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Only Two Months Left!

Today marks the two month mark to Christmas! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas specifically, the other winter holidays are also quickly approaching. I like to take this time to do as much in advance of the craziness as possible. This means starting to figure out what gifts I want to give my loved ones. Doing this early lets me shop before the crowds are busiest (and loudest) and lets me save money on shipping when I choose the slower methods. If you plan on making hand-made gifts starting now gives you extra time to collect your supplies and pace yourself while working on them.

Although I’m not a huge fan of stores having their holiday aisles up months before a holiday or even preceding the holiday before the holiday, there are some perks. If you’ll be needing wrapping paper, holiday cards, etc… now is a great time to get them. It’s one less thing to have to do later. You can start addressing and stamping your holiday cards now, which is half the process. That also means collecting addresses from people who have moved or new friends you want to send a card to. I’ve written before about how my all-time favorite time to buy Christmas cards is during the post-Christmas sales though. Then I usually can get them 50-75% off and have them to start working on whenever I get the time for the next year. Although I hand write messages in all my cards, I do use sticker return address labels to free my hands from some of the writing. I create these labels at home on my printer, so they’re still a little more personalized.

The upcoming holidays also mean the weather will be getting colder. Make sure you have the essentials for keeping warm and start gathering them if you don’t. When I write that I’m thinking coats, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves. Nobody wants to be stuck in really cold weather with a coat that no longer zips or only one glove. If it has been more than three months since you last changed your air filters, remember to do that before you start running your heater on a daily basis. This will help keep your indoor air quality better and hopefully help any allergies you have.

What holiday preparations are you getting ready to make?

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I’m excited to get my Christmas cards out and start working on them*

*Image Credit: from by tengrrl.


Comment from Elaine
Time October 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I have already started my online shopping. I also like to catch the after Christmas sales on Christmas cards. All I have to now is remember where i put them.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Good luck! Sometimes I forget what the cards look like until I get them out =) I always keep mine in the same spot in one of our closets.


Comment from Jamee
Time October 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I have started my shopping (both online and layaway – God bless layaway!) which is a good start! Usually I procrastinate too much and end up rushing! I always try to get a family picture done by now for Christmas cards but haven’t gotten there yet. We have a family trip to the beach coming up so I think I’ll probably just wait until for then for some family shots but try to go ahead and get labels and everything made ahead of time!
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Good point about taking advantage of layaway! I think beach pics are always fun on Christmas cards since everybody is ready for some warmer weather by then. Have fun on your trip!


Comment from The Practical Fibromite
Time October 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

What a great post! Preparing cards does take up so much time, so thanks for your tips. As for our prep, we’ve got our plane tickets for post-Christmas family visits and boarding reservations for the pets. Gift shopping is under way and Thanksgiving plans are in the works — and I bought cozy new gloves and socks. I feel pretty organized so far, but we’ll see how long that lasts.
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Boarding/pet sitting reservations are one of those tasks that can cause SO much stress if they aren’t done in advance and the businesses fill up. Good for you for getting such a head start on things!


Comment from Rachel Meeks
Time October 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I always mean to start on Christmas early….maybe this will be my year!

…no but I’m THAT person who’s lying on the floor at the mall crying on Christmas Eve, wondering where all the time went. :P

This year I have a plan, though…sort of. I’ve never been to Disneyland and we’re going the week before Christmas, so our family is getting souvenirs as presents! That can’t fail….right? Haha we’ll see.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Have fun at Disneyland -I bet it looks spectacular during the holidays!


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