With summer now a distant memory, our minds all turn to the most wonderful time of the year; Christmas. The festive season is creeping closer and it’s so important that we start planning now if we want to get organised ready for the holidays. There’s nothing worse than leaving it all until the last minute. There is so much to sort and plan when we have small humans, so the earlier the better. After all, we want to make sure it’s a fun and memorable holiday for them. With so much to do for Christmas, it’s hard to know where to get started when it comes to planning. Therefore, here are the first 5 things to plan for Christmas.
Who is going to host Christmas?
One of the first things you need to sort is who is hosting the Christmas dinner this year. If it’s going to fall on your shoulders, you need to know early so that you can start planning for the big day. You will need to make sure you know where you will put everyone and you might make some changes such as a new dining table or kitchen appliances before the big day. If you are hosting, you also need to know exactly who is coming.
Do I need to make transport and accommodation arrangements?
One of the first things you should sort is if you are going away at all during the festive season. The nearer you get to Christmas, the harder it will be to buy train and plane tickets and to find accommodation near friends or relatives. Therefore, if you are away during the festivities, make sure you sort out these important details now before you lose out on cheap and convenient tickets and rooms.
Who is on your present and card list?
Every year our list of presents and cards changes. Whether we meet new people or our small humans have friends they want to buy for, the present and card list increases. Therefore, one of the first things you should do is write a list of who you need to buy for. And then you can work out later what exactly you want to buy for them. But having a list of the people to get presents and cards for will make it easier and will stop you buying random presents.
What is your budget?
A lot of people buy things for Christmas without thinking about the cost. But then they end up scrimping in January due to their splurge. Therefore, this year is the time to be organised. Make a list of exactly how much you can afford to spend this year. Take into account presents, food and decorations so you have a good idea before you start to buy anything for the festive season.
Do I need to update my decorations?
It’s a good idea to look at whether you need any new decorations as soon as possible. You don’t want to decide you need a new tree in December when the prices will hike and the choice is limited. Therefore, look through your decorations now to see if you fancy trying something new this year. A different theme or even colour will bring your house decor to life this Christmas.
Christmas is a magical time. By planning ahead us mums get to enjoy the magic too. Instead of just being stressed and tired.