Let it Be Stress-Free Holiday Planning Year!

October is the perfect time to begin preparing for the Holidays (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah & Christmas).  Hanukkah is VERY early this year (November 28, 2021) so prepare earlier than you would for Christmas (if you celebrate both).

                                                To Do the Month of October

☐Make any travel plans during the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Christmas Season.

☐Review your Holiday Decorations.  Haven’t used some in a few years?  Donate.

☐Create or update your Christmas card List.

☐Take Family Christmas Photo or gather your photos from throughout the year.

☐Create your gift shopping list and your budget.

☐Write down your Family Holiday Goals and Events you will be attending.

☐Create a Family Holiday Planning Binder (or clean out your one from last year).  Making

a new one?  Tabs could be:  Planning, Gift List, Activities, Crafts, Recipes, Meals,

Entertaining, Traditions.

☐Schedule any home repairs that are essential.  Don’t do major renovations.

☐Create a Gift Wrapping area and be sure you have supplies needed (paper, ribbons, tape).

☐Create and/or purchase your Christmas Cards.

☐Purchase Stamps.

☐Begin to purchase “Stocking Stuffers”.

☐Define what you want the Holidays to be for your family.

☐Have family members make up their Hanukkah/Christmas wish list.

☐Create a family tradition.  If you have one already, schedule it on the calendar.

 

                                              To Do the Month of November

☐Begin shopping for non-perishable items for Thanksgiving

☐Begin shopping for non-perishable items for Christmas/Hanukkah

☐Begin Christmas/Hanukkah shopping.  Be sure to record purchases and save receipts

☐De-Clutter house … especially guest bedrooms if you are having out of town guests

☐Begin your decorating for Thanksgiving

☐After Thanksgiving – begin decorating for Hanukkah/Christmas

☐Write out your Christmas cards if not preprinted.  Preprinted cards place order

☐Schedule any Babysitters for Holiday parties you are scheduled to attend

☐Plan and schedule Hanukkah/Christmas parties you will host

☐Make some extra meals to freeze for use during the very busy December times

☐Wrap gifts as you purchase them

☐Purchase and wrap extra gifts for those unexpected guests or last minute parties

☐After Thanksgiving, decorate outside your home

☐Purchase any new Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Christmas outfits

☐Set your Thanksgiving Table

☐Be sure there are enough “coasters” on your wooden tables to avoid water marks

☐Clean our the refrigerator to make room for Holiday foods

☐Have children go through toys; pair down and give away to those in need

☐Busy schedules; consider hiring a housekeeper to get home prepared

☐Do your Hanukkah Gift shopping

 

To Do the Month of December

☐Mail Christmas Cards

☐Mail out of town gifts

☐Purchase and decorate Christmas cards

☐Complete your Christmas gift shopping

☐Mail Christmas Party Invites

☐Plan your Christmas menu and shop for items

☐Purchase your fresh wreaths and decorate

☐Purchase gifts for mail person, hairdresser, etc.

☐Complete all inside and outside decorations

☐Mark all Christmas parties and Events on your calendar

☐Bake Christmas Cookies in advance and freeze

☐Consider places you can volunteer and sign up for it

☐Donate items to those in need

☐Deliver Christmas gifts to your neighbors and friends

☐Set table for Hanukkah or Christmas

☐Schedule fun time with family

☐Enjoy the Hanukkah/Christmas season and keep the meaning in the season

☐Take pictures of your decorated rooms so you don’t have to rethink next year

☐Have an “un-decorating” party

BONUS:  WRAP 24 CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOKS.  STARTING DECEMBER 1ST, HAVE YOUR CHILDREN TAKE TURNS UNWRAPPING A BOOK AND READ IT.  BE SURE THE “NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” IS SAVED FOR THE 24TH!

 

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