Tackling the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Lolli

Tackle It Tuesday

We are thrilled to have Jennifer Tankersley, founder of ListPlanIt.com, joining us again as guest blogger for Tackle It Tuesday.

Christmas in August?

I know what you’re thinking. “Why should I be thinking about Christmas this early? It’s not even fall yet!” This post is all about planning ahead so that you can actually enjoy the holidays. While ideally, you might strive to create a simple Christmas for your family based on values, giving, and love, in actuality, Christmas joy is often overshadowed by long last-minute to do lists.

Those that consider Christmas (or whatever December holiday you celebrate) preparation early often tend to save money, experience less stress, and get more enjoyment out of the holiday. So don’t think about it as rushing the holidays. Beginning September 16, there will be just 100 days until Christmas day. That should not create in you a sense of panic, but of urgency. This is a wake-up call to starting in plenty of time in order to do what needs to be done in order to create a peaceful and meaningful December. Here are a few things to consider now.

How to prepare NOW to have a more enjoyable Christmas season

  • Calendar – Which holidays/events come between now and Christmas? Put those down now on your calendar so you can get a clear picture of what lies ahead.
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  • Budget – This is extremely important as you near the holidays. How much have you put aside for gifts, meals, décor, events? How much will you still need for those things?
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  • Gifts – If you like to handmake your gifts, then you had better get started researching ideas and purchasing materials. If store-bought gifts work best for you, then begin watching for sales or scouring Craig’s List.
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  • Meals – There are some pretty momentous meals in those 100 days. Whether you are an old hat at preparing holiday meals or a novice, there are still groceries to be bought and recipes to be unearthed.
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  • Correspondence – For some people, communicating at Christmas time with friends and loved ones is an essential part of the season. If sending Christmas cards is important to you, then there are several steps you can take to prepare in advance so that this year’s cards can go out before the new year officially begins.
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  • Fun – Hosting holiday events (such as a Fall or Halloween-themed party or a Christmas Cookie Exchange) in your home might be an integral part of your holiday season. Or maybe you prefer to make the rounds to all of the holiday happenings in your area. Either way, planning ahead is vital.
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A daily dose of inspiration and motivation!

For a daily dose of inspiration and motivation from September 16 to December 25, join us at 100DaystoChristmas.com. Each day presents a new task, activity, event, or reminder geared toward helping you to get ahead so that you can relax more through December.

This year, for the first time, you can choose to get all 100 Days delivered to you in one package through our 100 Days to Christmas 2011 eBook. It is available in 3 formats (PDF, Kindle, and Nook) and includes links to ideas, crafts, and recipes and also includes links to ListPlanIt.com’s lists and holiday planning forms – all for just $4.99.

Join the 100 Days to Christmas community for updates and the day’s discussion at 100 Days to Christmas Facebook page.

Written by Jennifer Tankersley, founder of ListPlanIt.com, which has hundreds of lists and planning pages all geared toward helping you live a more organized life, including everything you need to prepare for the holidays.

 

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

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We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

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Disclosure: We are so impressed by ListPlanIt that we have become affiliates and have included those links in this post.



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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Jennifer August 30, 2011 at 6:21 am

Thanks for hosting!! Christmas definitely snuck up on me last year with the birth of my third baby in October!! Hoping to be a bit more put together this year!

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2 Susie's Homemade August 30, 2011 at 8:32 am

Great post! Planning early is the key to success in any good organized plan:-)

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3 MageeMommy August 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I’m all for getting ready early for the holidays now. I did all my shopping for everyone and I mean everyone’s gifts (excpet my husband’s dad and brother that’s his department) . I saved a ton of money on some beautiful jewelry and sales on last years cold weather clothing. And with a baby on the way Dec 4th it’s great to have it all wrapped up and ready to mail! :) WHEW! Plus, shopping Christmas in July is just plain fun! :)

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4 Michelle August 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I know I should prepare early. I always mean to- I used to- but it seems every year I get busy and next thing I know the holidays are here and I am busier yet. I am going to try to do better this year….REALLY I AM :-)

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5 Barb
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August 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

One of my projects to tackle this weekend, and yes, I’ll report on it next Tuesday, is to tackle my gift boxes and see what I have set aside for Christmas. With 4 kids in school, the whole school element has grown huge, not to mention lots of new friendships from last school year, plus extended family. Agghh! Deep breathe. If I start now, I can set priorities and make sure we do what we truly want to do. Right?

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