There’s no better time to get into the holiday spirit than Christmas in July. Whether it’s getting a head start on your shopping or getting all of the supplies ready that you’re going to need for decorating and wrapping, there’s a list of tasks that you can start completing. Here are a few detailed ideas to get you started.
What You Have
July is a good time to look at all of the decorations and supplies that you already have so that you aren’t waiting until the last minute to get what you need or want. You can sort all of the decorations for your tree, putting them in a box so that you’re ready when you get a tree. Decorations for your shelves, tables, and walls can go in another box. You can also use this time to check the things that require batteries or that plug into a wall to make sure everything works. Other items to check to see if you have include boxes, cards, wrapping paper, and tape.
Instead of waiting until Christmas Eve to get gifts that you might forget to purchase, you can start buying gifts in July. Many stores have clearance sales in the summer months, which means that you can stock up on items for every member of your family plus a few extras in case there’s someone you do forget. You can also get gifts that can be used for games and exchanges. Secret Santa websites make it easy to create a group and exchange information so that everyone can get a gift without knowing who purchased it until you’re ready to let them know. If you plan to order gifts, you want to do so before the holiday season begins to ensure that they arrive in plenty of time.
One way to get organized for Christmas in July is to create a list of where you plan to go for the holiday season. It could be going to a family member’s house for Christmas Eve, driving around to see the lights on houses, or going to a special event with family and friends. Try to make notes about how much special events might cost and if you need to take a gift for someone as well. You should also try to arrange for childcare or pet sitting services if they are needed.
Before you bake festive treats for your family and friends, you need to gather all of the recipes that you plan to use. If you want to try something new, consider making the recipe ahead of time to see how it will taste and if you need to make any changes. If there are people who have allergies or who can’t eat certain foods, then you need to make a list of recipes to make so that they can enjoy partaking in the festivities as well.
When July arrives, you’re already halfway to Christmas. This is a time when you can get everything in line so that you can enjoy the holiday instead of worrying about what to purchase or how to decorate. If you tackle a few tasks a month, then you’ll be ready and waiting with a plate of cookies for Santa himself.