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While it always feels early to start talking about the holiday season before December, it really is a good idea to get started and prepare yourself in advance of the month many celebrations fall within. After all, why would you want to spend all of December rushing around doing the things you have to do when you could spend it actually enjoying the festivities having completed all the stressful tasks already? Starting early allows you to get organised, reduces stress and reduces delivery charges on items you order, as you won’t have to fork out for express or next day shipping! So, it’s time to get into the spirit and start getting ready. Here are just a few different areas you might want to focus on!
Many of us put trees and decorations up on the 1st of December, so it’s a good idea to get these ready well in advance.
The first decision you might want to make is whether to get a real tree or an artificial tree. There are merits that come hand in hand with each. If you’re opting for a real tree, you get to choose the best of the bunch and you needn’t worry too much about it before December – though you may want to hire a van or truck that will be big enough to transport it home safely and responsibly! If you are opting for an artificial tree, you might want to start browsing the different options available on the market. There are all sorts of sizes, colours and designs, ranging from the traditional to the eccentric. Make sure to get your orders in place in advance so the tree can be delivered on time and so that your favourite style doesn’t sell out!
Wreaths are another traditional festive staple and they tend to sell out fast. Again, there’s the option of real or artificial. Artificial wreaths are ready-made and you can store them away for use year after year. However, if you prefer real wreaths, you may want to get your order in with a professional florist who can handcraft one to your size and specifications. Alternatively, you can make your own wreath. Just invest in a wreath frame or “wreath ring” and gather together the materials you want to incorporate into it. Check laws and rules in your local area before foraging for materials such as spruce and pine cones – you don’t want to take anything that you’re not allowed to. You may also want to dry out some oranges or order cinnamon sticks too!
Some of us like our outdoor decorations subtle, some of us want to go all out. Either way, they take a little time and effort to get in place. So start planning now! Decide what decorations you want and how you’re going to place them. You may want to buy string lights. If you do, make sure they’re the ones that are suitable for outdoor use, as they’ll be exposed to the elements. If you have stand alone decorations, make sure they can be pinned to the ground appropriately to prevent them blowing away if there are any harsh winds!
Another area you might want to focus on is gifts. While it’s extremely important that you’re financially responsible and don’t spend more than you can afford on gifts, it is nice to spend within your budget and pick up things that will put a smile on the faces of your loved ones. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are fast approaching. Make the most of these as they can save you some serious money with big bargains. Of course, finding the right gift can often be a little difficult, so here are some ideas that can be customised and personalised to your nearest and dearests’ taste and preferences.
Hampers are always a fun gift. You can fill them with little bits and bobs that your friends and family will love. It feels thought out, personal, and shows you’ve put time and effort into your giving. You can, of course, buy premade Christmas Hampers. These generally contain items that many people love in general and can be the perfect gift for people you don’t know as well – perhaps in laws or colleagues. You can make your own hampers too! All you need is a basket and some form of shredded paper or other filler. You can then add in gifts, arranging them as you see fit. These gifts can be food and drinks, novelty items, or practically anything you want to give. They can be presented as they are or they can be individually wrapped. There’s so much freedom and flexibility that a hamper can become whatever you want it to be!
Christmas stockings tend to be associated with little ones. Santa fills them up with treats and goodies on Christmas Eve! But remember, adults can have them too. Buying a stocking and packing it with sweets, treats and other little gifts is a great way to bring a smile to someone’s face.
There are plenty of personalised gifts out there. You can often have names added onto whatever it is that you may be buying – whether it’s embroidered onto a teddy bear or garment, engraved onto a piece of jewellery or printed onto a whole host of items. Personalised gifts add an extra special touch!
Events and Days Out
Of course, half of the fun of Christmas is spending time with your family and friends. This is a particularly busy time of year where people try to fit in time to see everyone they want to see at the same time as keeping up with their usual commitments and responsibilities. Considering all of the things people want to do, time can quickly become booked up and popular festive themed events can quickly sell out. So, make sure that you get your plans ready as soon as possible.
Many major cities have Christmas markets, so see where the nearest to you is. These events bring together a wide variety of people. There’s music. There’s food. There are stalls. They’re exciting and they get everyone in the holiday spirit!
Another firm favourite when it comes to winter activities is ice skating. Many cities and other locations also set up small ice rinks where people can come together to skate and enjoy themselves. You can usually hire skates once you’re there, so all you have to do is turn up!
Parties and Meals
There’s nothing that helps people bond than a meal and drinks. If you have parties planned or just want a chance to catch up with people, heading out to a nice restaurant or bar is the perfect way to celebrate! Just remember to book in advance, as most places get pretty busy and can’t guarantee a table if you just walk in – especially if you have a particularly big party or group of people.
These are just a few areas you might want to start taking into consideration when it comes to getting ready for the holiday season. It really isn’t too soon to start now! All you’ll do is reduce your stress levels and free up your time for fun activities throughout December. You’ll also avoid disappointment when it comes to securing the gifts you really want to bag.