Every year, about this time, people start to panic about the holidays. Yikes!
So much to do, so little time. Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away, so, like it or not, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is officially upon us.
Take a deep breath and relax for moment. Grab a pad and pen and quickly jot down some of the things you still need to get done before Christmas or Hanukkah, and circle those items you can do now, this week or this month, before December even begins.
Here’s a checklist of November tasks to help you get started:
Start a gift list of family and friends you need to buy for and gift ideas for each, preferably now, to take advantage of Black Friday deals in two weeks
Take or select a photo for your holiday gift cards
Get your holiday cards printed
Address and stamp your card envelopes so they’re ready to go
If you are hosting, plan your Christmas or Hanukkah dinner menu now
Check your holiday lights and purchase new ones, if needed
Put up your outdoor lights
Place electric or battery powered lights on the window sills
Re-arrange your family room furniture, if needed to prepare for the tree
Clean the guest room now for any out of town holiday guest
Grocery shop for holiday meal and dessert ingredients
Purchase any teacher gifts, service provider gifts and hostess gifts
Ship any holiday packages that will be sent overseas
Decorate the foyer and/or fireplace mantel
Schedule a baking day on the calendar
Bake cookies and freeze
Send out holiday party invitations soon
Schedule babysitters for holiday party nights or New Years Eve
Purchase a few gifts this week and next week to beat the holiday rush
Plan a gratitude exercise for the Thanksgiving Day table, such as everyone sharing something they are grateful for or writing a note of gratitude in a family journal or special table runner.
If you prefer celebrating the full 25 days of Christmas, put up your tree right after Thanksgiving and decorate it.
With a little planning and a checklist in hand, you still have plenty of time to get a jump on the holiday hustle and bustle.