Preparing for Christmas Like a Pro

Grab your Peppermint Mocha and get ready to plan Christmas like a pro! You might be hinting to your spouse for a patio upgrade from Hiner Outdoor Living or a new necklace you’ve been eyeing for months. Either way, you have some Christmas planning to do yourself!


We’ve offered up a few ways to get started early on your Christmas preparation, so you can enjoy everything the season has to offer – stress free!


Start Your Shopping Early


You don’t want to wait until the last minute to start your Christmas shopping just to be overwhelmed by long lines, empty shelves, and other frantic shoppers. Get ahead of the game this Christmas season and start your shopping early.


A good rule of thumb is to get your Christmas shopping done at the start or middle of November. Ask your family and friends for their lists and come up with a game plan. Another bonus, if you start early, there’s a lot of ticket items you can find deals for. Shopping on websites early also gives you a guarantee your gifts will arrive before Christmas day!


Christmas Photos


If you’re one of those families who likes to send out adorable Christmas cards, start planning your Christmas photo as soon as November. You want to schedule your photo session even earlier, as photographers tend to book up as early as September once wedding season starts to fizzle out.


You can check out ideas on websites like Pinterest and Instagram for some Christmas photo inspiration! Making sure you get your Christmas photo set up early also allows your crew to fit it into their schedule.


Deck the Halls


Is there ever a right time to start decorating your house for Christmas? Some people start as soon as they put their pumpkins and Halloween decorations up. (There’s no judgment here!) Deciding on when to deck your house out with reindeers, wreaths, and poinsettias is entirely up to you.


You don’t want to wait too long before you start decorating, though. This could lead to you not doing it at all as the season gets busier with each passing day in December. The next thing you know, it’s Christmas Eve, and you don’t have your Christmas tree up! 


You want to enjoy the magic of the holiday season for as long as you can, so decorating after Thanksgiving seems to be one of the best times.


Plan out Holiday Adventures


Social media sites, like Facebook, provide an abundance of holiday activities to choose from. There are some special events that are ticketed and sell out quickly, so you want to be sure to get ahead of the game when it comes to planning out holiday adventures.


Peruse Facebook searching in the “events” category to see what activities seem enjoyable for you and the family. You can also look to create holiday activities at home – like building a Gingerbread house, family game night: Christmas Edition, and a holiday movie afternoon. The options are endless when it comes to celebrating this magical time of year!


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