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10 Tips for Helping to Create Your Ultimate Christmas Countdown Checklist

Are you in panic mode knowing Christmas is just 17 days away? If hoping to have more holiday cheer and less stress this Christmas, there is still time to get organized. 

For many of us, simply having a holiday calendar of events placed on the refrigerator just isn’t enough. Creating a quick and simplified checklist to use as your roadmap leading up to the final days before Christmas may be the solution to your annual holiday stress. 

Below are some helpful tips I have collected to help you create the ultimate Christmas checklist; and as with any list, don't forget to check it twice!

1.Update your holiday card list

  • Add new family members to this year’s Christmas card list
  • Review address book and update addresses
  • Check card recipients off your list as you go to keep from forgetting anyone

2.Order and send holiday cards

  • Choose a festive design and your favorite family photo from this year.
  • Once they arrive, have a helper work with you to get them addressed and sent out.

3.Plan holiday baking

  • Check your pantry for ingredients while also checking expiration dates
  • Make a shopping list for needed items.
  • Have kids and grandkids join in the holiday baking fun.
  • Set aside baking time each week to avoid baking overload at the last minute

4.Simple stocking stuffer solutions

  • Make a list of potential stocking stuffer ideas for each person
  • Check your existing gift closet inventory
  • Remember, basic everyday necessities can make the perfect stocking stuffers.
  • Prepare for next year and start accumulating potential stocking stuffers soon after Christmas

5.Wrap and label gifts as you buy them

  • Check your gift wrap supply before spending money on more wrapping paper and gift boxes
  • Avoid the last minute hassle of wrapping
  • Wrap and label each gift soon after purchase and store in your favorite hiding spot
  • If unable to wrap right away, put a sticky note with the person’ name on the gift
  • Save yourself the hassle and use gift bags when able

6.Complete menu planning for holiday meals

  • Talk with family and friends to decide who will be hosting this year’s Christmas dinner
  • If hosting, decide on the main entrée first
  • Ask guests to bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to help out
  • Make a detailed shopping list to avoid multiple trips to the store
  • Buy non-perishable food items in advance to help break up the dreaded grocery bill
  • If using a frozen turkey, defrost in refrigerator 3-4 days before cooking. 

7.Confirm travel reservations

  • If flying, ensure your photo ID, passport, etc. is current and not expired
  • Have your confirmation receipts account for and ready if needed when checking into the airport
  • Book hotel rooms and confirm nights of stay
  • Check weather at your destination to ensure your family is prepared during the holiday travels

8.Make sure out-of-town gifts are mailed out correctly and on time

  • Try to have gifts in the mail by December 14th
  • Double check addresses of gift recipients
  • Ensure correct amount of postage is on each package to avoid returned packages
  • Keep tracking numbers handy to easily keep track package deliveries each day.

9.Deep clean your house

  • If limited on time to clean, have family and friends refer trust worthy house cleaners
  • Stock the linen cabinet with clean towels and sheets for overnight guests
  • Clear out refrigerator a few days prior to hosting Christmas to make room for holiday dishes

10.Buy and decorate your live Christmas tree

  • Getting your tree two weeks before Christmas can help ensure it stays fresh and retains its needles through Christmas
  • If cutting down your own tree, be sure to have the necessary tools and take safety precautions
  • When picking the perfect tree, be reasonable in choosing the size to ensure it will fit comfortably in your home
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