When November 1 arrives on the calendar, I go into Christmas prep mode. Planning ahead allows me to be able to enjoy the holidays by avoiding the stress of last-minute shopping, baking or gift wrapping. Often in the past, I have been so busy running around in the middle of December that I end up with a cold or the flu by the time Christmas arrives. Planning ahead avoids that dreaded scenario! I’m sharing my Christmas to-do list in case you need to be inspired to get better organized.
- Bake Christmas cookies – I made these White Chocolate Cranberry Bars last year and they were delicious!
- Reserve tickets for St. Michael’s Choir Christmas Concert.
- Buy gifts for nieces, nephews, sister, brother, mother and stepmother.
- Buy wrapping paper, gift bags, bows and tags.
- Buy holiday cards.
- Attend the One of a Kind Christmas Show and shop for holiday gifts.
- Get hair coloured and cut for the holiday season.
- Buy a new top or dress to wear for the holidays.
- Decorate house for the holidays – I always wait until December 1 to decorate our home. It just seems too early to decorate it before December.
- Write and send holiday cards – This is one item on my Christmas to-do list that I don’t want to give up. It’s a heartwarming pleasure to receive Christmas cards in the mail from family and friends. I string the cards on a ribbon and pin them up on our wall as a Christmas decoration. I try to get my cards in the mail by December 5.
- Attend St. Michael’s Choir Christmas Concert – My mother and I have been attending St. Michael’s Choir Christmas Concert for the past six years. I always attended church growing up and sang and listened to the gorgeous Christmas music. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without hearing a choir sing Christmas carols.
- Attend holiday blogging events.
- Plan food for my mom’s birthday which falls in the middle of December – We usually have the whole family over to our house to celebrate my mom’s December birthday. Everyone brings a dish so it isn’t so much work for me.
- Bake one or two types of holiday cookies.
- Buy a real Christmas tree – We usually buy our real Christmas tree around December 13, but we have noticed in the past two years that there isn’t a great selection of trees left so we may have to bump this up to December 11. I don’t like to get our tree too early because I don’t want it to dry out by Christmas.
- Decorate Christmas tree – We usually do this within a day or two of putting up the tree.
- Have the family over for my mom’s birthday party.
- Visit Toronto Christmas Market to see the gorgeous Christmas tree decorated for the holidays.
- Meet one or two of my close friends for a holiday lunch.
- Watch holiday shows on TV (I never get tired of watching A Charlie Brown Christmas!)
- Wrap gifts – I do not like to spend Christmas Eve wrapping presents so I try and get them all wrapped by December 21.
- Decide on a recipe to prepare and bring to my brother’s place on Christmas Day.
- Buy groceries for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I usually do this on December 23 to avoid the crowds on December 24.
- Prepare recipe for Christmas Day. I do this during the day on December 24.
- Attend church on Christmas Eve.
What other things do you have on your Christmas to-do list? Let me know in the comments section.