Your Ultimate Holiday Checklist
Whenever the holidays roll around again, some people look forward to them and others grit their teeth and prepare for a season of stress. There is so much to remember at this time, and you need to make sure that you have all the details covered. Want a little help? Here are some of the things you need to ensure that you have covered when planning for the holidays!
Food and Drink
Whatever your big holiday meal might look like, you need to make sure that you have all the components in your house. Remember that the shops are likely to be closed on public holidays so you are not going to be able to nip out for anything if you have forgotten it.
Make a list of everything that you need for your meals over the holidays. In this initial stage, make sure you write down every single ingredient. You can then cross-reference it with things that you already have in your cupboards.
When going out to purchase food and drink, try not to purchase it all in one go. Snacks like crisps and chocolate can be bought far in advance. Fresher foods need to be purchased nearer the big day, but remember that you can always buy early and then freeze. Staggering purchases like this is much more methodical, and will give you time to track down alternatives if you can’t find precisely what you are searching for.
Sending out holiday cards is a nice little gesture to show your nearest and dearest that you are thinking of them during the holidays. These don’t have to be the traditional family portraits if you don’t want them to be – there are plenty of options out there for funny holiday cards or something a little more sentimental if you want them to be! There are so many options out there for cards, and they really can bring a smile to someone’s face when they land on the doormat.
If you have children, you could even look into making your own cards. There are plenty of ideas for funny holiday cards out there. It is a great crafts project for you to do as a family, and can result in some really unique and interesting cards for you to send out to your loved ones.
It does not matter whether you are someone who does the bare minimum or you have that house that everyone stops to look at on the way past. You need to make sure that your decorations are organized, and that they create the right winter wonderland in your home.
If you are the type to buy something new each year, you should consider making purchases that you will love for a long time and will not be overly wasteful. Is there a color scheme that you choose, or do you prefer the mix-and-match approach? Pencil in a few evenings in which you can put your decorations up, and really get into the spirit of things. You could put Christmas music on, and just have fun organizing how your decorations will look. This is a happy time, so your house should feel as happy as possible.
Gifts can be one of the biggest issues in the holiday season, so you need to make sure that you are as organised as can be. Some people scoff at the idea of beginning to buy presents as autumn turns to winter, but it can be beneficial if you have a lot of people to buy for.
Start by making a list of everyone that you need to buy for. Try not to forget someone – it can be really awkward when you realise that you have left someone out or if you are presented with a gift by someone you didn’t buy for.
If possible, try to ask your loved ones for ideas for Christmas presents. This will always be easier than trying to guess, and it means that you can buy them something that they will really love. The earlier you can sort out gift-giving, the sooner you will be able to order everything and then get the presents to their intended recipients.
Do you have parties to attend? Are you a family that dresses up for Christmas and enjoys the day? If so, you need to make sure that you have the right Christmas outfit. With so much of your holiday planning devoted to other people, taking this small task for yourself can be a real treat – so enjoy it as much as you can!
Ideally, you do want to purchase something that you know you will wear again. There are so many options out there for you to explore, but you should pick something comfortable that you know you are going to love for a long time to come.
If you know that you are going to be running around, cooking and organizing come the big day, you also need to make sure that your outfit lets you do so. A dress or skirt that is a little bit too tight can be very uncomfortable come the end of the day – especially after dinner – and a pair of heels can look great for a photo, but can quickly become uncomfortable after an hour or two on your feet. There is no reason at all to turn the glamour down, but there is no reason why you cannot be comfortable at the same time.
Are you the household who hosts everyone come the holiday season? Though you might have a spare room and a sofa bed or two to spare, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have space for everyone to have a real bed. You might have to improvise with blow-up mattresses and other means to ensure that all of your guests can be as comfortable as possible. Be clear about what guests need to bring with them. For example, if you have not got enough towels to go around, you need to make sure that you tell your guests so they can bring their own.
If positions are reversed and you are going elsewhere, find out from your hosts what you can bring to help things out. They might be grateful to have a little extra help, and if you are able to bring your own blow-up mattress or sleeping bags it means that they won’t have to potentially buy extras that they will only use once a year.
Organisation is Key
No matter what, you need to ensure that you are as organized as possible. However you choose to do so is up to you. You can make lists, set reminders, or sit down and do it all in a single evening. The choice is completely yours.
There is no getting away from it – the holidays are a stressful time. Organization won’t completely remove your holiday stress but it can help to lessen it somewhat. Try to plan as much as you can in advance. You will be shocked at how much you are able to organise beforehand if you are smart about it! Don’t let the holidays get the better of you – plan, plan, plan, and hopefully things will go off with as few hitches as possible!