With Thanksgiving, Halloween and Remembrance Day done it is time to start thinking about everything Christmas. As the Christmas season draws near, it’s incredibly important to start planning for all the tasks that need to be executed to have a holly jolly Christmas. Yes, I get the pun! It is time for the ultimate Christmas checklist.
Early preparation is the key to Christmas success, making sure all the important aspects of the holiday season are taken care of well in advance.
One of the best ways to get yourself organized and on the Christmas ball so to speak is to prepare a Christmas checklist.
In the Fall Months (October & November – so now)
- Make a Plan – Now is the perfect time to solidify your Christmas plans. Will you be hosting or travelling elsewhere? Once that has been decided you can make plans from there.
- Create a Christmas Budget – Creating a budget for the holidays will help to ensure you don’t overspend over Christmas months. No one likes to be paying for Christmas after the holidays.
- Add Activities to Calendar – As you find out about school performances, parties and more, add them to a master calendar. Keep the calendar in a central location so you know your schedule and plans quickly.
- Start Baking and Freeze – Anything that can be frozen like bars, bread and cookies are fantastic to make ahead. This will help to ensure that you have desserts on hand for when guests arrive throughout the season.
- Organize Christmas Cards – Now is the best time to determine how many cards you need, and ensure you have updated all your recipient’s addresses.
- Shop for Tags and Wrapping Paper – Starting to purchase your gift wrap and tags early will give you the best selection, preparing you for when it’s time to wrap those gifts.
- Take Your Christmas Card Photo – Get your Christmas card photo taken and ready for creating your personalized Christmas cards.
- Order Christmas Cards – Ordering your Christmas cards ahead of time will ensure that you have plenty of time for them to arrive and lots of time to send them out.
- Plan for Overnight Guests – Consider what you will need for overnight guests and make sure to get your house ready for visitors. Replace old towels and sheets and prepare the sleeping arrangements.
- Make a Master Gift List – Create a list of everyone that you will be purchasing gifts for and general ideas of what to get them. This will help you to save money and time when doing your shopping.
- Start Christmas Shopping – The more presents you buy ahead, the better.
- Wrap Gifts as you Buy – Not only will this save you from the chances of your kiddos finding the gifts before Christmas, but it will totally save you time on Christmas Eve.
- Take Stock of Décor – Go through all the Christmas decorations and take inventory to see if anything needs to be replaced.
- Take Stock of Place Settings – Make sure you have everything you need for special events and meals and make sure to replace anything that may have broken.
- Address and Send Christmas Cards.
Over the Holiday Season – (December)
- Buy a Live Tree – Now is the best time to buy a fresh tree. Just make sure it has enough water so it doesn’t dry out before Christmas. Not into real trees, check the flyers for deals on fake ones.
- Start Traditions – If your family does elf on the shelf or any other exciting Christmas traditions, now is the time to start them! Perhaps you can decide to donate time together as a family helping someone in need.
- Finalize Menus – If you will be hosting a Christmas dinner or party, make sure you have all menus finalized and start a master grocery list.
- Order Turkey – Now is the time to order your turkey, ham or whatever it is you wish to serve for your Christmas meal.
- Mail all Gifts – Any gifts that must be mailed out of town should be done now.
- Get non-perishables – Any canned goods, pantry staples and beverages you will need can be purchased now.
- Deep Clean – Now is the perfect time to make sure your home is clean and organized. In fact, tackling the refrigerator right now will make sure that you have space for the dishes and ingredients you will need to pull off Christmas dinner.
- Stock up on Batteries – There is nothing worse than realizing you don’t have batteries for the kids toys on Christmas morning.
- Shop for fresh Ingredients – A few days before the holidays is the best time to purchase all fresh ingredients you will require for your big dinners, parties and Christmas morning breakfast.
- Set the Table – Setting the table days before the big dinner or party is a fantastic way to save time when the big day comes.
- Start Cooking and Baking
- Charge the Batteries on your Camera or Video Camera
- Finish Last Second Wrapping
- Finish Cooking
- Put out Cookies for Santa
- Relax, listen to Christmas Music and Enjoy the Holiday Season!
Early preparation is the key to Christmas success just make sure to use the ultimate Christmas checklist to ensure you are ready to enjoy the holidays this year. Now, do you want an easy printed list? It is my early Christmas gift to you. Simply grab this pdf and it will keep you on track all season long.
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