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Oh boy, this is going to be a big one but I am already SO excited for Christmas. It’s hands down my favourite time of year. But it also can be a lot of work if you want to make things really special. That’s why I like to get ready for Christmas early.
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50+ Ways to Get Ready for Christmas NOW!
Believe it or not (ok I’m sure you can believe it) I start getting ready for Christmas months ahead. With 5 kids I’m always Christmas shopping, especially at yard sales in the summer. My closet is so full of gifts right now that I have to find a new hiding location!
Now that it’s getting cool outside I’m even more excited to fill my home with holiday cheer. Personally, I start decorating early November, shortly after Halloween. Canadian Thanksgiving is in October here so by the time November hits it’s cold and snowy anyway.
For most people Christmas is only a month, at most 2, of festivities. If you want to do all the things that’s not a lot of time to pack it all in! But there are some things you can do now to make Christmas easier later.
How to get ready for Christmas early on
- Shop for second hand Christmas gifts
- Shop yard sales or thrift stores for Christmas decorations
- Complete Christmas DIY projects
- Declutter your house
- Go through your Christmas decorations so they’re easier to set up later
- Make a list of all the things you need to buy eg. New Christmas tree, lights, etc
- Hang Christmas lights in November before it gets too cold
- Start your December calendar filling it up with school holidays, important events, etc.
- Do a “brain dump” and write down everything you can think of that you must do before Christmas
- Change up your furniture or storage solutions to accommodate new gifts, guests, the tree, etc.
Plan for Christmas ahead of time
- Make your Christmas gift list
- Get a Christmas card list together with addresses
- Decide on your Christmas dinner menu if you’re cooking
- Solidify any travel plans
- Make sure you have enough space, dishes, glasses, etc for entertaining
- Take stock of what the kids have for toys, clothes, etc
- Make wish lists for the kids if relatives shop for them (Amazon is great for this)
- Design or plan your Christmas card including booking a photographer if needed
- Consider printing a dedicated Christmas calendar or planner so you can keep on top of important deadlines, events, etc
Budget early for Christmas
- Set a budget for Christmas gifts
- Pick up a second job if you need extra money
- Start a savings plan so you can afford Christmas gifts
- Save unique wrapping paper eg. Comic pages from the newspaper, brown paper from packages, etc
- Check Costco and similar places, many popular toys are much cheaper there
- Sell unused toys and household items and use that money for your Christmas shopping
- Budget for Christmas entertaining and food
- When turkey, ham, or Christmas dinner trimmings go on sale before Christmas buy them and freeze
Easy Christmas traditions
- Pre plan and shop for supplies for your Elf on the Shelf
- Make and freeze Christmas cookies or the cookie dough
- Make a holiday bucket list
- Pre-make a Christmas eve box for the family
- Make a Christmas playlist on Spotify or add to your music collection so you’re ready for the holidays
- Plan any Christmas parties you’re hosting early
- Make a homemade advent calendar so it’s ready for Dec 1st
- Buy your Nutcracker or other performance tickets as soon as they go on sale
- List and prep for any new traditions you want to start
Early Christmas shopping
- Start your Christmas shopping as soon as possible
- Make sure you leave 2-3 months for anything ordered from China (eg. Wish)
- Make handmade gifts early so you’re not rushing during the holidays
- Go through your gift closet to see what you already have
- Shop for wrapping paper, tape, etc as soon as it shows up in stores so you’re not scrambling last minute
- Stock up on batteries for kids’ toys (especially if they go on sale)
- Get parcels ready to be mailed and add dates to mail them into your calendar so you don’t forget
- Decide what you’re doing for teacher/coach/etc gifts and buy/prep them ahead of time
- Ask your kids what they’d like or check out what kinds they’re interested in on YouTube together
Other things you can do to get ready for Christmas early
- Make your own gift list
- Stock up on firewood if you have a fireplace or bonfire
- Make a list or calendar of the Christmas movies and specials you want to watch
- Check your rewards cards and apps to see if you can use that for Christmas shopping
- Stock up on Christmas essentials like candy canes, hot chocolate, and baking ingredients
- Make freezer meals for busy December days
- Complete any changes do your guest room like fresh paint or new bedding
How do you get ready for Christmas and when do you start?