It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go,
Take a look in the five-and-ten, it’s glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes that glow.
Cue heart swooning wrap in a blanket and binge watch Hallmark holiday movies season. It is time everybody, time for Christmas! Judge me as you will, but Buble starts making it through my Spotify playlists starting on November 1st, but now, it’s 100% Christmas music until December 25th at 11:59 pm.
This time of year is my favorite. It has also been one of the most stressful in times past, but luckily I’ve made some adjustments throughout the years, and now I’m going to share them with you.
1. When it comes to shopping.
Start saving on July 1st, pre-shop on November 15th, then pull the trigger during your four-day Thanksgiving break.
Saving in July. This gives you five months to put away additional funds to help you not feel stretched during November and December. When I started a few years ago, I only put $20 a week away and had $400 by the time I began to shop, but the amount you save is up to your budget.
Be like Santa, make a list and check it twice. This golden rule applies to everything in life, but during the holidays when your mind is in giving mode it can be the most important to stay on financial track.
Shop Online. There are so many consumer goods shoved into a store that your mind can become dazed and even with a list you wander and end up with things you don’t need to buy for Christmas. You can sometimes find a better deal online because you can find promo codes.
The only thing I don’t buy online is wrapping paper and bows. I love picking those out in person
2. When it comes to decorating.
Your home can look Pinterest worthy with minimal effort, and minimal cost. Long are the days where a house that has thrown up Christmas looks good.
Here is what I like to do.
Here is what I want to do.
3. When it comes to wrapping.
Choose a theme, something that you can mix and match (bows, paper, ribbon, and tags). I wrote about what I’ve done before; nothing has changed.
4. When it comes to cooking.
Crockpot as much as you can. I mean it! During the holidays there are so many experiences that are out there, cooking should be the last thing on your mind after a long days work. Soups, Meats, and even Cinnamon Rolls on the weekends will make decking the halls and enjoying the season so much easier.
5. Experiencing the season.
This one is easy. Since everything else has been simplified, I can get up and get out to enjoy everything the season has to offer. We have time to skate the rink at the mall because we don’t have bags to lug around from shopping. We have the ability to walk around the stores and see their window displays because we are not focused on stopping to buy gifts every two seconds. We can drive around the neighborhood and see lights, dance around the house to jingle bells, and overdose on chocolate chip cookies.
Santa only comes once a year, and these years the suspense is real. Logan is now officially a Christmas junkie. Here is to enjoying everything Christmas has to offer! You can follow me on Instagram or Snapchat: MeghanBaylee – I can’t wait to see your holiday season either.