Planning Ahead For Christmas
Christmas is the time of year associated with love, joy and
goodwill toward men. Until we approach the holiday and reach a
level of stress we didnít realize a human being could reach! In an
attempt to head off the holiday hassle this year, here are a few
tips on creating a personal holiday checklist to make the holidays
go as smoothly as possible.
Be a Perennial Shopper
The first idea isnít always practical for people, but if you
have the time and the means, keep an eye out throughout the entire
year for clearance items or great sales that you can take advantage
of to cut down on your Christmas giving list. In short, it pays to
be a ĎPerennial Shopperí. Store all of the items in one specific
place so that you donít forget you have them! Order Christmas gifts
online to save time and avoid getting mobbed in. If ordering
online, order well in advance to ensure delivery well in time
Sort Out Your Gift List
At the beginning of November, sit down and make out a list of
people you will be giving or sending a gift to. Place the people
who will need their gifts sent through the mail at the top of the
list because you will want to take care of them first. When your
list is complete, itís time to go through the gifts you purchased
throughout the year and assign them to the appropriate people on
your list. Voila! Youíve already whittled away at a few names. If
you have trouble assigning all of your gifts, donít worry. Put the
remaining ones aside and you will find that you either forgot a
name on your list or received an unexpected Christmas present from
someone you should exchange with.
Start with the Card List
The Christmas gift list will be similar to the Christmas card
list, so in late November, you should take the first list and add
the names that need Christmas cards. Take your list and divide it
by five 5. The next five days will be spent preparing the assigned
number of Christmas cards until the list is complete.
Wrap them up!
Buy your Christmas wrap early and keep it easily accessible
somewhere in your home. Every time you return from Christmas
shopping, immediately wrap the gifts and put them away. It will
save so much time in the long run and you donít have to devote an
entire day to completing this task.
Plan Your Grocery Shopping
If you are planning on entertaining during the holiday season,
try to plan out your meals and each time you go shopping, stock up
on the non- perishable items and the frozen items you will need.
Anyone with a family knows that what does not get consumed at a
party will have no problem finding another event for it to be
Also before leaving for shopping, plan ahead the quantity of
groceries that you will need based on the number of people you are
expecting to come over. Take a stock of your Pantry and fill it up
with necessary items.
Prepare Your Home for Guests
Take a critical tour of your home from the point of view of a
third person and make note of things to be fixed or added. Check
the condition and availability of your cooking and baking pots and
pans. Get your appliances serviced and blades and knives sharpened.
If you have a loose electrical switch, get it repaired. You don't
want to be left stranded on the day of a party or dinner. Check
your burners and grates.
These ideas might seem simple, but they can help free up some
extra time and help you to enjoy a smooth holiday season. With
fewer tasks to be accomplished in such a short amount of time, you
can focus on the important aspects of your Christmas celebration.
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