Wednesday, October 5, 2011

10 Holiday Planning Tips

     The holidays are fast approaching.  There is so much to do for the holidays no matter which one you celebrate.  We celebrate Christmas in our family.  I have put together quick list of 10 Holiday Planning Tips.

1.  Make a list.  There are so many things going on around the holidays and the best way to organize it is to make a list.  I like to make a list of gifts to buy and a list of foods to make and bake.  And don't forget to add holiday events to your calendar. 

2.  Plan your budget.  During the holidays it is so easy to over spend a little here and a little there.  By planning a budget you can save yourself a lot of stress. 

3.  Participate in holiday events.  There are so many great programs going on during the holidays, pick a couple and plan to attend.  There are many free ones too!  We love to do some of the library activities.  Also, we are looking forward to the zoo lights this year. 

4.  Get your tree early and decorate early.  The later it gets the less likely you will get it done.  Plus you spend so much time doing it you want to be able to enjoy it as long as you can. 

5.  Order your holiday cards early and get them sent out.  This is always my goal since I am often late in sending them.  But I am getting a head start by checking out all the great  Storkie Christmas cards.  Look at this cute design:
6.  Bake, Bake, Bake... if that's something you enjoy.  I love to bake for the holidays.  Don't feel guilty when you taste, taste, taste during that baking.  Its the holidays and your burning all those calories while walking the stores and malls shopping.   

7.  Participate in some holiday traditions.  There are so many fun holiday traditions that people participate in.  Baking, Christmas PJ's, a new ornament, special holiday movie, and so many  more.  Make it special for your family.

8.  Take lots and lots of pictures.  The holidays are such a special time that you will want to capture it on film.  Before you know it the kids will be grown and gone.  You want to be able to look back and remember when they were young.  (And the hardest for me.. be in some of those pictures too, don't always be the photographer)

9.  Take the kids to see Santa.  You don't have to go wait in that super long line at the mall to see Santa.  There are many places that will have a Santa visit.  Last year Santa came to the library story time and the year before that he was at Walmart. 

10.  Sit back, relax, and have a glass of wine (or eggnog), but I prefer wine. 

There are so many more things that can be added to the list, but I think this is a good start.  What are some of your fun holiday tips?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the Storkie holiday blogging program. I received compensation for my participation. All opinions are 100% mine.


  1. yay to the wine! I agree with the Santa trip too :)

  2. I agree with budgeting. Also don't charge what you can't afford to pay off, at the end of the month.
    ~Catherine L.

  3. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    Angela Michels
    lilsweeper76 at yahoo dot com