I’ve collected some great holiday tips from some of my favorite bloggers to share with you. We are in the final countdown (gulp!) and I’ll bet I’m not the only one who could use some of these helpful ideas about now. Pour yourself a cup of something hot, get a piece of paper and a pen and let’s take some notes, shall we?
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10 Holiday Tips
My Christmas cards are sitting on the table in our family room still unsigned and unaddressed. Please tell me I’m not alone. I used to be pretty good about doing them early because I liked to hand them out to relatives at our big Thanksgiving dinner. Obviously, that didn’t happen this year. I did buy mine this summer when Current had a big sale going on. Maybe next year I’ll follow the advice in this post and have them done early.
Stuffing stockings was fun and easy when my kids were little but as adults I find it a bit more challenging. That’s especially true this year since I can’t just wander the stores looking for fun things. This post has LOTS of great ideas. I just ordered a few of these myself to fill out the rest of our stockings.
It’s a busy time of year. All the more reason to have a morning routine to get your day off to a good start!
This will be our 39th Christmas together since we married and over time we have amassed a lot of Christmas decor. I’m not one to decorate in a whole new theme each year and most of our decor is years/decades old. Still, there are items we no longer use or have seen better days. It’s good to do a decluttering now and then.
I don’t know about you but my house could use a thorough cleaning right now. My plan is to do that this week so I can relax and enjoy the holiday next week.
Have you seen the meme making the rounds showing two dramatically different gift wrapping “styles”? I’m actually a pretty accomplished gift wrapper (my mom taught me, along with how to fold fitted sheets), although I don’t get terribly fancy with it. It’s just very neatly done. This post has 15 brilliant ideas for gift wrapping if you’d like to get creative this year.
Our large, extended family always gathers on Christmas Eve for our traditional meal. We have turkey, ham and all the fixings which we do potluck style. However, this year we won’t be together. I had originally figured I would cook a turkey dinner for the three of us and I even bought an extra turkey before Thanksgiving. However, I’m now thinking that I might make it easier on myself and do a delicious lasagna instead. If you are looking for a different take on the holiday dinner this year, check out this post.
Christmas decor, gift tags, planning pages, family games and more!
Hang on to this one for after Christmas because that is the best time to organize your decorations. I know…by the time the holidays are over all we want to do is stuff everything in boxes and deal with it another time. But promise yourself that THIS will be the year you get everything organized. You will thank yourself next Christmas. David and I did this a couple of years ago and it was SO worth it.
After reading this post, however, I now am thinking about buying new, red and green storage boxes. Ours have been purchased one at a time over the years and none match. They are functional but it would be so nice to see a row of matching boxes with pretty labels instead of the handwritten ones I currently have. However, even if you store things in cardboard boxes, the important part is to organize and label.
We normally have a big, family gathering midday on Christmas Eve and then go to church in the evening. I sing in the choir and our church has absolutely gorgeous, candlelit Christmas Eve services. It’s really the highlight of Christmas for me but sadly, it won’t be happening in person this year. That’s why I’m looking at this great list of ideas for a couple of things we can do instead.
One part of our tradition will remain, however. I don’t recall how it started but a number of years ago we grilled hot dogs for a late supper after church and ate them while watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. It immediately became our tradition. We have a huge meal earlier in the day so hot dogs and homemade potato salad really hit the spot. Most years we grill outdoors but if it’s bitterly cold I have a Le Creuset grill pan which works just fine.
I’d love to hear about your favorite holiday traditions or any holiday tips you would like to share!
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