Lists are not just for Santa!
T he holiday season is often accompanied by worries about not being ready in time. As the festive season is approaching fast, here is a list for those in charge of organizing Christmas. It will help you make sure everything goes off without a hitch. 1. Establish your budget. This is always a good starting point. It feels aw- ful to regret all your spending once the holidays are past. 2. Create checklists. Plan your menus, gifts, indoor and outdoor decorations, and schedule your beauty appointments well in advance. 3. Set your tasks. Each of the previous lists brings its own share of things to do, so it’s important to list them clearly along with a time frame in which to do them. 4. Spread out the tasks. Note on a calendar or in your smartphone agenda all
things to do each day, as this will give you a better overview. It will also be easier to add an item to the list or delete completed tasks (yay!), so that you don’t forget anything. 5. Delegate. Some tasks can even be assigned to the children. You’ll be surprised at their creativity! 6. Get organized in advance. Some things can be done well before Christmas. Think about preparing any make-ahead dishes that can be frozen until the party or Christmas dinner. Doing this will al- low you to relax a bit during the party! 7. Buy your gifts before the last minute rush. Shopping on December 23 is just an invitation to stress. So start shopping in late November or early December. If that is truly impossible, bear in mind that shopping malls are less crowded early in the week.
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