If you start to plan for Christmas early you can avoid a lot of Christmas stress. It only takes a small amount of time each month to be ready by the time the holidays are here.
Christmas stress is often caused by feeling rushed to get everything done. You have presents to buy, a house to decorate, food to cook, parties to attend, and so much more.
We end up so busy with the stuff we end up not enjoying Christmas. Planning ahead for Christmas helps reduce this stress and gives us more time during the holiday season to actually enjoy it.
How early you start is up to you but the earlier the better!
Ways to Plan for Christmas Now
Do your research.
Start researching what you want to do this year. Think about last year and what everyone enjoyed. Also, start making a list of what you need to do before Christmas. If you want more help in this area, be sure to read A Stress-Free Christmas: A Complete How-To Guide. It will walk you through all the steps.
Create a Christmas planner.
Being organized is key so be sure you have everything written down and organized. The best way to do this is with a Christmas planner. You can just use a notebook or a normal planner. If you want to be really organized and have some of the work done for you check out my Christmas planner.
Start saving money.
Saving a little bit of money all year is so much easier than trying to find all of it in your budget in December. Now is also a great time to start a side-hustle. You can use this extra income to build your Christmas budget without taking money from your regular budget.
Watch for Christmas in July sales.
You will often see sales for great gifts and even some decor in July. Balsam Hill has done really good Christmas in July sales in the past on their trees and other Christmas decor. If you are wanting new decor this year this will be the best time to buy until after the holidays. Don’t forget to check out the Hallmark ornament debut in July as well. There are often great offers and coupons available for the debut.
Decluttering a little at a time can be a lot easier than saving it until we get close to Christmas and rushing around to get it done. It’s nice to have a decluttered and organized home before the holidays. We always end up with more stuff around the holidays and we don’t want to just add to a disorganized mess.
If you like to make homemade gifts it’s easiest to work on them throughout the year. At least have your plan done very early.
Starting to get ready for Christmas ahead of time make take some getting used to but once you get in the habit you will be glad you did.
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