I know what you’re thinking.. it’s only just been Halloween (and not even Thanksgiving yet if you’re in America) but yes, my Christmas planning is well under way in the middle of November! (I actually casually started late October to be precise but we’ll not mention that)
I have always been the unorganised one when it comes to Christmas- last minute present buying, forgetting someone, you name it I have probably done it. However, I have decided that this is the year to change all of that!
With this being our first ‘proper’ Christmas in our house (we had the house last year but hadn’t fully moved in) it’s only right to start as you mean to go on and so below is how I’m planning on doing Christmas right for the first time and how you can too!
- Start a spreadsheet- I used to chuckle when I heard that people create spreadsheets for Christmas, but honestly it’s my best friend at the moment! I’ve created one for budgeting (it may be Christmas but I never like to spend over my means) where I’ve wrote everyones name and filled in presents I have bought them, including how much it cost. This is SO useful so I don’t forget what I have already bought and know exactly what I have spent.
- I am researching a lot online right now so I can plan what to buy and where is the best place to buy it from. I have a young niece and nephew and so looking for clothes and toys for them can be quite daunting. Therefore instead of wandering aimlessly around shopping centres (and buying things I don’t need) I have been searching online so I know exactly what to aim for when I do go to the shops
- Buy cards/wrapping paper now!! We’ve all been there when it’s two weeks before Christmas and you need to get every family member a card (even you’re twice removed cousin on your dad’s side you have never spoken to) but it seems everyone else in the country is in the same boat as there’s queues out of the door! Therefore buy your cards now to avoid the hour long queues and endless fights!
- Talk about what you’re doing Christmas day. With so many family members to see, Christmas is all about compromise and understanding. We have planned exactly what we are doing on Christmas day, and our families are aware as well. This saves stress on the lead up to Christmas for everyone involved. It is also a positive so that people can plan exactly what food they need to buy and don’t overspend!
Christmas is truly the most magical time of the year so the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the build up! Be present with those around you and enjoy the precious time you all spend together. If everything else goes wrong then just eat lots of food!
House Number 3 x