Don’t get stressed by the last minute Christmas prep. These tips will help you get things done so you can stop stressing and be ready for the holidays in no time. Coupons.com wanted to help you with this task so they are sponsoring this post.
Christmas is quickly approaching! Don’t let this stress you out though, there is still time and a lot of the things stressing you out likely aren’t that important.
I’m a perfectionist and this has in the past caused a lot of stress around the holidays and still does if I let it. I decorate every room in my house, want to bake all of the treats from scratch, make homemade gifts and cards, and do all the Martha Stewart like things.
Let me tell you, it’s possible but you are going to be stressed and it will lead to a Christmas you don’t really get to enjoy. Ditching some of the things on your list and the idea of perfection will do wonders for helping you have a better Christmas.
So before I give you the list of things to prep before Christmas make sure you decide what’s really important and ditch the rest from your to-do list!
Last Minute Christmas Prep
- Stock up on groceries. The grocery store is going to get crazier as we get closer to the holidays so stock up now. Don’t forget to use coupons to keep your grocery bill lower.
- Pre-bake holiday treats. Make cookies and other treats can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer until you are ready for them. You can use my sugar cookie dough recipe to make three different cookies at once. This is a huge time saver.
- Make sure all of your Christmas cards and gifts have been mailed. If you are behind on time you don’t have to do Christmas cards, I skipped one year and it was okay. You can also save time by just skipping the Christmas letter if you still do one.
- Check the batteries on cameras and camcorders. Don’t forget to have some extra batteries on hand for gifts.
- Make sure everyone’s Christmas outfits are clean. Put them somewhere that you are sure no one is going to wear any of the pieces so they stay clean.
- Defrost any Christmas dinner food in time. If you do mess this up though don’t worry, you can cook a whole frozen chicken in the Instant Pot, or a frozen ham. You can even cook a frozen turkey in the oven.
- Give holiday tips or gifts to the service people in your life. It doesn’t have to be much, even a card is a nice way to show people you are grateful for them.
- Stock up on sale items. If you have room in your budget be sure to stock up on things that go on sale in December while shopping. This list of the 7 Best Things to Buy in December is a great place to start.
Free Holiday To-Do List Printable
To make sure you remember everything you need to do I created this printable holiday to-do list for you to print off and stick on your fridge or in your Christmas planner.
I keep mine in the front of my Christmas planner which I keep on top of my desk all Christmas long. It helps me stay on track and I don’t have to try and remember a thousand things.
Don’t forget to edit your holiday to-do list. If you see things on there that aren’t a big deal and won’t be missed ditch them and make more time for the truly important things.
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