WEEK TWO – TO AN ORGANIZED CHRISTMAS
Its nine weeks ’til Christmas and though it still seems a long way off, you can get started with these tips to help you go gently into a relaxed organized Christmas.
A GOOD PLACE TO START WOULD BE WITH A FAMILY MEETING:
Gather the family together and make this a fun time, perhaps with a cup of cocoa and some treats – either salty or sweet – and have a pleasant conversation.
Reminisce about other Christmases and some of the things your family has done together, over the years. Find out which Christmas traditions are important to them. These might include when to decorate and how elaborately, choosing a real or artificial tree and the importance of Christmas stockings,
What other activities, like decorating sugar cookies, making cinnamon rolls, building a gingerbread house, sledding, caroling, delivering cookie plates to neighbors, or other ventures would they really like to do? Perhaps, if your family is big, like mine, you might wish to have each family member specifically choose one preferred activity.
When we had this discussion last year, I was surprised to find out that many of the things I personally thought were really important to our family were traditions that didn’t necessarily matter to them.
One thing that I did find out was that the fun was less in the traditions and more in doing them together, specifically with Mom.
ARE THERE ANY NEW TRADITIONS THAT YOUR FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO START?
When we had this conversation last year, our family decided to start a couple of new traditions for all those who would be home for Christmas. We started following an Icelandic tradition of giving each person a new book on Christmas Eve. To do this we drew names and decided that the one who bought the book would also fill a Christmas stocking, for the book recipient, to be opened on Christmas morning.
If you are going to do any type of gift exchange, this week would be a good time to draw names.
Get out a calendar and write in the dates for any events you plan to attend. This might include Black Friday shopping, events with relatives, Christmas Eve services, church activities, office parties, sledding, etc. Is there a special day to decorate the house? Put that on the calendar too.
Work on your gift list – if you are at a loss as to what to get or make, ask for a Christmas list from your family members. If you are making any of your gifts, now is the time to make sure you have all the necessary supplies. There are coupons available right now for craft stores check out Ebates for special coupon codes, if shopping online, then start creating. Be certain that your projects aren’t too big to accomplish without getting stressed or running out of time.
DO THIS NOW!!
THIS WEEKEND October 27-29, IS A GREAT TIME TO GET YOUR SHOPPING IN FULL SWING.
The weekend before Halloween is ABSOLUTELY the BIGGEST “under-advertised” shopping event of the year! One “trick” is that a lot of stores use triple shopping bonuses.
You’ll find sales prices PLUS additional percentages off, AND often extra $$ off OR even coupons for $$ off on your next shopping trip, after spending a specific amount. These triple deals can result in really big savings!
If shopping online you’ll find FREE shipping deals PLUS sales prices, PLUS coupon codes for a percentage off AND BONUS EBATES money back (DOUBLED THIS WEEKEND). If you aren’t an Ebates member, sign up using this green EBATES button, it’s free, and it has saved me so much money PLUS getting a checks from them every three months (the next one is for more than $30) I got started by signing up and doing my regular online shopping using their coupon codes.
AND ONE MORE THING:
Are you having Thanksgiving in another city? Are you traveling for Christmas? Be sure you have necessary tickets, rental cars etc. Thanksgiving is just a month away!! 🙂
Check out these Tips for Week One of the Christmas Countdown, to make sure you have everything covered.