Christmas Timeline: Razzle Dazzle Without Getting Frazzled

Santa hatWith Christmas just around the corner, there are about ten thousand things that need to get done before Mr. Claus comes to visit. Very few of us are perfect planners, but being the ultimate holiday supermommy doesn’t have to be as far fetched as it may seem. Taking a few hours to sit down and plan the season’s events can alleviate a landslide of stress.

Three To Six Months Before Christmas

This is the time to outline your rough plan with your family. Decide where you will be spending the holidays, whether you plan to travel or entertain in the comfort of your own cozy home.

If you plan on traveling and you want to get the best possible deal on tickets, it’s essential to shop around and plan on purchasing them three to six months in advance.

Two Months Before Christmas

With the holidays fast approaching, small tasks can be overlooked and quickly turn into big hassles down the road. This makes two months the perfect time to start plugging plans and festivities into your calendar or planner. As you fill your calendar, you’ll be able to easily respond to invitations as they come up.

Two months prior is also a good time to start baking freezable cookies and bars. It may seem early, but when that calendar starts to fill up you’re going to wish you had. This is also the time to start updating your holiday card list, making sure you have added any new friends or family members and updated addresses.

It’s also recommended that you use this time to shop for cards and schedule a family portrait. Photographers book up fast, so give yourself plenty of leeway.

One Month Before Christmas

A month prior to Christmas, make a master gift list, budget, and start the shopping process. Don’t just start hap-haphazardly either, devote a concerted effort to knock as much of your gift-getting off the list as possible. This also applies to online shopping. With the rush of the holidays, many online retailers find themselves backed up with orders to ship, so you’ll want to make sure to give yourself ample time to receive the gifts, wrap them and ship them out again.

This is also the time to take an inventory of any decorations and dish ware needed for guests. You don’t want to be a table setting short, or scramble to find the angel that sits atop your tree.

Three Weeks Before Christmas

The 25th is only a blink away, and now is the time to mail your holiday cards, decorate and buy your tree! If you choose to grace your living room with a live tree, you don’t want to get one at the last minute, nor do you want it to seem crackled and stale by the time the main event comes around. This is also the time to finalize any holiday menus you might be a part of, order the turkey or ham, and begin shopping for non-perishables.

Two Days Before Christmas

Christmas Eve is the time to start cooking, make sure any perishable decorations or ingredients are purchased, recharge and re-up on batteries for children’s toys, and finish last minute wrapping. This is also the perfect time to get the table set and ready to use. If you haven’t already done so and plan on entertaining, do a deep clean of your house.

The Day Before Christmas

The day before Christmas should be devoted to finishing cooking and planning for an easy breezy Christmas Day. Take time with your family to enjoy the festivities and admire your beautifully decorated home, snack on your delicious cookies, and make some memories.







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