Christmas was exactly one month ago, and I’m sure you’re ready to move on. In fact, you already have. But you can have a much smoother Christmas next year if you stop and think about 4 little things right now, while there’s plenty of time to do something about it:
1. Put your Christmas budget on autopilot. We have a savings account that’s just for our Christmas money. It’s free, it pays interest, and it’s not where we do most of our banking—so we’re not tempted to dip into those funds for other reasons.
If you’re still paying for this past Christmas, make a plan to pay it off as soon as possible and start saving for next year.
2. Is there anything you need to buy? I’ve shown you our family’s handmade stockings. The problem is, we have 6 family members but only 5 stockings! Our littlest guy has celebrated two Christmases with no stocking of his own, and it’s because I never think to order one for him until we pull out the decorations the day after Thanksgiving, and at that point it’s too late.
The Christmas season is over, but I’m ordering his stocking now—so it will be ready for next year.
3. Is there anything you’d like to make? I’d love to sew a tree skirt, but this year I just didn’t think of it until November. I’m making that my spring sewing project (and as a bonus, I can get my holiday fabric at clearance prices!)
Take the time now to review your holiday boards on Pinterest and see if there’s anything you’d like to take care of now so it will be ready for next year.
4. Is there anything you want to remember? I want to remember to schedule our travel more carefully next year. This past Christmas we scheduled our travel differently than we have in years past, and it was an epic fail. My whole family was exhausted by December 23 and didn’t have enough steam to make it cheerfully through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
But by next December, I’ll probably have forgotten just how bad it was. To make sure I don’t make the same mistake again, I’ve written myself a note and dropped it in my tickler file for next November.
Are you doing anything now to get ready for next Christmas?
photo credit: Toni Kaarttinen