Planning early is best way to avoid a festive meltdown
The best way to deal with Christmas stress is to start planning early. If you want to avoid a festive meltdown, then these are the tips you need to follow.
Create a Christmas card list
Take some time to sit down and work out who you need to send cards to. If you don't already have a list make one – crossing each name off as you send it to make sure you don't forget anyone. You also might decide if you want to write a Christmas letter to go with your Christmas cards or if you want to include a family photo.
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Budget for gifts
Before you begin shopping for Christmas gifts, you need to know how much money you have to spend. When creating your budget, it is always a good idea to budget a little under what you actually have. This gives you the opportunity to spend a little more if you want to and also allows you a little extra money for yourself or for unexpected expenses.
Create your gift list
Many people start Christmas shopping early and some people are even completely done their shopping by mid-November. If you are one of those people, good for you. If you are not, you are going to need to get organised. Why not create a list divided into three columns – with the person's name, the gift idea, and the budget. That way, you can make sure you keep in line with your total spend.
If you go all out with Christmas decorations, you can avoid a little bit of Christmas stress by putting up your decorations in stages. Focus on outside decorations first and then move inside.
The first week of December is the ideal time to start sending out cards to recipients living closer to home. This allows the card more than enough time to get to its destination but also ensures it doesn't arrive too early.
Find a Christmas tree
You can wait until later to find a Christmas tree if you like, but you should have your tree, if you plan to get one, by no later than mid-December.
You have put your decorations up outside, you have your tree, it is time to start turning the inside of your home into a Christmas Wonderland.
If you have pets, it is also a good idea to make sure all of your decorations are "pet proofed". Cats love Christmas trees. Make sure your furry friends know the tree is not a toy. It is also important to make sure any decorations you use are pet-friendly.
Start wrapping presents
Have your Christmas present tags ready and organise your gifts by recipient to save confusion.
Make an event calendar
Christmas can be a busy time for parties. Mark all parties you plan to attend on a calendar so you don't miss anything. Check this calendar all through December, crossing off events as you attend them.