Preparing For Christmas

By: Lori Thayer

Christmas is a fun yet busy time. Sometimes even though we see the decorations and the ads start months ahead of time it often sneaks up on us. In today's article I'm sharing an outline of things to do while preparing for Christmas.

Start planning in November to get more done early so you have more time to enjoy Holiday festivities in December.


  • Make a list of those you will give cards and, or gifts to.
  • Put holiday lights up outside while it is still warm outside but don't turn them on until after Thanksgiving.
  • Choose photos for Christmas cards and have them printed.
  • Order USPS boxes to mail your holiday gifts in. This will save you from having to stand in line (for a long time) at the post office in December.
  • Find gift jars, boxes, and bags for your homemade gifts. Thrift stores are a great place to find these.

End of November

  • Put up the Christmas Tree after enjoying Thanksgiving and put up all of your Holiday decor. We make this a special day by playing our favorite holiday movies and music while we trim the tree.
  • Turn the Christmas lights on outside. Set them on a timer so they turn on at dusk and off at dawn. The timer will ensure you come home to them at night and never have to remember to unplug them in the morning.
  • Start addressing your Christmas cards and writing personal notes in each card.
  • Begin preparing homemade Christmas gifts. If you are looking for ideas on what to make read our recent article.

Beginning of December

  • Prepare dough for Christmas cookies. Mix the dough up to a month ahead of time and freeze. This enables you to spread out the cookie work. Make several different kinds of dough over several months rather than in one marathon session.
  • Attend or host holiday parties in the first week or two of Christmas. Doing more prep work in November allows you more time to enjoy the festivities in December.
  • Diffuse Christmas scents and play holiday music to give your home a festive air.


  • Wrap gifts as soon as you have them and place them under the tree. A tree with wrapped gifts underneath is a joyful site.
  • Mail your Christmas gifts. Use the USPS boxes. Not only will they save you time and hassle, most likely you will save money as well. Print your postage using your printer at home and simply drop the boxes off at your local post office or UPS store. (or schedule a pick up)
  • Take the dough out of the freezer, thaw for a few hours and bake your cookies. (These can be Christmas gift too!)

What tips are musts for preparing for Christmas in your household? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook.

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