Imagine what it will be like when you have to shop for Christmas, organize Christmas parties, choose some Christmas songs, and manage holiday travel all during the Christmas time along with managing your work schedule. If you start planning now, by the time Christmas comes, you will be done with everything that needs to be done. But to do so, you have to first take care of the following things:
Decide Your Christmas Budget and Arrange Funding
A number of people buy gifts through their credit cards during Christmas and spend the entire next year making payments for the same. Make sure you know what your budget is before you start the Christmas shopping. Try to make per person budget and pre-decide how much you want to spend on them.
Don’t Waste Time and Get Your Christmas Cards Soon
Imagine the relief when you will find out that all your Christmas photo holiday cards are ready by Thanksgiving. Set a target date and finish all your Christmas card ideas by then. However, do not try to do everything in a single day.
Try to Make Homemade Gifts
Personalized gift items can be memorable and much more special for your loved ones. This is because they will realize how much time you have invested in making them. But people often skip this idea because it takes a lot of time to make them and complete them on time. Hence, brainstorming, planning in advance, and making these gifts way before Christmas is a great idea to start with.
If You Are OK with Christmas Lists, Get Them from People
If you know people who do Christmas lists, contact them and get theirs too. It is a lot less tedious if you have an early start and that can only be done if you have a prewritten Christmas to-do list.
Look for Sale Items in the Market
Pick up every Sunday’s morning paper and look for sales for a few months in advance. It will give you the chance to go through the coupons and ads; and in case there is an item from your list, you know where to buy it from at a discount price. Otherwise, you will rush to the market on 24th December and buy stuff at much higher prices because you had no time to look for discounts. Your goal should be finishing your Christmas shopping by the end of November to have some free time for other holiday stuff.
Stack up the Freezer
Filling up the freezer with great meals will help you get some free time during the holiday season. You can either prepare some extra portions every day and freeze them, or take out an entire day for just cooking and freezing meals.
Learn How to Say No and Offer People Other Possible Choices When Needed
During Christmas, many people are stuck with doing things they usually do not want to do. So, start saying “no” to things that will induce stress during the holiday season. If saying no is difficult, find an alternative solution.