Today is exactly two months til Christmas Eve!! I’m so excited. I love Christmas time, putting up the tree, spending time with friends and family, making gingerbread cookies!! It’s just a lovely time of year.
When I mention Christmas around now I’m greeted with a very loud ‘shhh!’ or told that it’s ages away. Two months is not that long at all, so I thought today for my Friday Five I would give you five compelling reasons (okay, they may not be compelling, but they’re five reasons!) to get organised for Christmas now!
1. The next two months will fly by!
When you think about the amount of time you have for Christmas related planning (and for a lot of us, that is only the weekends) it’s not actually very long. There are only nine weekends until Christmas. That is not very many at all! So get organising!
2. Spread out the financial hit of the season
If you start buying presents now, your bank account won’t take such a hit in December when the mad rush to buy presents starts. Start writing a list of everyone you need to buy presents for and thinking of what you can buy them for Christmas. Try to have at least half of your gifts purchased before December so you won’t have to spend as much time at the shops in December (it’s chaos!) and your bank balance will be a little healthier!
3. Lock plans into everyone’s calendars (if you haven’t already)
I first started talking about Christmas plans with my husbands family in July. This was met with gratitude from my mother-in-law and groans of ‘it’s too soon’ from the rest of the family! My family live in Sydney while Stu’s are here with us in Canberra so it’s a juggle figuring out how to do Christmas. By locking people in early we managed to secure my family Christmas at our house and then Stu’s family at his mum’s later on Christmas Day (bonus for us is Stu’s mum lives 8 doors up so we literally don’t even need to leave our street to do 2 family Christmas’!). December will start filling up pretty quickly in November with various Christmas functions so get in now if you want to lock people in!
4. Order any presents with enough time to be delivered
Some special presents you might be thinking of getting could take weeks to be delivered and you don’t want the pressure of waiting anxiously for something to be delivered in time for Christmas! Don’t leave it to the last minute to order presents online or risk having nothing to give!
5. Start thinking about all the yummy things you’re going to make for Christmas (and start stocking up on non-perishable food)
I love figuring out what food I’m going to make during the Christmas season. My favourites are gingerbread cookies, but I’m particularly partial to gingerbread houses too (above is the gingerbread house I made last year)! I love researching new Christmas recipes and thinking about what sweet Christmas-themed treats I’m going to make in December but also what I’m going to make for Christmas Day. By planning ahead food wise, you can start stocking up on some non-perishable food items so you don’t end up spending a small fortune on food just before Christmas.
I hope I’ve given you some good reasons to start thinking about Christmas now!
When do you start thinking about Christmas? Leave a comment and let me know!
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