5 Things to Check Off Your Holiday List Now

We do it every year—put off everything we need to do for the holidays until an all-nighter is necessary. But not this year! Check out these five things to get started on now for a stress-free holiday season.


1. Buying gifts and wrapping them


Just a friendly reminder that stores and parking lots are NUTS on December 24th. Get your shopping done early and you can stay at home in your PJs drinking hot chocolate and watching Netflix while others are out scrounging for gifts. Sounds dreamy, right? And online shoppers should keep in mind that there’s a lot more mail traffic in November and December, meaning your gifts could take longer to get to you. Avoid pesky rush shipping charges by getting your orders in now.



2. DIY projects


Are you making all your own ornaments? Painting a festive doormat? Creating gifts for friends and family? Now is the time to get started on those projects because if there’s one thing we know about DIY projects, it’s that they often take more time and more trips to the store than you originally planned.



3. Creating a holiday menu


Sure, it seems early to start thinking about this but the closer it gets to the holidays, the more frantic you’ll be with other things like work, social events, and general merrymaking. Plan your menu now and you’ll have a better estimate of how much time and effort will be needed to make your holiday meal less stressful and delicious. This way you’ll also be able to answer the question “what can I bring?” when guests ask.



4. Planning your schedule


The holidays are fun but with travel, the added expense of shopping for gifts, and more gatherings than ever, they can also be incredibly stressful. Instead of letting your health fall to the wayside this holiday season, make a calendar and stick to it as closely as possible. Knowing what’s next will help keep you ahead of the game.



5. Collecting addresses and writing out holiday cards


Whether you’re simply addressing envelopes or writing heartfelt notes to each recipient of this year’s card, prepare them now. That way all you’ll have to do is drop them in them in the mail whenever you’re ready to send them out. And you won’t wind up wishing people happy holidays when tulips are blooming in the spring.



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