I know last week it was still in the 90s for high temperatures and it looks like we are just starting to get used to having kids in school again and going back to work regularly instead of everyone being at home and trying to figure out the logistics of it all. We were just learning to be home and face to face 24/7 when things have slipped back into some sort of normal pre-pandemic routine and are breathing after the weirdness of the past 18 months, but taking deep breaths. . because the holidays are literally around the corner.
In less than 100 days, 97 to be exact from today, will be Christmas Day. I mean, hell, we’re just getting into pumpkin spice season and girls’ hot fall. We haven’t even done Hallween yet. I get it, really, but this year Thanksgiving falls on November 25th, so the shopping, cooking, baking, traveling, you’re tearing your hair out because of all the things you need to make the season only last for a while. one month after the feast of Turkey.
When I realized how close we are, I made a checklist. Maybe this will help you prepare as well.
1. List of gifts – Right now, while your mind is clear and the craziness hasn’t started, make your shopping list. Be realistic about what you are going to buy and break it down into paychecks. Holidays are too expensive to put in a single paycheck, so lay it out.
2. Make a party program – Contact your friends and family to make a preliminary holiday list. They might not have thought of it yet either, but if you all get together you won’t have to deal with the hassle of two evenings in one night.
3. Buy your tickets – If you are traveling for the holidays, now is the time to buy. Prices will only go up and the way airlines are canceling flights, you want to be ahead of the game rather than having to hurry. Also consider traveling by train. It could be a simpler and cheaper option.
4. Let yourself go – There are a thousand things to do. Write them all down in a list and tick them off as you make them, but don’t panic if you can’t make it all. Do you remember what didn’t happen last Christmas? The things that fell through because there was no way to do them? Yeah, nobody else either. As long as you make it look like this was supposed to happen, everyone will think you are the Christmas Queen, so don’t worry about the little things. Merry Christmas!