With 7 weeks to go we are about to head full swing into my favourite season of the year! To help get you through this holiday season, stress-free follow our holiday checklist. This checklist will be sure to keep you on track and offer you some tips that you maybe didn’t think of!
Second Week of November
____ Write out a list of holiday card recipients and organize addresses
____ Determine your holiday budget and write out a list of gift recipients and ideas
(remember to keep this list in your purse for easy access during shopping trips)
____ Buy stamps, cards, and wrapping supplies
Third Week of November
____ Spend 15 minutes a night writing out holiday cards
____ Spend a few hours on weekdays or after work shopping, when stores are calmer than they are on weekends. Online
shopping can be done any time of day.
Last Week of November
____ Address and send out holiday cards
____ Buy bulk gifts, such as a case of wine, multiple candles, and chocolates to offer neighbours, party hosts and coworkers
____ Drop off your holiday outfits to the dry cleaner
First Week of December
____ Plan holiday menus; order your turkey, ham, or specialty foods
____ Set up a wrapping station in a low-traffic area of your home; wrap gifts as you buy them
____ Plan your holiday baking and take an inventory of baking supplies, replacing those that are running low
____ Unpack decorations, and inspect them for damaged ornaments and burned-out bulbs
Second Week of December
____ Start your house cleaning, starting with low traffic areas, such as the guest room and formal dining area
____ Have a family outing to pick out the tree and other greenery
____ Make and freeze cookie dough to bake as you need them
____ DECORATE! (my favourite part! Although this happens in the first week of December for me!)
____ Ship gifts early to guarantee on-time delivery; save a trip to the post office by scheduling an at-home pick up at
____ If you are hosting the holiday meal, place your rental order for cutlery, serving dishes, and table settings from a local event
rental company. This will make clean up a breeze!
Third Week of December
____ Finish up your house cleaning, this time focus on frequently used rooms
____ Finish up any last minute wrapping
____ Prep your table linens, washing and iron them, then roll them around wrapping-paper tubes for short-term wrinkle-free
____ Shop for food, try to shop at an off-hour. Some stores and markets expand their hours – take advantage of this!