Prepping For The Holidays. Top 10 Ideas.

So in my opinion there are two types of people in November. Those who are still hanging on to the "Halloween, pumpkin carving, leaves changing" vibe and those who are "so excited for Christmas, oh yeah Thanksgiving too, but when can we get the tree" type of people. I fall into the second category and I am so proud of it. I love Autumn, but when I can say that there are only 7 more Mondays until my favorite day of the year then I throw all socially acceptable holiday behavior to the wind. I love Christmas time.

Now that you've had that little explanation, you can understand the importance of this post for all the holiday lovers out there! Here are a few things that I think you should start thinking about with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years quickly approaching. I'd love to hear how you prepare for the holiday season in the comments below too!

  1. Get your social calendar organized! This is so important, especially if you have a lot of commitments during the holidays. You don't want to miss a visit or an appointment or a volunteer opportunity you committed to because you forgot to write it down or set a reminder on your phone!
  2. Stock up on wrapping paper and stamps.  Now is the time! After Thanksgiving the wrapping paper left is usually tacky or covered in cartoons. All the pretty stuff is gone. And don't even get me started on the post office after Black Friday. It's a crazy house. Stock up now friends!
  3. Make a Christmas card list. I do this every year + it is so helpful! Make sure that you have everyone written down that is getting a card this year. You don't want to miss Aunt Matilda or your best friend because you tried to write them all out from memory alone.
  4. Send out those Christmas cards. Make sure that you get those Christmas cards in the mail before December 10th. That's like, the safest date to make sure they don't get lost or arrive late without paying extra.
  5. Write out a gift list.  Who are you shopping for and what are they getting? I can't tell you how many years I've wandered through Target unsure of what to get my mom or brother and I end up leaving with nothing for them and 2 new sweaters.
  6. Grab some extra gifts. We've all been there. On the way to a Christmas party and ... OH NO! There's a White Elephant and we didn't bring anything. Walmart and Target have great items that are super cheap and definitely crowd-pleasers. Pick up a pack of cards and a cute coffee mug to have on hand just in case.
  7. Get travel plans set. Now is the time to do it. Get those tickets, make those reservations, put that rental car on hold. You don't want to be rushing around and emptying your wallet because you waited until the week before your trip.
  8. Watch your diet and get exercise. Because Pumpkin Pie.
  9. DIY and Decorate. Get the supplies and unpack the decorations now before the house is too messy or you run out of time to make that DIY napkin holder and the cute pinecone wreath!
  10. Baking. Make sure you're not using cinnamon that expired in 2013. Or baking soda that lost it's zing. Replace old ingredients and make a pie or two ahead to place in the freezer. Trust me, it'll be a lot nicer on Thanksgiving/Christmas morning when you don't have to slave over another apple pie.

What are some ways that you prep for the holidays? Any time savers that really help you out this time of year? I'd love to hear them in the comments below. And be on the lookout in the next few weeks for my Guys and Gals Gift Guide 2015!


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