If you’re on IG, you’ve probably noticed that #ChristmasinJuly is a thing! I’m also seeing brands get in on the action with holiday promos because, let’s be real, they know people like me have already started planning. While I’m not going as far as putting Christmas decorations up, I am doing these six simple things now to get ready for my favorite time of year and to avoid the stress that comes with the season.
- Consider travel plans
We don’t have family in DC so we usually travel to them in South Carolina and Philly between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Right now, I’m mapping out where we’re going, how we’ll get there and about how much it’ll cost. Which leads me to my next point.
- Set the holiday budget and start saving
I’m one of those people who budgets and saves for everything, including Christmas shopping. So, I’m starting to set my budget and stash away my coins to prep for holiday season travel, Christmas shopping and miscellaneous things that come with the season like hosting, Christmas photoshoots and buying ugly sweaters.
- Get the calendar going
I don’t know about y’all but our holiday calendar always fills up QUICKLY. Between work parties, events with friends and things to do around the city, we never seem to have enough time to do it all AND find time to lay low. So, I’m starting to calendar our plans–at a high-level, nothing crazy–including picking PTO days, tentative travel dates and looking up some local events.
- Get busy pinning recipes
Besides the parties that come with Thanksgiving and Christmas, food is hands down my favorite part. I’m starting to look online and in this amazing Christmas All Through the South book I bought last year for menu ideas and recipes.
- Scope out themes and schemes
I love setting up a nice tablescape during Thanksgiving and Christmas but I like to start planning for it early because it can get expensive and time consuming. I’ve been looking around on Pinterest for decor and color scheme ideas. I’ve also searched the sites of some of my favorite stores to see what their fall collections look like so far. I won’t buy anything yet (unless it’s on sale) but knowing what I want and need early helps me save and budget.
- Think about holiday pictures
As crazy as it sounds, I am thinking about our holiday pictures already but, hear me out. The first year we did pics, we took them outside at a local botanical garden and I decided I wanted to be cute in a sleeveless white dress. And while I was indeed cute, I’m officially jaded from smiling through my shivering and cold weather misery, lol. So, by thinking about our photos now–location, attire, etc.,–I can decide when we should take them. Outdoor pics on a rooftop? It’s probably better to take them before frigid temps hit. Super Christmasy pics in the lobby of a hotel that’s decked out in decor? Those can should be taken in December.
Anyone that’s as Christmas-obsessed as I am, is there anything you’re doing now or starting to think about to prep for the holiday season?