Procrastinators Christmas Checklist November 19 2014

Let's face it. Every year, about this time, I start to think of all the Holiday To-do's and I vow to get them done early. Fast forward to the week before Christmas and I'm scrambling to finish gift buying, food shopping, wrapping, trimming, planning and Christmas card addressing. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. So this year I thought I'd compile a list of ways to stay on top of the season's schedule, so maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to kick back, relax and enjoy the merriment of the season.

 

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1) Make your list and check it twice // Seems like a no-brainer. But the sad truth is, if it doesn't get written down on a list it may slip into the abyss of forgotten to-do's somewhere in my tangled tinsel brain! But Making lists doesn't have to be boring. Grab one of these fabulous gold foiled beauties at Target (I may or may not have a small stash of them, just in case, you know). Or pick up this oh so fun Kate Spade Whistle While You Work Tacklebox filled to brim with stationery and organizational goodies. Clip together recipes, receipts and the like or use the bow magnets to post your fave Christmas cards on the fridge. Or, if you are an all-digital kind of note taker, sign up for Evernote. I use it to make notes when I'm at my computer and I can edit and update those notes while I'm out and about on my iPhone or iPad. 

 

2) Shop til you drop // So many gifts, so little time. Somewhere in the many lists is a gifts list. Truly I should keep this list year round because wouldn't you know that I think of THE. PERFECT. GIFT. for so-and-so in July, and come December, I cannot think of anything to get them to save my life. I try to buy local as much as possible, but the ease and convenience of internet shopping make for a good back up plan. However, the trick is to get out and shop early, get those gifts wrapped and under the tree so I'm not spending those last precious days covered in bows and scotch tape.

 

3) Order and mail Christmas cards early // It's sad but true, the cobbler's kids have gone without shoes many years. You would think my very own Christmas Card would be done and in the mail as soon as the Thanksgiving Turkey was cleared from the table. But alas, my dirty little secret: More years than not, I haven't even sent out my own Christmas Cards. There was even that year that I had them design and printed and they never got mailed. Shameful, I know. I'm just so happy to make sure that my clients have their cards in plenty of time for Christmas delivery that my very own fall by the wayside. So let me go ahead and put that on the list... and finally, 

 

4) Don't get your tinsel in a tangle! // Remember to enjoy the season for what it is. A joyous, wondrous time to celebrate with friends and family. It's a time to remember Christmases past and make new memories. Stop and smell the gingerbread and remember what's important during this busy, bustling time of year.