Happy November! I hope you had a fun Halloween! Despite the rain, we trooped through the neighborhood and we had a fun night! I have to admit that I have already put away our Halloween decorations. It’s time to think HOLIDAYS! The next two months will be so much fun but, I’m sure you can relate that, these weeks can also be very crazy. Between hosting holiday dinners, buying presents for everyone, ordering Christmas cards, you name it, our to-do list can make us pretty stressed out! Every year, I create a November to-do-list so that I can check off as many holiday tasks as possible. If I spread out the holiday responsibilities over two months instead of just a few weeks, I am able to enjoy the holidays and perhaps even relax a little:) Today, I am sharing Six Things to do in November to Get Ready for the Holidays!
It is a good idea to do a final clean out before the avalanche of new toys and gifts! Throw away anything that hasn’t been played with in months. Get rid of toys that are broken or missing parts. Your kids won’t miss these toys because they will be getting new ones soon! Doing the clean out before Christmas allows you to assess what the kids really play with and which toys are duds. Then, you know what kind of toys and gifts to get your kids for this holiday!!
If you have time, address any other areas of the home that require de-cluttering!
Buy Supplies for Holiday Entertaining
Are you hosting any big holiday meals? This is the month to make sure you have all of the necessary serving and dining utensils! Do you have enough wine glasses and eating utensils for your crowd? Are you in need of new tablecloths and napkins?
Once I know what I need, I use this month to pick up those items when I see them at the stores! If I know I will be entertaining a few times over the holidays, I buy my supplies in bulk. I’ll buy several packs of paper napkins, plastic cups, etc!
Order Christmas Cards
This task is my number one item on my November to-do list! It is such a HUGE relief to have my cards created and ordered in November. I really try to order my cards before Thanksgiving.
First, you need to get a list together of everyone you are sending a card to and make sure you all have all of the correct addresses. Inevitably, every year I am tracking down several new addresses.
There are usually some great coupon codes on cards in November, so now is the time to take advantage.
Create Your Holiday Gift List
Whether or not you are doing any shopping this month, now is the time to create your shopping list! I’ve mentioned my favorite Christmas app that helps you stay organized! This app allows you to create shopping lists, set an overall budget, determine budgets for each person, keeps track of what you’ve bought and still need to buy! It’s a lifesaver!
The paper method works too! Be sure to create a list of everyone you need to buy for! Don’t forget to write down any hostess gifts you will need!!
Schedule Holiday Traditions
This month, get the calendar out and start planning all of the Christmas activities that you want to do! This includes penciling in time for a visit to Santa, baking cookies with family and seeing holiday lights! It’s not too early to start scheduling these must do events in your calendar to ensure that they happen.
The holidays can get so busy with other obligations that you don’t want to forget to allow time for some of your family’s favorite traditions!
Order Christmas Pajamas and Outfits
The final item on the November to-do list is ordering all of our family’s Christmas outfits including pajamas! When the kids were very little, I always coordinated their holiday outfits. I am not sure I can get away with that anymore as my oldest is eleven! But, I still try to color coordinate them for the holidays as much as allowable.
Last year, I got the kids these plaid pajamas and fortunately everyone still fits in them. One less item for me to buy this year:)
Even if you can do just a few of these items in November, you will be a little less hectic in December. Maybe you’ll even have more time to eat Christmas cookies and watch Hallmark movies!