Are you ready? Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and I haven’t bought a single Christmas gift yet. But I am confidant I can pull off a Thanksgiving dinner for 20, decorate the house and send out Christmas cards all in the next three weeks. Somehow it will get done. It has to, right?
Here’s my holiday checklist for mid-November.
Order Christmas cards. If you want them addressed and ready to mail in early December, make sure to order them soon. While it’s not a race (though SOME people at Pear Tree think it is…I won’t name names ) I set Thanksgiving weekend as my deadline for ordering, especially since it falls so late this year.
Still haven’t taken that perfect photo? Thanksgiving may be your last chance to get all the family members together.
Have you started planning for the holidays? You’ve made travel arrangements, decided who’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner and your Holiday photo cards are ready to mail? Well, consider yourself a superhero because most of us don’t even want to think about the holidays yet. But if you get started on your holiday checklist now, you can eliminate some of the last-minute craziness and stress of the holiday season.
Talk to your relatives. This may seem obvious, but rather than assuming plans will be the same as last year and that Aunt Susie will be hosting Thanksgiving as usual, you should ask the question and make plans accordingly. And if you are hosting (or can’t this year) let people know now, so they can make plans.
Keep your eyes peeled for deals. Whether you’re setting the Thanksgiving table, trimming the tree or decking the halls, decorating for the holidays takes time, money and planning, especially if you’re young and just starting out. You can be collecting ideas all year long, and keeping a lookout for sale items you can turn into something beautiful.