October 14, 2011

10 Holiday Planning Tips

The holiday season is approaching quickly! It isn't too early to start getting your elves (ducks or whatever) in a row. Planning early and staying organized is the best thing you can do to make your holiday enjoyable for both you and your family. Here are a few of my tips. 

1. Make lists of your items to be done. Check off items as you go. Not only will you see what you have left to do but this also gives you a visual sense of accomplishment.

2. Shop early and bring your list. Picking up items as you see them early in the year has more than one benefit. You have a better chance of finding the perfect item as well as less strain to your Christmas shopping budget.

3. Purchase festive cards online. I love buying my christmas cards online. This year I have picked this beautiful card below from Storkie. Besides being gorgeous they also have our family names printed so I won't have to bug my husband to sign all of our cards. Big bonus for me not to mention how cute my little monkey is going to look on them.
4. Make holiday decorating a family affair. Turn on some festive music and get the whole family involved. Doing it together builds memories and can be a lot of fun. Even the little ones can help by putting bows and non-breakable ornaments on the tree.

5. Host a cookie exchange with your friends. Holiday baking can become tedious. You may have to make a bazillion of one variety but that is a lot easier than making 10 varieties.

6. Have a potluck family dinner. Have your family members bring their favorite dish to Christmas dinner this year. It is economic and lets everyone bring something they like too.

7. Wrap gifts as you buy them, just be sure to ad the gift tags too. Wrapping gifts at the 9th hour is frustrating and very time consuming. Make sure you purchase wrapping supplies in advance and keep a few gift bags on hand for last minute gifts.

8. Plan deep home cleaning in advance of parties and family events. Rushing around to make sure your bathrooms are spic and span can be a headache. Do a deep cleaning a week or two in advance and just maintain daily.

9. Keep things simple. More isn't always better, sometimes less is more. Simple decorations can be elegant and give a fresh holiday setting. The same goes for foods, drinks and events.

10. Relax and enjoy the holiday season. Planning in advance and getting things done in an organized way will ensure you are having fun with your family. Don't forget to take time to yourself and kick your feet up!

I hope a few of my holiday tips will make your holiday season a bit more enjoyable! Let me know if you have any great holiday tips of your own too!

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the Storkie holiday blogging program. I received compensation for my participation. All opinions are 100% mine.

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