I hope you are enjoying all things pumpkin spice right now, but it is also the right time to start making plans for Christmas.
Since Christmas is just a little over 2 months away, now is the time to plan and organize.
If you wait until December to start planning, you will feel overwhelmed and stressed out. And that is not how you need to feel about Christmas!
For the next four weeks, I’ll be sharing simple things you can do NOW to prepare for Christmas. We will focus on only one topic a week.
That sounds doable, right?!
This week we are talking about Christmas cards. It is helpful to have separate November and December calendars specifically for Christmas activities and to-do’s. You can create your own or use the calendars in my Christmas Planner (see below).
Y’all, I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas cards.
I love receiving cards from friends and family. I love displaying them in our home. I even love picking out the cards.
But I hate getting the cards together and mailing them in a timely fashion.
The best way to organize and plan a task is to break it down into manageable steps and write down what you need to do.
So get out a pencil and paper and answer these questions.
1. If you are going to include a family/kids picture, when will the pictures be taken?
If you are getting pictures taken for your Christmas cards, now is the time to schedule an appointment with a photographer. If you wait until November, chances are the photographer will be booked and you may not have enough time to receive your pictures, create your cards, and then mail them.
Save yourself a headache and figure out pictures now.
I personally, like to take my own pictures. It saves me time and money. If you want to do the same, it is still important that you decide on a date for taking your own pictures, so that you don’t put them off until it is too late.
2. Who will you send cards to?
Start making a list of all the people you will send cards to and gather addresses. I find it helpful to keep one list of all the names and addresses in one place. You can create your own list or use the 2 pages provided in my Christmas planner (see below).
Figure out a total number of cards you need to purchase and include a few extra cards for those you may add to your list later.
3. Where will you purchase your cards and stamps?
Decide now if you are going to make your cards, purchase them from the store, or order them online. You can even order your stamps and boxes online!
For the last two years I have created my own photo cards online through Sam’s Club, and they are ready for pick up within 24 hours.
4. When will you purchase your cards/card making supplies?
Get out that calendar and write down a deadline for purchasing your cards. I like to have my cards purchased before Thanksgiving. That way I can stuff and address them at the end of November or early December before things start to get too hectic.
5. When will you mail your cards?
Decide on a day in December that you will mail your cards. The sooner the better. That way you won’t have that task looming over your head.
If you mail them out early in December, you can simply enjoy the cards that you receive instead of feeling guilty for not having your cards mailed yet. 😉
Make sure you get your free planner below, and share it with your friends and family today so that they can get it too!
The Christmas Planner includes the following:
- Master Checklist
- November Calendar
- December Calendar
- Christmas Card List (2)
- Gift List (2)
- Black Friday List
- Cyber Monday List
- Christmas Eve Menu Plan and Shopping List
- Christmas Breakfast Menu Plan and Shopping List
- Christmas Dinner Menu Plan and Shopping List
- Guest Check List
- Packing List
- Miscellaneous Notes (2)
Today only this planner is FREE to all of my readers.
I’m giving it away free as a thank you to all of you who remain faithful readers here at Queen of the Household!
So get yours today because the printable will cost $2.50 tomorrow.
You can read more about it here.
Other Posts in This Series:
Week 2 – Organize Your Christmas Gift List
Week 3 – Christmas Meal Planning
Week 4 – Christmas Guests and Travel Tips