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Christmas Yet To Come

With the Christmas rush finally over, it is time to take a breath and . . . start getting ready for next year!

 

I know the decorations are still out, the leftovers are still stored in the frig, and the gifts are still piled up in the corner of the living room surrounded by discarded bows.  That’s okay.

 

Trust me when I say that starting today to get ready for next year’s Christmas “rush” will be completely painless – at least mostly painless anyway.  Planning now will definitely save you time and money in the long run.

 

This is not even going to be all that time consuming.  It might turn out to be a fun family bonding time. 

 

Here’s all you need to start planning for the Christmas yet to come:

 

            1 expandable file folder

            Colored pencil or pen for each member of the family (different for each)

            Regular file folders for each family member

            Notebook paper

 

Everyone gather around the table – get a pen, file folder, and some notebook paper.  Now just make a list of everyone you think you will be buying for next Christmas.  Leave some spaces between names for notes and ideas.

 

Start listening to these people talk about what they need and want.  Add their thoughts to your list.  Cut out pictures of things that would be perfect for them.  Add those to the list.  When the shopping season rolls back around, you’ll have a template for the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  Store your lists in your own file folder and keep the file folders together in the expandable file folder (this was the lists will be easier to keep up with during the year).

 

If you’re crafty or need to save a couple of pennies, then start making that perfect gift today.  Make a clock for the grandparents with the grandkids pictures in place of the numbers on the face.  Make a Snowman wood cutout for the neighbor who just loves to decorate.  Cut out ideas from magazines, or make notes from crafts shows or websites.

 

Which ever direction you choose to go, don’t wait until December.

 

You say it every year, “Next year I won’t wait until the last minute.”  Make this the year you finally hold yourself to that promise.  It might be so much fun that you just start doing Christmas year round.

One Response to Christmas Yet To Come

  1. Jeanne Kritner January 5, 2007 at 11:13 AM #

    Hey that sounds so EASY…WoW !!! I had an idea this year as we were shopping the after christmas sales…I thought (since all our kids are older) we would just give gift cards to their favorite store and let them hit the after christmas sale and get more for their buck…since we always spend at least as much the day after as we do before … but not sure if I could actually give up the whole moring and tree thing….great blog !!! Jeanne

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