Not only in the next few weeks do I need to do Christmas shopping for all my friends and family ( I really should have started on this earlier), I also need to prepare myself for parties, gift exchanges, and that very important question from family members, “What do you want for Christmas?”
I have 4 holiday parties in the next 2 weeks and leave for Christmas vacation with my family in 3 weeks! Time is already flying by, so I better get started preparing!
Here are the 6 things I have on my “Christmas to do list” so that all I have to worry about during Christmas parties is that my champagne flute is always full.
1. Have backup gifts – A coworker gave you a gift that you weren’t expecting? Not to worry, always have a backup gift on hand that’s perfect for any occasion! Keep some festive cocktail napkins, bottle of wine, or even a good book wrapped up and ready just incase someone springs one on you. And if no one does, then you get to keep it! Win, win :)
2. Send out Christmas cards early – Step 1) make a list of the people you want to send out cards to; Step 2) buy/ write cards; Step 3) send them out early December so you aren’t late to the game! Christmas cards are meant to be enjoyed for more than just a few days before the big day. Maybe even include a few photos in cards to your grandparents or aunts/ uncles who you don’t get to see as often.
3. Decorate EVERYTHING – Don’t just decorate your living room, decorate your bedroom, bathroom, car, and office! Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit more than seeing little candy canes and Santa’s everywhere I turn!
4. Workout – Let’s be serious, the cookies that we put out for Santa will need a taste-tested by someone. Keep up a good workout routine so that you don’t feel you should decline a second helping at a party. Bring on squats and then bring on the food!
5. Blare Christmas music – I will admit, I listen to Christmas music year-round, but now since Thanksgiving has passed, it’s 100% acceptable. Blare that Bing Crosby and Straight No Chaser!
6. Create a perfect wish list – you know when your grandmother asks you what you want and you don’t know what to say… and then you end up with socks? Work out your wish list now and know who you will ask for what. A book may be a good request for an aunt and new shoes a good request for Mom! A perfect wish list requires a lot of time and careful planning.
What’s on your to do list this Christmas? Decorating? Party planning? Making the perfect Christmas wish list?