Yes it’s that time of year again, with Halloween and Bonfire night already over and Autumn rapidly coming to an end it’s already time to start preparing for the Christmas season! Where has 2016 gone? It honestly feels like this year has come and gone in a matter of minutes but in some ways I’m grateful that this roller coaster of a year is coming to an end, and the main reason of course is Christmas.
Christmas is a time of love, joy, happiness, anxiety and stress. A time of both good and bad emotions which come hand in hand with each other. I don’t know about any of you but Christmas makes me so happy, festive foods and cookies and cakes, presents and shopping and Christmas decorations, there are countless things which make the Christmas period one of the best times of year for me. Yet something about entering the Christmas period unprepared brings so much unneeded stress and anxiety; rushing around to buy last minute cards and presents, pulling together any scrap of money you can find because you underestimated how much you were going to need…. We’ve all been there, an unprepared stress filled Christmas is the last thing you want so I thought I’d write up a little ‘to- do list’ if that’s what you’d like to call it to help you get ahead this year.
I’m not exactly the best person in the world when it comes to organizing everything for Christmas, but I’m far from the worst! To help myself get ahead with everything I typically try and stick to these steps.
If there was a time of year almost dedicated to list writing, Christmas is it. I’m not just talking Christmas lists either… Making lists of basically everything you need to do, people you need to buy presents for etc… is the perfect way to stay on top of all your tasks, know exactly what’s happening.
Just because it’s not December already doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to start purchasing some of the gifts you want to give people (Unless of course they’re specifically only released around Christmas) I tend to try and buy some of my family’s gifts before the month begins or certainly at least within the first few weeks, just to make sure I definitley have them covered.
Get Your Cards, Covered
As soon as you see packs of Christmas cards hit the shelves… Get yourself some. Multi-packs of cards are perfect when you have to give a lot of cards out to lots of people, say you want to give cards to everyone at your workplace, or just a large group of your friends, just head down to a card store or supermarket and pick up a multi-pack and you can’t really go wrong.
Bring Out Your Christmas Spirit
It may only be early days yet, but before you know it Christmas day will be upon is. Why not try and boost your Christmas spirit this year and bring it out just a little bit earlier. I’m a lover of Christmas songs and cosy nights in watching Christmas films, it’s one of my favourite things to do around this time of the year, so why not start doing it now? Popping on the classic Christmas songs whilst you’re getting ready in the morning or for a little perk in the evening can really help shift you from the Halloween spirit into a Christmasy one.
This year I’m really going to try and get more ‘into the holiday’ than I have in the past, doing more Christmas themed baking days, movie nights and shopping trips, making sure to definitley check out all the different Christmas markets that are already popping up across the country.