Happy November friends! This weekend on the Internet I saw cute little pictures that “When the clock strikes midnight, Halloween will end. Then BAM, Christmas carols everywhere!” I saw this and I giggled, I use to be one of those people who refused to talk about Christmas until at least the week of Thanksgiving but now I realize that there are a few things that MUST be thought through well before December 1st. Not because its fun to start Christmas early – because it kind of is – but mostly because it’s the only way for me to stay sane during this holiday season. Leaving the kiddie table is a hard job when it requires buying LOTS of gifts and bringing side dishes to family parties. So to combat the struggles of becoming an adult – I have a short list of things I do to make my life easier.
- Christmas shopping begins November 1st. I am not one of those people who can buy presents all year and save them for Christmas. I would lose them or decide to keep them for myself. I also don’t wait until December because quite frankly – I despise holiday shoppers. Maybe it was because I worked in retail for quite a while or maybe its because seeing people be greedy jerks stresses me out and makes me want to punch people – nothing more cheerful than hating everyone around you at the check out line. So to combat this, I do quite a lot of online browsing and window-shopping the first 2 weeks of November and then try to have everything bought by the last week of the month. This helps me make my list and check it twice as well as keeping to my budget. I also utilize Cyber Monday / Cyber Week sales. Nothing is easier than having gifts delivered to your door. By waiting until the end of the month though, I also end up finding good deals on items at local businesses too!
- Collect Holiday Recipes. Being the youngest person in my family in charge of bringing some sort of side dish – I usually end up getting last choice on what to bring. And in the 5 years I have had to bring something, I haven’t been signed up for the same thing twice. I also am usually the last one to find out what I am in charge of. So I like having an arsenal of creative yet simple recipes to use at a moments notice. I spend a lot of time cutting recipes out of magazines and printing pages off of Pinterest just so that I am super prepared. I keep them all in a pretty binder with my cookbooks so that I never have to go looking for them. This is also useful for when you get invited to a last minute holiday party and its one of those that you have to bring a snack to share. Try to keep a few simple ingredients on hand just in case you don’t have time to go to the store to pick anything up.
- Deep clean the House. Do this for 2 reasons. First, it is way easier and more enjoyable to decorate for Christmas at the end of the month if you don’t have to first clean the dust bunnies and cobwebs out of all the corners. Second, uninvited guests happen quite often during this time of year. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like guests notice those dust bunnies as soon as they walk in. I know they don’t, but at least if they are all cleaned up, I will feel better while they are visiting and wont be so annoyed that they stopped by without calling.
I hope my tips make your season a little more enjoyable!
Until Next Time,