I know that in September the summer has barely passed, and we have yet to enjoy all of the joys that autumn brings, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start focusing one beady eye on Christmas! Whether you like it or not, December will come around much faster than you than you think it will, and you don’t want to be left with too much to do last minute because that means that you won’t be able to enjoy the magic of the holiday season in the way that you should. Here are a few things you can do now for a stress-less Christmas.
1. Book Flights
If you are planning on going somewhere else for Christmas, or you need to go home to family abroad, then book your flights right now! You know full well that they only get more and more expensive as it gets nearer to December, so do yourself a favor and save yourself a lot of money by being proactive and buying your tickets months in advance.
2. Christmas Cake
If you are a traditional type that likes to make their own Christmas cake, did you know that you could make it now, store it, and it would still be perfectly fine, prime even, by the time December rolls around? All you need to do with a traditional Christmas cake recipe is make sure that you add alcohol to it every six or so weeks to keep it nice and moist inside!
3. Grow Decorations
If you want to really impress people, and save a competitive trip to the store, you can start growing your own decorations right now. Things like festive poinsettia plants, Christmas cacti, and amaryllis blooms are all perfect for the holidays, and if you want them in their prime condition for the big day then you need to start thinking about planting and cultivating them right now.
4. Gift List
It’s never too early to start putting gift lists together, both for yourself and for the people who you are going to be buying for. The sooner you decide what everyone is getting, the better you can spread the financial burden that comes along with Christmas. You won’t have to spend all your November paycheck on gifts, instead, being more efficient and being able to spread out your spending.
5. Book Events
By the time December rolls around, everyone gets the bright idea of going to some cool lights shows or outdoor Christmas event with their friends or family, the only problem being that these kinds of things always get booked up way in advance and you find yourself on December 20th with no tickets or anything! If that sort of thing appeals to you, you should probably look into your local options right now instead of waiting. The earlier you book, the less stressful things will be when the time comes.