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The Homemaker

Preparing for the holiday season

Merry Christmas from The Homemaker!

Your holiday season can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to make it. Take some time to think about what's most important to you. Create a list of holiday traditions that are most important to you. True friends and loved ones will not care how many hours you slaved over the stove. Spending time with you is what they will cherish most!
 
Here are a few tips to help your prepararions for the holidays run smoothly:
  1. Take a moment and enjoy the smells, sounds, sights, feels, and tastes that are unique to this season of the year.  
  2. Mail packages early to avoid lines at the post office and ensure they will arrive in time.
  3. Spread out your purchases of gifts over a couple of months. I usually start in August. It's easier on the budget and less stressful than waiting until the last minute.
  4. Use your calendar....Writing down when things need to be done will keep them from falling to the last minute. Here is a list of things you can start doing now:
  • Make airline, hotel, and rental car arrangements (if your traveling out of town)
  • Cleaning room by room
  • Holiday decorating (I usually do it one month before the holiday date so I can enjoy it for a while before it all comes down)
  • Finalize guest list
  • Meal planning and preparation (start cooking ahead and freezing what you can!)
  • Prepare gift list
  • Gift making
  • Gift selection and purchase
  • Gift wrapping
  • Prepare holiday cards
  • Mail cards, letters, and packages

May your Christmas be filled with love, joy and peace. Many Blessings this holiday season, Kim.

Get Ready for Christmas

The Messiah

For unto us a child is born,

unto us a son is given;

and the government

shall be upon his shoulder:

and his name shall be called

Wonderful, Counsellor,

The Mighty God,

The everlasting Father,

The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6