying your gifts now before then. Make a list of the gifts you would like to buy and begin buying them. This could make your budget even better. Remember to make some room for surprises on the list.
3. Where Will You Spend the Holidays:
Where to spend the holidays is very important for you to consider as it can determine your overall expenditure. You have to decide on the events to attend, where you will travel to, who you’re going to visit etc.
4. Prepare the Home for Guests:
If you are normally the hostess for your friends and family, you’ve got to start preparing the house for the gathering. Renovations to rooms such as the bathroom, the kitchen, and guest rooms should begin and be ready by December.
Keep the guest rooms fitted with fresh towels and bedsheets. Make sure you’ve got adequate supplies of essentials like tissues, soaps, toothbrushes, etc.
5. Do a Recap of the Previous Year’s Christmas:
Ask yourself how last year’s holidays went, what did you do right? What did you do wrong? How can I improve on it? Did you send out Christmas too early or too late? A recap is definitely what you need.
6. Take Christmas Card Pictures:
Your Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a card photo. You can do it yourself by taking your time to scout a very nice location. Get the family together and take as much as you can.
This gives you multiple shots to choose from for your Christmas card. This also gives you the chance to save as well.
7. Stock your storage:
What can you buy now that would cost you much more later? Is it ornaments, Christmas tree, Christmas lights, napkins, wrapping paper, new carpets, stockings etc. You can save a lot by purchasing these items well before Christmas.
8. Choose Charity:
Aside from the celebrations, Christmas is also a time to put a smile on someone’s face after a long year of hardship. You can try something new, pick a stranger from anywhere and make this Christmas a memorable one for him or her.
Remember, stay within your budget.
9. Start a Group Text:
This is the time to contact all the stakeholders involved in the festive season celebrations. Get down details in advance so that you won’t have to worry about any last-minute changes. Set dates, times, and locations and be sure to know who is bringing what way before Christmas.
10. Plan Your Menu:
You cannot just go around eating whatever you like just because it’s Christmas. No! You have to plan for what you will eat, taking into account your health and your body’s goals. Every detail must be listed down. What to eat, what not to eat, whether you’d try something new, what you’re going to try etc.11. Try Something New:
Take your time now to research and buy the needed supplies for your new tradition. Here are a few examples of holiday traditions that you can try out; doing the DIY or the Cocktail White Elephant exchange, Elf on the shelf, or cooking a themed dinner or breakfast. Don’t wait till Christmas, start now.
12. Organize Your Decorations:
You have to eliminate broken and faulty lights. Make sure you do this, months before time. Buy new lighting systems if you have to and come up with what works best for you. Make this festive season one remember.
13. Make Travel Arrangements:
If your family is spread out across towns, states, or continents, then making travel arrangements is exactly what you need. You have to first decide where Christmas will be spent so that everyone can make the necessary preparations to be there.
You can also add any activities planned to their calendar as well. You can also arrange for hotel accommodations should they require one.
14. Send out Invitations:
Make sure your friends and loved ones are aware, you’re hosting Christmas Day. It is never too early to send out invitations. You need to know the exact number of people coming in. You wouldn’t want to prepare for several people and learn later on that they’ve already got other invites.
You need to find out if any of the guests have any food allergies to prepare adequately for them.
15. Breathe and Relax:
We all know how stressful the festive can be, but once you have followed all the tips given above, you should be good to go. Take your time and follow the tips and I can assure you Christmas will always be a memorable season for you.
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