Christmas can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. Planning early can help you have a stress-free Christmas without having to give up the things you enjoy.
It’s only a few months until Christmas. How did this happen? I wrote about planning ahead for Christmas back in July so you’d think I’d be on top of things. However, things have been crazy and I have done very little. Thankfully there is still a lot of time to be prepared early for the holidays.
Yes, I know many of you don’t even want to hear about Christmas yet. I’ve seen many people ranting about Christmas decor already being out. I like seeing Christmas decor come out early because it allows me to prepare early and enjoy the holiday season more.
My best holidays have always been the ones where I stayed on top of prep work and was done by December. Many Christmases have been stressful because I didn’t prepare early. One year I didn’t even get Christmas cards sent out. I don’t want to let that happen again this year. This year I want to do the fun stuff in December, not rush around getting everything done.
I’m going to keep this simple and give you just a few things to do for now. This short list will make a big difference when the holidays are here.
7 Ways to Prepare Early for a Stress-Free Christmas
1 ) Sign up for my mailing list. As we get closer to the holidays I will be sending out more tips.
2 ) Read A Stress-Free Christmas: A Complete How-To Guide. You will find everything you need to have a stress-free Christmas in the book.
3 ) Finish getting your Christmas Planner set up. This is a great place to keep your budget, gift lists, and all of those things. Get it ready so you can start filling it out.
4 ) Get your Christmas cards ordered. If you are ordering Christmas cards get them now so you won’t be rushed. If you take family photos or make your own cards, get those started now.
5 ) Keep an eye on sales, especially for high priced items on your list. This can save you a lot of money and time. No one wants to rush to buy gifts. When shopping online use Ebates to get cash back so you can save money for the holidays.
6 ) Check out my Christmas website The Stress-Free Christmas. I have shared a lot of great tips over there.
7 ) Prepare Your Decor Ideas. Go through your Pinterest or magazine clippings and make notes of decor that you would like to find before you decorate. If you are the crafty type have a list of supplies you need.
Be sure to also check out my other tips on Reducing Your Holiday Stress. The holidays should be a time of joy, not stress. Doing a little work now will help you relax and enjoy your friends and family during the holidays.
Want to have a stress-free Christmas this year? Check out A Stress-Free Christmas: A Complete How-To Guide.