* This article was originally published on Simply Laura Leigh *
October is here and fall is in the air, which means that we’re only a few weeks away from the craziness of the Christmas season!! Are you dreaming of finally having a stress-free Christmas that you can actually enjoy?? It really comes down to two simple things, planning way in advance and getting (almost) everything done before December.
It really is that simple. If you leave all of your Christmas planning until the first week of December you’ll only have three short weeks to get everything done. Which means you’ll find yourself running around stressed out, exhausted and missing out on all the fun activities!
Last month I put out a list of 16 things to do in September. This month I have a list of 10 things to do in October for a stress-free Christmas along with a free printable checklist! Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to get your free checklist!
Write Christmas cards – If you’re not sending out photo cards then you can go ahead and get all of your cards written now. Just make sure to save a few extra cards you can fill out later for any last-minute cards for teachers, coworkers, ect.
Address and stamp envelopes – Once you finish writing your Christmas cards, address them and add a stamp to each envelope, add the cards. Put them in a safe spot until you mail them out in November. CONGRATULATIONS you’ve finished your Christmas cards and its one less thing you need to worry about!!!!
*If you are using holiday photos for your Christmas cards and you won’t have them until the end of October or early November don’t worry, just get them addressed and stamped as soon as you receive them!
Holiday Party or Christmas dinner
Plan holiday party guest list – If you’re hosting a holiday party or Christmas dinner write down a list of everyone you would like to invite. Once you have your list start talking to those people about what their holiday plans are and if they expect to be in town or not. You don’t need to confirm
Buy holiday plates, napkins, disposable silverware – Buy all of this stuff early while there is still plenty of selection and you don’t end up with mismatched items. Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, and Costco are my go-to places for all my table and servingware. They always have great holiday-themed items at great prices.
Begin planning holiday meals – Are you planning on doing a buffet-style meal or sit down, or are you just going to have an assortment of finger foods? Get an idea of what you want to do now and write down a list of foods you would like to serve ( you can always adjust later if you need to ). If you plan on making any new dishes take the time now to experiment while you still have time to adjust your menu if something doesn’t work out.
If you need to order food, platters, or desserts make a list of those items and where you need to order them from now so once November comes around you can place your orders.
If you’re like me and you wait until AFTER Thanksgiving to decorate, you’re only left with a small window of time to turn your house into a Christmas wonderland. Prepping your decorations early is key to getting it all done without losing your mind.
Go through your decorations – Toss any broken items and get rid of things you’re not going to be using this year. If you have decorations that are still in good condition but you no longer want then now is a great time to try and sell them on places like Facebook marketplace. Once you’re done going through your decorations make sure you store them in a place that you can easily access for when it comes time to decorate.
Make a list of decorations you need and look out for sales – Christmas items start to go on sale in October and the good stuff tends to sell out fast. So make a list of what you want so you can snatch it up as soon as the sales start.
Things To Continue doing
- Keep Working on DIY gifts
- Continue to update your Christmas gift list and look for sales
- Update your calendar with any new holiday events
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