Christmas Eve is only 10 weeks from today!
Why should you use the Christmas countdown? Simply, because it will make your life easier and less stressful. You will be able to achieve your goals without killing yourself. The goal of the countdown is to space out your Christmas preparations so you can enjoy the season and be finished by Christmas Eve. Just think how great you’ll feel when you wake up on December 24th and realize there is nothing to do apart from enjoying the day!
This week is all about the lists.
First, finalize your list of gift recipients. If you have already bought some gifts (bonus points), write down what you’ve bought. You can also jot down any ideas you might have. You may want to color-code the gifts that will have to be shipped.
Second, finalize your Christmas card list and update addresses as much as possible.
Third, if you will be throwing a party, make your guest list and let folks know of the need to save the date (if you haven’t already.)
Fourth, using your calendar, block out any existing engagements from November 1st through New Year’s: family, work, religious, social. Also, block out some rest time. You’ll need it.
Fifth, begin drafting your menus for the various holiday events: Thanksgiving, a Christmas party, Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas brunch, New Year’s Eve dinner, New Year’s Day brunch.
Finally, if you plan to make any gifts, make a list of the things you plan to make and the supplies you’ll need. Make sure you have all necessary supplies on hand or that you have a plan to get them and schedule in crafting time.
These lists will be the basis of our efforts over the next ten weeks, so make these lists and check them twice!