Yeah, yeah, I said the C word. It’s November now though so I feel absolutely no shame. That’s what this post is all about really, getting over the ‘shame’ that grinches and bah-humbugs make you feel about thinking, planning or talking about Christmas before the festive month itself. Little do they realise that whilst they are going on about how stressful the whole season is, they don’t realise that it is actually them and their attitudes that attribute to half of the stress in the first place! Why you ask? Fail to plan, plan to fail.
Christmas is the most magical time of the year, there is however, a lot to remember. With all that’s going on, activities to do, family coming and going, it can get a lot. So yes, I do agree that Christmas can be stressful – emphasis on the CAN. That’s because if you plan ahead, take your time, research and do it all with a sprinkle of festive spirit, then it can be a breeze.
It’s so useful that all the magazines bring their Christmas editions out in November, take advantage of that and use them as sources of inspirations for decorations, recipes and gift guides. You can start gathering ideas of activities to do, things to make and bake for the run up and the day itself, by getting the ideas early you can easily begin to pick up any bits and pieces you may need on the way.
I’m partial to an excel spreadsheet every now and again, mostly at Christmas. I’ve already made mine for this year but I can’t show it on here incase any of my family look, so below is an example of my spreadsheet from last year. Start by filling in exactly who you are buying for and how much you want to spend. I then normally begin by writing down any and all ideas of present ideas, then search online for gifts and look at gift guides for more. Once I’ve got at least one good present idea for everyone, I’ll refine it and make the final decision of what to get. I then colour code using: red = not ordered/got yet, yellow = ordered, green = delivered/got. This way I can keep on track on exactly what I still need to get. I do prefer to do most of my shopping online as it is just easier, but if you do go to the shops then I would definitely recommend trying to get it done in November before the shopping centres just become unbearably busy. That way if you do go there during December you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying the festivities.
Use November to make decisions that will make the run up so much easier. Decide now your Christmas day plans, your tree decorations colour scheme, if you need to buy any new decorations this year, are you going to make a Christmas cake or pre-cook your roast potatoes? Have a think through whilst reading some Christmas magazines and make any decisions that you can now, then you can obviously start planning ahead.
I, for one am so excited to start the festive season and have got some really exciting posts planned, which I can’t wait to get started on!