Christmas is by far my most favorite time of the year. I love the feeling of celebration, love and hope that we should be experiencing. It is sad when I talk to other moms that don’t feel the same way. I think our society needs to be careful before all of the Christmas magic is sucked out! It is being replaced with over the top gifts that create debt and families that are so caught up in their individual selfish desires that they forget the point is to create memories together! If we are not intentional with how we spend our time this month we will feel depressed and let down when it’s over.
I try not to get too overwhelmed with the details of the season. It really helps me to start early so that I am more present when the holidays arrive. This also give me more time to do the things that bring me joy when the season is in full swing.
I have to admit I become a little obsessed with the Hallmark channel this time of year. I love to take it a step farther by attending real life holiday events that make me feel like I am living in a Hallmark movie. There I said it! (please don’t judge me)
But seriously, when I was a kid I cherished the traditions that we did every year and my kids are now the same way. If I am stressed out, overwhelmed and too busy getting things done I will miss these very important memories.
I think being proactive with organization and not procrastinating is the key to getting the most out of the holiday season.
Here are 5 ways to stay calm and organized during the holidays:
Grab your calendar and spend a little time reserving time in your schedule for the things that matter most to your family.
What activities do you want to do together?
Who do you want to see and spend time with this year?
When will you get your shopping done?
What traditions do you want to continue?
Make Card Sending Easy
I absolutely love receiving holiday cards in the mail, especially ones with photos! It warms my heart to see pictures of our friends and family in the mail during November and December! However, over the years I feel like less people are taking the time to keep up with this tradition. It could be the money it costs but I also think it is because people 1) don’t plan ahead 2) over think!
There are ways to make this tradition easy:
Don’t over think the card or photo, it doesn’t have to be perfect
Create an excel sheet of addresses that will print labels. You can reuse every year.
Use return address stickers or have the address printed on the envelope.
Create your card on a website that will mail them for you.
Decorate & Purge Decor At The Same Time
The perfect time of year to clean out your holiday decoration is while you are decorating! Nobody wants to look at the Christmas decor in July! So while you are looking at these items decide what you don’t want. I will give you a hint: the decorations left in the bottom of the bins are the ones you don’t love. If you loved them then they would be displayed. Let them go now and save storage space the rest of the year!
Clean and Label the Bins
Now that you are finished with your decorating and have removed the items you no longer love or use, your bins should be nice and empty. This is the perfect time to wipe them out and label them. I don’t know about you but I am always more excited to pull out my decor then pack it away. I like to have the bins ready to go so I can just toss it all back in after the holiday season.
Pinterest Pantry Prep
It is a good idea to stock up on ingredients and snacks that you will need on hand during the holiday season. Here is one of my favorite holiday tips to share with you: spend about 20 minutes on Pinterest and pick one or two easy recipes that you can make for all holiday parties or gatherings you get invited to. Save it to your board and make a list of all the ingredients you will need. Next time you go grocery shopping stock up on these ingredients. This will not only save you time running to the store it will take the guess work out of making something next time you receive an invitation.