Christmas is less than seven weeks away, so it is time to knuckle down to your festive planning. If you have young children in your family, they will no doubt be getting very excited. And you will certainly want their Christmas 2016 to be one for them to remember!
But no matter how excited you and your family are for Christmas, it can all start to take its toll quickly. In fact, many people feel overwhelmed by all the planning and organisation that goes into Christmas. But, to help you get through this potentially stressful period, I’ve written this super useful guide. In it, I’ll go over everything you need to start planning now, and what you can get ready in advance. Hopefully, it should help you create a sparkly Christmas that all the family can enjoy!
Plan Where You’ll Be
One of the major questions that you need to ask is where you will be for Christmas. Do you want to stay at yours and invite your parents and in-laws over to you? Or will you go to your parents or in-laws for Christmas? Maybe you will even go to someone else’s. Wherever you will be, you need to plan this early on. If you want to host Christmas dinner at your house, you should invite all your guests well in advance. That way, they will also know where they will be and can plan their day accordingly.
One of the best things you can do is keep all the same decorations for each Christmas. If you store them in your loft or attic space, they will be fine until you need them each December. Reusing your decorations can help you bring down the costs of each festive season as you won’t need to keep buying new ones. It is a good idea to get your Christmas lights out a couple of months in advance to make sure that they still work. If not, you have plenty of time to replace them. If you are buying new ones, you should decide on a budget and stick to it. This will prevent you going over the top and spending too much money on them. Have you also thought about making some homemade decorations? This is a great way to get the kids involved with getting your home ready for Christmas. Paper snowflakes and paper chains are some of the easiest that even young children will be able to make.
The best way to keep on top of your Christmas shopping is to buy any suitable gifts whenever you see them in the shops. Even if it is only spring! In fact, buying your Christmas presents early on will usually save you some money. Even though it is the middle of November now, it is still possible to get a bargain on all of your Christmas presents. One of the best ways is to do your shopping online. Many shops offer exclusive deals and discounts to those who use their online stores. You should also find that there is a wider range of presents to choose on when you shop online. Whether you need kids Christmas presents or gifts for your partner, you will definitely find something!
Don’t forget to send out your Christmas cards well in advance! Otherwise, you might miss the last post date. If you have a lot to write, you should start on them now. If you write a few each day from now, you should easily get through your Christmas card list. And you don’t need to worry about having to rush through them to catch the last post date! Do you think that Christmas cards are a bit outdated and a waste of money? If so, you should consider sending out a Christmas email to all your friends and family. It can be a lot quicker to sort out, and it is a lot cheaper too!
Even if you aren’t having Christmas dinner at your home, you will still have a lot of preparation to sort out. Many families like to have lots of sweet treats in their home for over the festive period. Why not bake your own biscuits and cookies this year to help keep your Christmas expenses down to a minimum? The kids will love to help you with this! You can start baking things now as many biscuits and cakes are freezable. If you are cooking the big dinner this year, you can also start some prep for that right now. Buy your turkey as soon as possible. As we get closer to the 25th December, you might find that shops and butchers start to sell out of turkeys. Even some of the big supermarkets might start to run low! You can freeze your bird. Just remember to take it out well in advance so that it has plenty of time to defrost.
Do your family want to go to the pantomime this year? Then it is a good idea to book your tickets now before they all sell out. Do you have any ideas about the other types of events and parties that you want to attend this coming festive period? If you do, you should write them down on a calendar right now. This way, you don’t have to worry about double booking yourself. Make sure that you also write down any parties that your kids are invited to. Remember that you won’t be able to please the whole family and go to all the events that everyone wants to go to. This may be because of time or budget constraints. So be sure to pick out the main ones from all the ones you are invited to. Don’t forget to also plan a date night for you and your partner over Christmas. There’s nothing more romantic than a festive evening out in your favourite restaurant!
As you can see, Christmas doesn’t always have to be stressful. You just need to follow all of the above tips to help you plan it!