Organizing and Preparing for Christmas!

It is really hard to believe that Thanksgiving was just 4 days ago and Christmas is a little over 3 weeks 20141129_215629away AND I’m not ready … at least with my shopping. I have purchased two gifts thus far but have still a whole list to go. Last night I sat down to begin putting together my dinner menu for Christmas Eve. Being polish we have a dinner celebration called Wigilia. But a few years ago, I decided to try different culture’s traditions. I have a friend who is Norwegian and her family joins us on Christmas Eve. So we did a Norwegian Christmas Eve. Last year we did Italian. This year I was thinking perhaps British and trying those Yorkshire Puddings. My menu is partially done but not 100% decided yet.

But there are other chores and tasks that need to be accomplished so your Christmas can be a success. So I’ve made a list, checked it twice and hope it will make your load lighter!

  • Decide on your budget for Christmas gifts.
  • Make your Christmas gift-shopping list. Remember keeping track of what you buy family and friends each year is helpful. Also, track what you spend.
  • Schedule your shopping days but consider doing some “on-line” shopping.
  • Decide on a place for storing all your Christmas shopping receipts.
  • Purchase wrapping paper, Christmas cards and stamps.
  • Wrap gifts as you purchase them.
  • Purchase and wrap “on hand” gifts for unexpected guests.
  • Write out your Christmas cards.
  • Take your family Christmas photo.
  • Plan, schedule and invite those for the Christmas parties you host.
  • Schedule babysitter for the Christmas parties you attend.
  • De-clutter house to make room for Christmas decorations … and decorate.
  • Decorate outside.
  • Put up your Christmas tree if you use artificial. Purchase Christmas tree if you have fresh. Then decorate.
  • Review your Christmas cookie list.
  • Review your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner.
  • Check on ingredients and make list of what you need to purchase.
  • Begin to purchase ‘non-perishable’ foods.
  • Make meals and freeze for those busy times closer to Christmas.
  • Re-charge or purchase batteries for your cameras or special gifts.
  • Upload pictures from your phone or camera to be sure you have space to take more pictures.
  • Prepare your guest room for your Christmas guests.
  • Clean out the refrigerator to be sure you have room for your Christmas meals.
  • Purchase your ‘perishable’ foods.
  • Set the table.
  • Set a schedule and cooking times for your Christmas meals.
  • Remember to have some down time to recharge.
  • Lastly, remember the reason for the season!!!

Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas! I hope all your dreams for this Christmas season will come true.

Your Organizing Expert … Believing in You!

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