Totally transparent moment, for the past few years, I have been a complete grinch when it comes to the holiday season. I have several justifiable reasons, I guess. One I suffer from seasonal depression, the utter thought of doing anything when it's cold makes me sad. Two and three, I haven't had loads of extra disposable income to buy gifts and lastly I procrastinate because of the overwhelming feeling of shopping in crowds. Many things have changed now and I'm fully ready to embrace preparing for the holiday season. This year, I promise to try my best to be Santa's best little helper this year and I want to try to help you as well. Here's the first part of my Holiday Series, I'd love to share with you --the Countdown to the Holidays.
4 WEEKS TO GO (LATE NOVEMBER)
Write A Gift and Card List – Take a few minutes to prepare who a list of you will buy gifts for this holiday season. Make a list of the people you need to buy for and anything you have in mind. If you don't have the money to buy every single person in your family, extended family, friends, boos, etc.--you just don't. Add a separate line item in your budget now to prepare financially. I'd also suggest making a list of the cards you want to send. It seems people are getting back to sending personal holiday cards and if that's your thing, prepare now.
Schedule Christmas party and events – The emails have already begun to roll in for this holiday season whether work or ugly Christmas sweater parties. People book up super early so if you want to see friends or family book them in now, even if it’s something casual. Use that smartphone for good--as soon as you get an invite, lock it in.
Start Your Christmas Shopping – If you haven’t already done your Christmas shopping this is a good time to try to knock it over. Order any online items or buy things in person. The four-week mark is perfect timing to start online shopping to make sure you aren't in a frantic waiting for gifts.
Think About Holiday Wardrobe For Parties – It is an awful feeling to have an itinerary of holiday parties to attend with absolutely nothing to wear. Go ahead an plan out the attire or theme of each party and figure out wardrobe now. Don't procrastinate. 'Tis the season to be stylish.
3 WEEKS TO GO (1ST OF DECEMBER)
Decorate – My family normally begins decorating Thanksgiving evening but every household and family tradition is different. But, Dec 1, it's a great date to get the tree lit, involve the kids and enjoy your warm and festive home.
Make DIYs – I love making and receiving DIY gifts. It's personal and shows an effort of love. If you love making DIYs, start now. The closer we get to Christmas you'll be busy with holiday parties and sipping on eggnog that the thought of making something will be null and void.