Christmas, in the summer? Stay with me, even if you are a no Christmas until after Thanksgiving type of person you may want to start planning now.
I know it’s not even officially summer and here I am talking to you about Christmas. I won’t lie, I’m crazy about Christmas. I watch Christmas movies off and on all year long, I even rock out to Christmas music while cleaning from time to time. To say I’m obsessed would be putting it very lightly.
However, the reason I plan ahead for Christmas isn’t just because I love it so much, it’s because it makes the holidays more special and less stressful! Doing a little bit now will make December so much easier.
Every year I hear people talk about how stressed they are about Christmas. They rush around getting everything done and never get to stop to enjoy all the fun and excitement around the holiday. I’ve been there as well. There are years I’ve not been able to get cards out and really didn’t get to enjoy much of the fun at all. I was too stressed with all that “needed” to be done.
If this is you then stick with me and I’ll share some tips for avoiding the Christmas stress this year. It is possible to bring back some of that childlike wonder to Christmas.
How to Plan Ahead for Christmas
Do your research. The first thing I’m going to recommend is to start gathering tips, you found this page so you are already on the right track. Start learning from other early planners and see which of their tips will work for you. The first place I’d recommend you start is with my book A Stress-Free Christmas: A Complete How-To Guide. It will help walk you through everything you need to know and do.
Create a Christmas planner. Now that you have an idea what you want to do you need to have it written down and planned out. There are a lot of great options out there, both paid and free. I keep mine in my home management binder so it’s handy all year.
Start saving money. Saving a little bit of money all year is so much easier than trying to find all of it in your budget in December. Now is also a great time to start a side-hustle. You can use this extra income to build your Christmas budget without taking money from your regular budget.
Start decluttering. Decluttering a little at a time can be a lot easier than saving it until we get close to Christmas and rushing around to get it done. It’s nice to have a decluttered and organized home before the holidays. We always end up with more stuff around the holidays and we don’t want to just add to a disorganized mess.
Watch for Christmas in July sales. You will often see sales for great gifts and even some decor in July. Balsam Hill has done really good Christmas in July sales in the past on their trees and other decor. If you are wanting new decor this year this will be the best time to buy until after the holidays.
Christmas Planning Resources
- A Stress-Free Christmas: A Complete How-To Guide
- My Christmas Planner
- The Stress-Free Christmas Blog
When do you start planning for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below.