How to Get Ready for the Holidays

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DRESS: c/o DressLily (Runs small so size up from your regular size!)  //  HEELS: BCBGeneration; Designer Version Here  //  CLUTCH: Old Michael Kors; Similar White Clutch Here!  //  EARRINGS: Etsy;  Designer Version Here  //  WATCH: Similar Michael Kors  //  CUFF: Kendra Scott  //  RING: BP

Is it just me or has the Christmas season suddenly started this week?!  Even though Halloween was only on Monday, I’ve already been seeing Christmas commercials on TV, Christmas catalogs have arrived in the mail, people have been outraged over the new Starbucks cup, and I’ve even heard Christmas music playing on the radio!  I love the Christmas season (so much!) but it feels a little early even to me because it’s still warm outside – it’s hard to get in the spirit when I’m still wearing shorts and tank tops!

With Christmas popping up everywhere all of a sudden, it’s somehow making me feel like I’m already behind…even though we still have weeks until Thanksgiving and 7.5 weeks until Christmas!  So I just need to take a breath and relax, because there is still plenty of time to get in the spirit.  Today I thought I’d share a holiday prep timeline to help make sure that you have time to make your list and check it twice without being stressed or rushed once the holiday season is fully upon us.  I always like to spend November as a “holiday prep” month so that I can actually spend December enjoying the time with my friends & family!

NOVEMBER WEEK 1: Relax & Start Planning

  • Eat some leftover Halloween candy and start looking at your calendar to plan out where you will be spending the holidays and pencil in any special events or parties that you know of.
  • Start making a list of everyone that you need to buy gifts for, as well as setting a budget for each person.  Don’t forget about co-workers, teachers, etc!  If you have any ideas for gifts to give, start writing those down as well!
  • If you send out Christmas cards, start planning those out and coordinate with a photographer to make sure you have them ready in time to send out.

NOVEMBER WEEK 2:  Figure Out What You Need & Start Shopping Around

  • Look at your calendar and start taking a peek into your closet to make sure that you have all of the holiday dresses you’ll need.  I love this red lace dress for a Christmas party and this burgundy dress from last week’s post for Christmas church service.  The holidays are my favorite time of year because there is always an excuse to get dressed up!
  • Really start focusing on narrowing down what you want to give each person on your list for Christmas.  I’ll be sharing tons of gift guides over the next few weeks to help you out!  By identifying these items & starting early, it gives you plenty of time to shop around for a good deal as well as not having to worry about as many crowds at the mall or shipping times if you buy online.
  • Take your Christmas Card photos & start making a list of who you’ll send them out to/make sure you have updated addresses.
  • Start thinking about any miscellaneous Christmas things you may need!  I always like to buy my Christmas Pajamas in November before all of the sizes sell out but it’s also the perfect time to stock up on any decorations you’ll need!

NOVEMBER WEEK 3:  Finish Shopping & Get Ready for Thanksgiving

  • Make sure you’ve ordered any holiday dresses by now so they will arrive in time for your holiday parties.
  • Finish up purchasing your holiday gifts.  Hit up Target for the cutest wrapping paper!
  • Plan out your Thanksgiving Menu & start planning out your tablescape & grocery list.

NOVEMBER WEEK 4:  Thanksgiving week!  Time to relax and spend time with family & friends,  Don’t forget to shop all of the amazing Black Friday deals (I will have a round up of the best sales live here on FoF that morning!)

DECEMBER WEEK 1:  Wrap Your Gifts & Enjoy The Holiday Season!

  • Pull out all of your Christmas decorations, put lights on your house, and start working on wrapping your gifts (if you bought online most of them should have arrived by now!)
  • Mail out Christmas cards
  • Start watching Christmas movies, singing Christmas carols, and enjoying the season!

Thanks for stopping by!  Do you have any tips or tricks for navigating the holiday season with ease?

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