My advice? Grab a notebook, an excel sheet, or use an app on your smart phone – whatever you prefer to use to stay on top of things – and write down everything you need to make, purchase or do for Christmas. You need to consider any events you have coming up that you might need to organise something for, be it food, presents, a room, people – anything. Think about any possible activities or catch ups you have now until the new year and write them down. Think about the following questions and write a list including dates of when you need to have things ready:
When do the kids have their school break up?
Do you or your kids need to have a ‘thank you’ gift for the teachers?
Is there a Kris Kringle at work?
Do you have a Christmas catch up with your girlfriends?
Do you always order a ham or turkey from your local butcher?
Do you supply a desert for Christmas eve?
What are you doing for new years eve?
Do you always send a package to your relatives that live interstate/overseas?
What about wrapping paper, scissors, sticky tape?
Of this list make sure you write all events into your diary now (or save it in your phone calendar) and add new items as they come up. Next to each item make any other notes you need to remember. Such as 24 Dec, Xmas break up at 12pm – bring kris kringle & wine. Once you have this full list you can go through and put together your shopping list.
These lists will be your guide to a smooth and happy Christmas – the perfect starting point. From here you’ll want to break it down into what you need to get done sooner rather than later, and what needs to wait until closer to the date.
Remember to review this list regularly and add new things as they come up.