There’s a lot that goes into getting ready for Christmas, and for many people, stress has become just another part of the holiday season. However, you can make it much easier on yourself this winter if you get a head start on your Christmas preparations. While many people don’t want to hear about Santa in the middle of the summer, savvy holiday connoisseurs know that summer is the ideal time to start preparing for Christmas. From gifts to decorating to entertaining, the holidays often mean there’s more to do than there is time to do it in. Keep reading to learn more about five simple ways you can start to prepare for Christmas early.
1. Get ready for winter weather.
Whether or not you plan to entertain, it’s essential to prepare your house for cold weather. Repairing cracks or crevices in your doors and windows that can let in moisture and cold air is a good place to start. Fixtures like your chimney, fireplace, furnace, and gutters should all be inspected before the cold weather arrives. You’ll also want to have your roof inspected to check for any leaks or damage. You should also have your HVAC system’s filter changed. If you live in an area that’s vulnerable to winter storms, it can be a good idea to have a professional evaluate your home to make sure it’s adequately prepared.
2. Plan out personalized gifts.
While buying something off a Christmas list is always a good idea, sometimes you want to put together a personalized gift. If you want to put together an album or a collage for someone, take time to look for the best photo books. You can use the extra time to ask for content for your photo album from other members of the family or even to hire a professional photographer to take new pictures to use. You’ll have plenty of time to customize something special if you get an early start, though many photo book services offer templates and layouts you can use.
3. Ask family and friends to save the date.
If you throw a Christmas party or host any events during the holiday season, choose a date well in advance and give everyone attending plenty of notice so they can save it. Many people have family events to attend, and that means that the calendar can get quite crowded in December and January. If you want to make sure as many people can attend as possible, let people know when your event will be as early as you’re able to.
4. Make a plan for your Christmas lights.
Start by figuring out how many feet of lights you need and in what colors. Then, sort through what you already have and find out what works and what needs to be replaced. Taking the time to do that alone can save you a significant amount of money. Storing your lights carefully is also essential if you want to reuse them and avoid having to replace all of your lights every year.
5. Look for sales for early shoppers.
One major advantage of getting started on Christmas early is that you can often find things like wrapping paper and holiday décor on sale. Look for “Christmas in July” sales over the summer and ask your favorite local stores when they discount their holiday items. You would be surprised how much you can save on things like decorations and artificial trees when you’re not shopping during the holiday season.
Whether it’s creating your decoration plan, picking up some early gifts on sale, or doing some much-needed home maintenance, you don’t have to wait until December to start getting ready for Christmas. You’re likely to save yourself some money, too, considering how many sales are typically available to those who don’t mind thinking about the holidays a little early. You’ll also avoid the disappointment of finding something you need is sold out at the last minute. Give yourself the gift of being able to focus on the things that you enjoy during the holiday season, and check off as many of the tasks on your to-do list as you can before the temperature starts to drop.