Since last week here on the blog was FULL of Christmas, I’ve tried to take it a little bit easy on Christmas this week. But, I wanted to check in and see how things are looking for all y’all Christmas preppers!
Remember back in August when I posted “131 Days Until Christmas! (But no worries…I’ve got tricks for you!)“? (If you didn’t read it, you might wanna take a look – it’s probably too late to help you this year, but if you’re feeling stressed out right now, you’ll definitely be able to use it next year!)
So here’s how it’s working for me so far:
September 16: 100 days until Christmas (I do very well with reminders! At this reminder I just start thinking in general about Christmas.)
October 25: 2 months until Christmas (Just another reminder for my sanity’s sake! And at this point I start writing down notes related to all things Christmas.)
November 4: Begin compiling Christmas Card List (This was really easy this year! I just went to my digital files, pulled last year’s Christmas Card Mailing List and adjusted it accordingly!)
November 10: Deadline to have someone else shoot our Christmas photos (I wasn’t sure this year if I wanted another photographer to shoot our photos our if I wanted to do them myself.)
November 11: Decide on Christmas gifts (This is one of those things I’ve already been making notes on.)
November 18: Decide on Christmas baking, 2 weeks until Cyber Monday (I’ve already been making notes on this, as well, and another reminder never hurts!)
November 24: Deadline to have ME shoot our Christmas photos (I went ahead and did them myself this year!)
November 25: 1 month until Christmas, 1 week until Cyber Monday, Order Christmas cards (A couple more reminders, and I design our Christmas cards myself, and then upload them for printing, easy peasy!)
December 2: Cyber Monday, Start on Christmas card labels (I ordered all the gifts online and saved almost $200 on Cyber Monday, and the Christmas card labels were so easy, because I used last year’s file, and just adjusted for new addresses, etc.)
December 11: Mail Christmas cards (Yep!)
December 18: Mail out-of-town gifts (Haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I’m almost ready for it!)
Now, there’s lots of things that aren’t listed above. There ARE some things that I just kinda do by the seat of my pants, believe it or not. For instance…
- Wrapping. I just grab it when I find what I like! And then I just wrap gifts as they arrive in the mail.
- Baking. I bake lots and lots all at once, and when I have time I bake some more. Then I always have treats for everyone!
- Events. I have all our Christmas events on the calendar…but there are SO many to attend that it’s hard to plan everything around them. Lots of times we’re popping in at one place and leaving very quickly for another!
- Decor. I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving, and usually take about a week to get everything exactly how I want it!
Whatcha think? How’s it looking for you? Any special tips for this time of the year? Do share!