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How To Cut The Crazy Out Of Your Holidays

Placing notes in every room of the house during the holidays may relieve stress for some. For others, constant reminders of the growing holiday to-do's creates more anxiety this time of year. 

Keep the “Am I forgetting something” mindset from ruining your holiday cheer this season. If wanting to have more joy by spending quality time with your loved ones this Christmas, don't let your annual holiday procrastination set in. Prepare your holiday countdown list of to-do's now before the final days before Christmas are upon us. 

Enjoy Your Holiday Traditions with this Simplified To-Do List

Week after Thanksgiving

  • Order holiday gift cards
  • Update your holiday mailing list
  • Take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales
  • Create your final list of those you will be buying for and set budget amount for each
  • Begin wrapping gifts as you get them and label to avoid last minute wrapping
  • Start pulling out the decorations

2-3 Weeks before Christmas

  • Confirm plans for loved ones coming to stay in your home
  • Finalize your holiday menu/know which dishes you are bring to other events
  • Begin shopping for nonperishable items you will need for your holiday dinner
  • Finish mailing holiday cards
  • Finish holiday gift shopping

1 Week before (take inventory & wrap-up last minute details)

  • Gather dishes, glasses, etc. and purchase any that need to be replaced
  • Confirm how many guests will be attending your holiday meal
  • Deep clean house and finish decorating touches
  • Start baking any goodies you can freeze and take out the day before (cookie dough, baked goods, etc.)
  • Wrap any lingering presents

1 Day Before

  • Start doing any meal prep including baking pies, decorating cookies, etc.
  • Shop for fresh ingredients
  • Set the table
  • Do a final quick cleaning of the house