This weekend we had our annual Christmas party for my side of the family. It is usually the weekend before Christmas and always feels rushed and hectic. This year – although we had a record turnout – didn’t feel rushed nor hectic. Whatever I did this year, I definitely plan to do next year. Here is how I prepared for the holidays.
Shop Early. And by early, I mean the day before the party. That is technically when I finished but that was only two gifts I had to buy. Most of my shopping I got done Black Friday weekend and online. Amazon has been a lifesaver. I got a Kindle Fire late November and it comes with a free one month Prime membership. Prime membership means upgraded 2-3 day shipping on many items. That free shipping has been incredibly enticing. I have bought more from Amazon this past month than the past two years combined. I will be getting a Prime membership.
Wrap presents early. Since I am working, I wrapped presents earlier than normal. And by wrap I mean place in a gift bag. The only presents I plan to wrap at the ones to my daughter. Everything else goes into a gift bag. It still takes a few minutes to wrap gifts but nothing like wrapping with paper. Plus getting them wrapped way before the party makes the day of the party a lot easier.
Buy pre-made treats. I bought a cake from the grocery store for a work party and took the rest of it to our Christmas party. I also bought a cracker/cheese/meat tray instead of making anything. Usually I don’t cook anything because my oven is so difficult. Maybe next year I will have a new oven and will make something – although it sure was easy to buy treats instead.
This year I made no homemade gifts but next year I plan to have some done. Work really takes a lot of time – so I will have to make items all year long to allow me plenty of time.
This week I plan to finish up everything for Christmas. So far this holiday has been way less stressful. It’s been totally awesome.