I want to encourage you all and myself included to start planning for Christmas 2013. If your Christmas is a very simple affair and you have just a few gifts to buy then this may not appeal to you but if your Christmas is anything like mine, full of holiday gatherings, lots of gift giving, baking, wrapping, shopping, cleaning.... You get my drift. December can be a very hectic month. This last year it was especially so for us with the busy schedules in our house. My husband and I vowed to start early this year and I am starting this month in fact.
First have you packed away all of your holiday stuff? If you have straggler items or have picked up some items cheaply at the after after sales, keep a box labeled Christmas that you can stash these items in or do like me and keep a drawer. I have a drawer in an old dresser we have in a closet. I stash any early gifts or really cheap wrap or bows I find. I bought lots of bags, bows and ribbon at a 90% off sale. Many items were 30 cents. I actually have all my wrap and ribbon and bags for this coming year. All bought at rock bottom prices.
How about starting your gift card buying. I try to buy one every month along with my groceries as the markets sell such a variety of cards. This way by December I have eleven cards already bought and paid for. This is a great option for us as we have so many teens and young adults in our family now. They love gift cards.
Grab a little notebook and label it now CHRISTMAS 2013. Start with what you don't want to do again that you did last year. Were you wrapping on Christmas Eve? I did that one year. I hated it and vowed to not do it again. Were you a slave to baking and spending too much time in the kitchen? Maybe bake only two or three favorites in larger quantities. The things your family hopes for each year. That is what I have done. We bake only cut outs, ginger bread men and one other goodie we choose for the year. I just double batches to make sure I have enough.
For me, I left too much shopping to December. I hate shopping so doing it with crowds is misery. My husband helped me out but we vowed to spend a couple days doing all shopping that is left on our lists in the late fall. No shopping after Thanksgiving. Of course buying throughout the year is ideal but there is always the gifts you have to wait to buy like if your family picks names or for stocking stuffers. We will make a date of it. Lunch out and shopping a couple times in the fall.
What do you vow to do differently this year? Let's make a plan for an organized Christmas and do a little each month.