Many of us complain about how Christmas comes too soon and we’re not organized in time. Why not plan to begin getting organized in July? Many communities celebrate Christmas in July as a summer event, possibly to diminish the experience of summer heat and humidity (in the Northern Hemisphere).
I can think of many reasons to begin planning in the summer.
• There’s plenty of time to think clearly about if or how you want to celebrate.
• You can take advantage of sales to purchase gifts at reduced prices.
• If you plan to travel, you can watch for seat sales on the airlines and book early to ensure you can be on the flight you prefer.
• If you need to book hotels, you can do this well in advance so you can secure the rooms you need for the dates you need them.
• You can casually bring up the subject of gifts with those you don’t see often to get a sense of what gift they’d like to receive without being obvious about it.
• If your family chooses names and buys just one gift for one person, this activity can be handled over summer vacation or planned for Thanksgiving or another date when the family is together.
• You can select the recipes you’d like to make for any special meals and begin purchasing the non-perishable ingredients so the cost is amortized over a period of weeks/months.
• If you have a dedicated bank account to cover the holiday costs, you can still add to it even if you use some of it for suggestions made above.
• You can watch for special events that are scheduled such as concerts, Santa Claus Parade etc. and add them to your calendar.
• You can take advantage of craft sales for unique gifts and specialty foods.
You may like to add to this list and personalize it for your family and your preferences.
Here are a couple of resources to help you. My Christmas Workbook: plan and create a more meaningful Christmas and my colleague, Maria Rodgers O’Rourke’s Prepare Your Heart for a Great Christmas.
My book helps you work out what Christmas means to you and how to prepare for it, if you’ve come to the conclusion that you want to continue to celebrate and how that celebration will unfold. Maria’s book is a devotional for the Christmas season and will help prepare those who wish to include a spiritual aspect to their celebrations.
Whichever way you choose to celebrate Christmas, or not, there will likely be some organizing involved, so begin your planning early so you’re not caught at the last minute with tasks outstanding.
Do you celebrate Christmas? What do you include in your celebrations? What works for you and what doesn’t? I’d love to have you join the conversation in the comments box below…
© 2014 Moreen Torpy
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Moreen Torpy is the De-Clutter Coach, a Professional Organizer, Author, and Speaker. Her new book is Going Forward: Downsizing, Moving and Settling In. See http://GoForwardDownsize.com for more about the book and http://decluttercoach.ca to learn about her organizing services and other books.