7 Things to do just before Christmas

It seems every year the starting of the Christmas season always starts early. For me, it’s almost a month long celebration with a few family birthdays tucked in too.  To take the stress a way you always need to start early to prepare for Christmas day. When you do this, you can avoid the last minute arranging, wrangling and the resultant tension that comes along with it. Here are a few things from your organized Realtor that you have to absolutely start doing a few weeks before Christmas.

1. Finish your clothes shopping a week or a few weeks before

The bargains that you get before Christmas are a best time to go shopping for Christmas. You will be out shopping anyway, so it makes sense to stock up on clothes for Christmas too. This way you can avoid the last minute drives to shops for clothes on the day of Christmas or the day before when you already have a million other things to do.

2. Shop for all the non-perishable food items

There are some things that you can buy and store for a long time. These can be even ingredients for your Christmas cake or dinner. Make a detailed list of what you are going to have for Christmas and stock up on all those items a few weeks before Christmas. There are chances that you may not find what you want during the Christmas rush.

3. Make that Cake

If you are making a raisin cake, plum cake or a fruit cake, start preparing for it early. The cake tastes much better depending on how long you let the raisins soak in the rum and how long you let the ingredients soak with each other.

4. Buy and wrap all the gifts

It is not enough if you just buy gifts for Christmas. Wrapping takes a long time too if you do not want to spend long hours standing in a supermarket to get your gifts wrapped purchase a few rolls of wrapping paper while you're buying gifts. Here's a great tip for next year:  Buy the wrapping paper at a discount price after Christmas and save for next year!  I'm all stocked up how about you?



5. Get a Christmas tree and choose the decorations

Getting the right tree for Christmas can be a huge task at times. When you start early, you can get a better choice. Also if you had accumulated a lot of decorations over the years, take your time to sort out the ones you would be putting up for this Christmas. Make this a family activity but just make sure that you start doing this a few weeks in advance.  

6. Start sending out cards

Christmas cards must also be sent early and you can do the shopping for this before Christmas. If your list is really long, then it helps that you start early.  Create an excel spread sheet with all the addresses so it's easy to update each year.  Avery.com has a great wizard you can download that can be used with Word to merge your labels to print.  It's a slick tool!

7. Sending out Christmas invites

You should also start sending out your Christmas invites much earlier. This gives enough time for your guests to RSVP and also enough time for you to breathe easy and make the preparations to host them.

The earlier you start preparing for Christmas celebrations, the easier your Christmas would be. You can save yourself and your family a lot of stress and tension by preparing early for all the festivities.


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