Christmas, Planning, Things to do in August

Things to do in August

Are you planning to go away for Christmas?

*Book hotels and travel (flights etc.) now to ensure that you get the best options and prices

*Let relatives know that you are going away for Christmas

*Don’t forget to book and/or arrange lodgings for your pets while you are away. Last-minute arrangements will be expensive (if you can find something).

*Decoration making – work this into your regular week so it doesn’t become a chore

*Present making – again, pace yourself here. Obviously August is too early for perishable items, but it is a good time to start card making, craft gifts, and alike.

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Things to do in July

If you celebrate Christmas in July, then this will be a big month for you in terms of organising functions and presents. Between July and September, I start setting up a gift closet. I got this one from Mum who was an absolute master at having her Christmas shopping done by the end of November.

*Find a storage location for gift storage. A closet, shelf, drawer whatever works at your place.

*Locate all saved gift items and place them in your “gift closet”.

*Make an inventory of stored gifts.

*As you add gifts to the gift closet, note new additions on the gift closet inventory.

*Review the master gift list and match gifts to recipients. Cross off “given” items.

*Shop year-round to restock the gift closet.

*It is now time to start thinking about those Christmas crafts too.

*Stock up on supplies while you can still get cheap items at the sales

*Plan what you intend to make, how many, and when you need them done. Are they gifts? Items for the home? Or both?

Christmas, Planning, Things to do in June

Things to do in June

June sees another round of annual sales (end of the financial year). It is a good time to stock up on stocking fillers and other easily stored, non-perishable gifts.

*Look for gifts that are not likely to go out of fashion

*Start buying craft supplies

*Think about the types of presents you intend to make this year.

*Make your fruit mince (if you make your own)

*Prepare and freeze seasonal fruits for Christmas jams

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Things to do in May

Not sure what to do in May? Give these ideas a go:

*Take advantage of the off-Christmas season to go through your craft supplies.

*Throw out/donate any unwanted items and determine what items you need to replace or purchase

*Think about future craft projects you may wish to try

*Review ideas in your Christmas books and magazines

*Check out local craft suppliers. You can often pick up cheap Christmas items this time of year.