The festive season is nearly upon us, so it feels like a good time to share a checklist around 4 things to plan for Christmas.
One of the first things that you are going to have to deal with is the decor. Many of us like to get festive at the beginning of December to coincide with Advent so this will be your first task.
Work out a date that suits you to get all of the decorations out of storage and plan for everyone to be home to help (or out of your way, depending on which way is better for you!). If you are going for a new Christmas decor theme this year, take some time to get everything that you will need.
Spend a little time sprucing everything up if things have become flattened or dusty over the year and do make sure that you check that those lights work before stringing them all up.
You will then want to make arrangements for the Christmas period. This might be family get-togethers, trips to the local nativity, or traditional Christmas movie viewings. You will also need to arrange where you will be on the day itself and invite any family members.
Along with family fun, there are likely to be various work and social gatherings as ‘tis the season to be jolly and it is a great time to get together with friends. Ensure that you arrange child-care in plenty of time so that you can attend everything that you would like to.
This one can be so tricky, can’t it? From the great uncle that you rarely see, to the tween boys in your life, thinking up ideas can be difficult. We would recommend that you start this task by writing a few things down.
Jot down everyone that you need to buy a gift for, And then check that list and check it twice! There always seems to be that one person that we forget, so do ensure you have everybody covered. Once you have got everyone, make a note next to their name of the budget that you have to spend on them. Then you can brainstorm ideas and do your very best to stick to those budgets.
When you begin to buy, note the gift down next to the names on your list so that you don’t accidentally duplicate gifts or completely forget what you have got. It happens!
The best bit? Of course! Make sure that you get that delivery slot booked in nice and early or pencil a grocery store run into your diary near to the big day. You might need to place orders for food from your local farm so do that in plenty of time so that your preferred supplier does not run out.
Ask your family what their favorite festive foods are so that you can add everything to your shopping list. It is worth buying in treats such as chocolates and biscuits in advance to spread the cost.