Like it or not, it’s officially holiday season. The Halloween supplies are already getting pushed to the side to make way for Christmas in the stores. This doesn’t bother me-I’m well into Halloween mode already-but I also plan for Christmas pretty much year round.
To keep everything from falling into complete chaos I organize everything into color coded bins. If you were to look in my attic you’d find green and red bins full of Christmas supplies, orange and black bins for Halloween and lavender bins for Easter. When it’s time I just pull the appropriately colored bins from the attic.
I also refuse to fight the extended holiday shopping seasons. I actually start Christmas shopping on December 26th. There’s nothing wrong with starting early. (I secretly think that the people who roll their eyes at us early shoppers are jealous.) It’s all about doing what works for you-and starting early works for me. (And it helps me save a ton of money!) If you prefer to shop on Christmas Eve, that’s fine too.
Making lists is key. Since I start shopping so early I can easily forget what I’ve purchased for whom and some cases where I’ve put it. I keep a running list of everything I have and where it is located. If you’re a late shopper the lists are just as important. In the rush to finish it can be easy to forget things.
Are you a Christmas minimalist or maximalist? I love to decorate and give lots of gifts and send cards to almost everyone I know. That’s not everyone’s style, and that’s OK. If you’re a Christmas minimalist, that’s perfectly alright. Do what’s going to make you and your family the most happy. And don’t compare what you do to what anyone else is doing-do what works for you, not what you need to do to keep up with the neighbors.
Think ahead about what travel needs and plans you will have. The larger your family is the more challenging this can be. Planning early can also help with saving money. Don’t forget to be understanding when things don’t work out. It’s often very hard during the holidays and sometimes plans just won’t work out. Who says you can’t get together just before or just after the season and celebrate a bit off schedule with those you love?
It’s the thought that counts. In a season of excess it’s easy to fill like you’re not doing enough. A simple gesture from the heart is so much more valuable than an extravagant gift with little thought behind it. Consider making some of your own gifts or creating homemade treats. Everyone loves a gift that’s made with love.
Take help during the holidays when it’s offered. You don’t have to be a superwoman. If someone offers to pick up something from the store or help with the cooking, let them! They wouldn’t be asking if they weren’t willing and able to help. The holidays can be stressful enough, so take help when it’s offered.
Think outside of the box. There are so many fun ideas out there for decorating and cooking and gifting during the holidays. Read blogs and find ones that fit with your personal style and skill set. Even if you’re not very crafty you’ll find some fun ideas that you can try.
Have you noticed a theme yet? I think the holidays are all about staying true to yourself and what you love. Spend time with the people you love, celebrate the way you love, give the types of gifts you love. Whatever you do, do what works for you.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the great Christmas Cards available from Storkie. Everything is sorted into collections which makes it easy to find the cards that match your personal style.
I wrote this blog post while participating in the Storkie holiday blogging program. I received compensation for my participation. All opinions are 100% mine.