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Holiday Planning

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Yes, you just read my title correctly. I am one who likes to be prepared and organized. One could call me a planner. Planning ahead like this helps my well-being. I won't have to run around like my hair is on fire closer to the holidays. This weekend my daughter and I will come up with the menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This way I can start my ingredient list and start shopping. I buy my non-perishables when they come on sale in the next few weeks. This will help me be ready to bake when the time comes as well. I also make a list of who I need to shop for, a budget, and gift ideas. I am not a Black Friday shopper so I watch for deals and the gifts ahead of time. Normally my shopping is done by Thanksgiving. I just need stocking stuffers after that. (Note: I do live in MN and weather can be an issue when it comes to shopping). Also, I am not a fan of big crowds. I have a plan for house cleaning as well. Working on the house bit by bit prevents the crisis cleaning the days leading to the holidays. I plan exercise time in all of this as well. Now with being prepared, I can sail through the holidays and enjoy them. I can wrap the presents when Dec hits, watch movies with my kids, and bake all my cookies my family loves. I have done this for a few years now and it has greatly helped me. I do not feel overwhelmed or stressed. My mental health thanks me greatly.

2 sites I prefer to use (they have printables too):

May your holidays be less stressed and enjoyable! Thanks for stopping by.
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  • FRAN0426
    I too have always started early, buying gifts and having as many wrapped even before Thanksgiving. I don't do the shopping early the past few years, as as the nephews and nieces have grown into adults we stop doing gifts for Christmas. Both of our parents have passed away, my sister too, so the list is down to our children and grand child.
    I don't bake like I used to, as no one here to help eat it all. So I pick out a couple for each of our favorites, and make some candy.
    I found doing things early years ago kept me less stressed with working, home life and the added holidays., so yes you are doing great starting early.
    39 days ago
    Great planning! We will probably be spending both holidays at home without our extended family. This isn't terribly unusual for us, depending on what our son and his family have planned. Regardless, we hope to be able to get together with them at some point depending on whether everyone can stay healthy. It's a beautiful time of year.
    40 days ago
    Come and shop at the grocery stores early. Get what you need who knows what this year is going to do. I love planning. I don't celebrate holidays its interesting watching various types of people. The planners, the last second panic buyers.
    40 days ago
    Way to Go with the planning!
    40 days ago
  • DBEAU57
    Thanks! I'm always a basket-case because I'll think of something and then an hour later it's forgotten. With the Christmas planner, I can jot it down as soon as I think of it, and it will not get lost! (I'm ADD and can't take medication for it because it raises my blood pressure.)
    40 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    Great info thanks for sharing the sites with us.

    41 days ago
    I just eat what is in the house
    41 days ago
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