Getting Ready for the Holidays

Today I’m sharing how I have been getting ready for the holidays! This time of year the to-do list is a mile long as there are cards to order, presents to buy, meals to make and fun events to attend. I absolutely love this season but boy it is exhausting!

These are a few things I do that help me stay organized and less stressed around the holidays!

Order Christmas Cards Early

The first thing on my to do list is to order Christmas cards. I typically try to do this around Thanksgiving so I can get one thing checked off my list. I don’t get overly crazy about selecting the fanciest or most elaborate card so I can usually make my decision pretty quickly!

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I love displaying our own family’s cards from the previous years!

The last few years I’ve paid the extra few dollars to have my return address already printed on the envelopes. It is well worth the extra fee! Maybe one of these years I’ll have the recipients’ addresses printed on the envelopes which would save even more time!!

Decorate in One Day

In case you missed my post yesterday, I shared our home decked out for the holidays. I’ve mentioned before, but I prefer to go for broke and get all of my decorating done in one day. It means not sitting down all day but the benefits outweigh being tired at the end of the day! This year, the day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating first thing in the morning and we were finished by dinner! So now, we can sit back and enjoy our decorated home for the rest of the season.

 

I always try to incorporate fun seasonal activities for the kids around the house. We always put out our Little People Nativity and Santa Village sets. Also I swap out our fall and Thanksgiving books for our Christmas and winter books.

I gather up our Christmas movies and games so that they are readily available. Christmas Spot It is great for ages 3 and up! It’s a simple and quick game to play. My five year old LOVES this game.

Finally, if I’m really on top of my game, I make sure our advent calendar is filled with treats for each day!

Menu Plan for the Whole Season

I spent some time earlier this month writing down all of the events that we have planned that will require food and deciding on what I will make for each occasion. I’ve found that if I gather up recipe ideas early in the season and write out all of the ingredients that I need, I save time and effort later. When I’m at the store, I’ll pick up things in advance and purchase items in bulk if I need for multiple occasions.

I tend to repeat the same recipes over throughout the month instead of reinventing the wheel each time I need to entertain or bring food!

A few of my favorite appetizer and dessert recipes include:

Christmas Crack Toffee i heart naptime

Chicken Buffalo Dip Taste of Home

Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Betty Crocker

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Walnuts and Pecoroni Cheese Epicurious

Also, I buy all of my wine and other beverages early. My grocery store offers a case discount so I take advantage this time of year and stock up. Besides the discount, this saves me from making last-minute trips to the grocery store for a bottle of wine!

Our bar cart is ready for the holidays!

Pop the Bubbly Sign: Francesca’s 

Wood Stump Cake Stand: World Market

Copper Mugs: Amazon

Schedule Family Traditions

In the busyness of the season, it is easy to find it challenging to fit in all of the family traditions. My family and I have been discussing all of the things that we like to do this time of year and I have been jotting them down on our calendar!

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These are just some of my ideas for getting ready for the holidays! How do you stay organized during this busy season? Share any tips you have for making the holidays a less crazy time!

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27 Comments

  1. December 6, 2017 / 6:43 am

    You and I are on the same page with most of these- the only thing I can’t say I have done is meal plan for the entire season- definitely a goal for next year!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 6, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      It’s nice to start the season a little more organized…I can’t guarantee I won’t still feel crazy at some point! Ha!

  2. December 6, 2017 / 7:56 am

    I love the idea of menu planning for the whole season. I’ve been putting that off and I really just need to sit down and do it! These are all great ideas 🙂 Happy Holidays!!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 6, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      It makes a difference looking at the meal plan for the whole month. I find when I wait until the last minute, I feel a little stressed!

  3. December 6, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Some great ideas! Your bar cart was to cute!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 6, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks Kayla! It’s a fun time of year.

  4. December 6, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Your bar cart is to die for!! Love it. I love that you plan out and write down your family traditions. Really gets the excitement going for the kids!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 6, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks Courtney! It’s a fun cart to style. You make a good point about building up the excitement level of the season! Thanks!

  5. December 6, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    These are all really great ideas!! Especially buying things that you know you’ll need early!! I love the checklist!! We need to make that for our family!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 6:03 am

      Thanks Mary Leigh! Happy Holidays!

  6. Eryka
    December 7, 2017 / 8:18 am

    your holiday bar is gorgeous!!!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 6:03 am

      Thanks Eryka! Cheers!

  7. Shannan N Panganiban
    December 7, 2017 / 9:15 am

    You are so organized! Great work!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 6:02 am

      Not that organized but have a few things together! Ha!

  8. December 7, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I love the chalkboard checklist! 🙂 such a cute idea!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 6:01 am

      Thanks Carly!

  9. December 7, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I agree with the decorating in one day. And the meal planning- because I never want to cook this time of year!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

      Yes I agree on cooking! It’s a lot of time in the kitchen between regular meal prep and all the extra baking and cooking!

  10. December 7, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Wow! You are so on top of it! I really need to up my game 🙂

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 8, 2017 / 5:59 am

      This is just one area…trust me…I’ve got a lot of other organizational areas to improve on!

  11. December 8, 2017 / 11:33 am

    I’m envious of how organized and on-top-of-it-all you are, especially during this crazy season! I’m going to try to be more like you this month, haha.

  12. December 8, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I love your Christmas to do list, I need to write out one like this for my fam!!

  13. December 8, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    SO many amazing tips! And I love the Christmas bucket list!

  14. Katie
    December 9, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    These are great suggestions. I need to start doing some of these…. like order Christmas cards early.. don’t think we are doing any this year 🤦🏼‍♀️

  15. December 9, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am loving that advent calendar! So cute!

  16. December 12, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Your tree is gorgeous and I love your bar cart!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      December 12, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Thank you! XO

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