Christmas Preparation: Do It Now and Stress Less Later

By Scott Sackin

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Just the other day, I was taken aback by the vast amount of space dedicated to Christmas decorations. It made me think, “Christmas is just a month away!” However, this early display got my wheels turning, and I realized there are several things we can do now to ensure a stress-free holiday season.

To help you stay ahead of the game, I’ve compiled a list of “Do Now and Stress Less Later” Holiday Hints. This way, you’ll be well-prepared without feeling overwhelmed.

Tip #1: Christmas Cards

If you’re planning to send traditional Christmas cards, start shopping now while there’s a variety. If you’re considering a photo card (which 85% of people do), organize a family photoshoot soon. Aim to send out your cards between Thanksgiving weekend and the first of December. Being one of the first in someone’s mailbox increases your chances of receiving a card in return!

Tip #2: Plan Your Party

Considering hosting a holiday gathering? While you don’t need to finalize all the details now, decide on your guest list, pick a date, and send out a “save the date.” This ensures your party is on everyone’s radar and not a last-minute decision.

Tip #3: Decor Inventory

It might sound premature, but consider checking your Christmas decorations this month. List down what you have, what you need, and what you can discard. This way, when items are available in stores, you can grab them while there’s still a good selection. Remember, popular items sell out quickly both in physical stores and online.

Tip #4: Book Holiday Events

Most venues plan their holiday schedules well in advance. Check out your favorite places and book your tickets now. This ensures you get the best dates and seats. Also, keep an eye out for local holiday events. Set reminders to check online listings regularly.

Tip #5: Restaurant Reservations

Many families dine out during the holidays to enjoy the festive atmosphere. With most bookings now online, it’s essential to reserve your spot early. This ensures you’re not left disappointed when your favorite restaurant is fully booked.

In Conclusion

While this list isn’t exhaustive, it’s a starting point to get you thinking. Being proactive now means you can enjoy the holiday season without the usual stress and last-minute rush. Happy planning!


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