Can you believe we’re one week away from Christmas day? Wow! Time sure flies when you’re having fun! (or being busy?) Since we’re one week away from Christmas, this also means we’ve reached the last week of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series! I sure hope you enjoyed it. I also hope it helped you to have a more simple and manageable holiday season!
Christmas usually involves company and no one likes to show their guests a good time in a messy home. So, today, I’ve got a free printable Get Your House Holiday Ready Checklist! It includes suggestions of cleaning tasks to do each day leading up to Christmas day. There’s even plenty of room for you to add your own tasks. I kept it fairly simple, because really, who has time for crazy cleaning this time of year?
Remember, these are suggestions only! Click on the image below or here to print your holiday cleaning list.
What tasks are on your holiday cleaning list? Are you ready for Christmas?
Here are the rest of the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series:
Can you believe there are only two posts left in this series before Christmas day?? Crazy!
This week, we’re going to focus on tying up loose ends! (Or in other words, finish the things we skipped over 😉 )
That means we’ll:
- finish shopping for gifts
- send out those remaining Christmas cards
- bake delicious cookies
- buy as many groceries as possible for Christmas day
- finish decking the halls
- do those holiday activities that you want to do
- wrap gifts
What do you still have to finish? I’ll admit, I have to get our Christmas cards sent out still! I’m also waiting for some gifts to arrive in the mail so I haven’t started wrapping yet. But, I like to do that all in one sitting while I watch a Christmas movie! 🙂
For fun, I’m leaving you with a link to Christmas music playlists and a list of Christmas movies to watch!
If you’re looking for some Christmas music, check out Spotify for some fabulous playlists that you can listen to 24 hours a day.
Here are some Christmas movies I think you might enjoy:
- The Holiday
- Arthur Christmas
- The Bishop’s Wife
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- A Christmas Carol
- Christmas in Connecticut
- A Christmas Story
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- The Polar Express
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Santa Buddies
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
- The Snowman
- Frosty the Snowman
- Frosty Returns
- Holiday Inn
- Home Alone
- Home Alone 2
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Jack Frost
- Jingle All the Way
- Love Actually
- The Santa Clause
- White Christmas
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol
- Miracle on 34th Street
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
Do you have any other Christmas movies on your ‘must watch’ list? How are you coming along in your Christmas preparations?
Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a Simpler Christmas series so far:
For some of us, the holidays always seem to land during a time where everything else hits. This means a tight budget during the holidays is a common issue that most of us will face at some point in our lives. If you find yourself with a tight budget this holiday season don’t let it ruin your fun. This year make the most of the holidays even if you are on a tight budget by changing your mindset.
Focus on Meaning
Focus on the meaning of the holidays instead of the frills and trappings. The holidays are about friends and family so focus more on making memories than having a fancy holiday. Make homemade decorations, bake cookies, and spend quality time with the people you love.
Make Homemade Gifts
Save money but still enjoy the gifting part of the holiday with Homemade Christmas gifts. Use the things you have on hand to make personalized meaningful gifts for the people you love. It is the fact that you thought of them and wanted to do something special that makes gifts so wonderful. Baking homemade gifts is a great way to use items you have on hand to create a great gift someone will appreciate.
Earn Extra Cash
A great way to cope with a tight budget during the holidays is to work on simple ways to earn extra cash. Sell off things you do not need or crafts you have made that others can give as gifts. Cleaning houses and clearing snow are both great ways to earn extra cash as the season wears on. This is the best time a year to pick up a part-time seasonal job for extra money if you have the time to spare.
Make a Holiday Budget
To help you thrive during any time with a tight budget, create and stick to a budget. This is a plan to help your family stay on track financially. Plan all of your regular expenses first so you don’t end up making your situation worse for the sake of the holidays. This will leave you with a clear idea of how much you can really spare and how much you should try to earn instead of going ahead blindly.
Look for Free Activities
Look for free fun activities to do. You can still make the most of Christmas even when you can not afford much. Go for a stroll and check out neighborhood light displays, volunteer to help others down at the soup kitchen or food bank. Find reasons to be grateful for what you do have this season, and coping with a tight budget won’t be as hard as it sounds!
What are your best tips for making a meaningful but frugal Christmas season?
I think this will be a fun week in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series! It’s all about food! Specifically, we’re going to plan our holiday menus. You’ll want to think about:
- Christmas dinner
- Christmas brunch
- Christmas eve
- Boxing day
And well, any meal surrounding Christmas day. My planning is quite simple. My parents cook our Christmas brunch and dinner so all I have to do is bring the cheesecake and some baking!
For inspiration, I highly recommend taking a look through Pinterest.
While you’re planning out your dishes, be sure to start adding items to a grocery list. You don’t want to forget anything!
To help you out, you’ll want to check out the Christmas dinner planner and grocery list that are available in the Holiday Planner, here.
Also be sure to print off the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas checklists to make sure you’re on track for the final week’s until Christmas day!
What will be on your holiday menu? Leave it in the comments! Any food traditions you have to uphold? How do you keep on budget?
Sign up for the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas newsletter to receive a FREE Christmas Dinner Checklist! This checklist is quite detailed and will help you remember all the details needed for a memory filled dinner with family and friends. You’ll also receive a weekly email with each week’s “task”.
Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series so far:
I thought I’d make up this handy dandy Christmas baking planner to help you in your holiday baking! The planner provides space to write the recipes you want to create, where to find the recipes and a shopping list!
Download your Christmas baking planner now!
I’d love to know what’s on your baking list this year. Share in the comments below!