Hey you guys, Christmas is coming really soon! I know I’m not prepared (either financially or emotionally) and so I’m starting to write lists of what I need to do to make sure everything goes smoothly for the festive season, and I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off, which lets face it, is my default setting. If like me you are a little bit under prepared, here is 3 things to make your life a little easier as Christmas nears
1. Make a list of present ideas for everyone you need to buy for
I try to start this mid July, but this year I’ve fallen well short of the mark and am only just starting to list everyone that needs a gift now. This is putting a bit of strain not only on finances but on my brain as I try to work out who I might have missed…..
Besides partner, kids, parents and close family, remember your neighbours, family friends, teachers, teacher assistants, bus drivers (if like me you rely on a school bus to get your kids to school), secret santa gifts, plus anyone who might be dropping by for a catch up that you’d like to give a gift to. I like to make most of our gifts for friends and family, not only does it save a fair bit of money, it also tells the recipient that you thought of them and what they would like, rather than just buying a box of chocolates (though that is a great standby!)
2. Update your Christmas card list and address book
We write a family letter to go with our Christmas cards, and it’s a tradition that I have carried on from my family. Even when we didn’t have kids it was a great way to keep in touch with our friends and family from all over the world. I love receiving everyone’s Christmas letters, and I know there are plenty of people who enjoy reading ours and getting the reminder we love and miss them, even though we might not see (or even speak to) each other that often.
I am currently in the middle of updating the address list we have and writing some of our Christmas letter. It’s easier to add the last few months news just before you print it, but have everything else ready to go early. If you don’t make/ buy personalised Christmas cards (we order ours with a photo on it these days), then buy some now and start writing so you can send them out in December. It might seem too early, but trust me, you’ll have enough to do when the time comes to be worried about cards and letters!
3. Write down your holiday commitments
Family Christmas lunch check Community party check School concert check. Grab a calendar, open it to December (or print one off the internet) and write down all of the commitments you know of so far. You’d be surprised just how much you have booked already! Between my kids school concert, swimming lessons, end of year wind ups and family catch ups we already have just about every weekend booked! To avoid committing to too much, or double booking yourself, make sure you keep your calendar up to date in the lead up to the silly season. If you are so inclined book your hair/ beauty appointments now so you know you will be able to get in, as I guarantee places are filling fast.
So, what is one thing you are going to do (or are currently doing) to get ready for “the most wonderful time of the year”?