So many years, I find myself rushed and stressed trying to enjoy the holiday season. Errands and tasks always seem to pile up to the point it becomes a chore.
This year I am planning my holidays out before they get the better of me. There are many things that can be completed before the holidays begin. Once these things are scheduled or done, let the fun begin. With pre-planning, the holiday season becomes about sharing and loving instead of rushing and stressing.
To help with planning, try holiday printables and binders. I adore this system from IheartOrganizing. She offers free printables. You just put the binder together and start planning. These printables are also fun and easy to print out for holiday planning.
10 Tips To Plan Your Holiday
Finish travel plans. Decide where and when you are travelling. Secure tickets, rooms, and car rentals. Make restaurant reservations in advance. All you need to do it pack and enjoy your vacation.
Create an activity list. What are your family traditions? Looking at Christmas displays? Singing carols? Visiting the elderly? Whatever you like to do during the holidays, put it on the list and decide what you will do. Reach out to family members too. Our family always participates in a local Holiday Tractor Light Parade. We meet on Thanksgiving to decorate the tractor and trailer. On that Saturday, we meet up to ride in our “float”. It is great fun and memories. This is on my activity list every year.Stock up on baking supplies. Now is a great time to stock up on all of your baking supplies. Stores are promoting everything holiday from snowman cake pans to snowflake sprinkles.
Research and select holiday recipes. Narrow down the delicious treats you will make this season. Save those recipes in a folder on your computer, use Pocket, or create a recipe binder. Consider dividing the recipes by type; main, desserts, breads (like this delicious gingerbread cake recipe), etc.
DIY Gifts. My Pinterest board DIY Gifts, includes a collection of ideas for adults and kids. Jot down a list of homemade gifts you would like to make this year. Print the instructions or save to your hard drive.
Start your holiday budget. Plan for:
- baking supplies
- travel plans
- more electric and utility charges
- gifts – family, friends, stocking stuffers
- classroom parties
- donations and charity events
- crafts and DIY gifts
Create your holiday card now. Print the cards at an online vendor such as Shutterfly. Purchase envelopes with the printed return address. Print mailing labels. Purchase stamps. Write your holiday letter. Put the cards together and get ready to mail December 1.
Stock up on outdoor supplies such as electric extension cords, strings of lights, timers, and batters. Check your outdoor lights and replace bulbs or strings.
Reserve day camp spots for your kids. During winter break think about sending the kids to community center camps, Boys and Girls Club, dance or sports camps, or even Grandma’s
Plan and stock up on supplies for crafts to do with the kids. My kids love making gingerbread houses. I purchase a kit for each kid to complete (and eat). It saves time on the baking and arguing over the decorating. These apothecary jars are great to create centerpieces for every holiday.
A little planning and prep work will make the holidays much more enjoyable and joyous.