Happy August! As you can see from the title of this post, I meant to write it yesterday . . .
Anyway, I think August is a great time to start thinking about Christmas, specifically making your gift list. I start by listing the people I intend to give a gift–kids, husband, parents, sisters, friends, etc. Then I write any ideas for gifts, by that person’s name. If he or she collects certain items, or has started a new hobby, I write that down. I also include sizes, favorite colors, etc. My list goes in my purse, when I can refer to it easily.
It seems that by making a list, I subconsciously think about gift-giving whenever I shop. I can get that perfect item when I see it, or when I come across a great sale on angel figurines, remember that my mom collects angels, and get one for her.
I’m planning to update the kids’ scrapbooks for Christmas, and by beginning to plan now, I can schedule afternoons on my calendar for scrapbooking–no more cropping pictures on Christmas Eve (yep, I’ve done it!).
There are lots of advantages to planning early–I do not like to shop in crowds, and buying throughout the fall pretty much prevents this. It also gives me time to find something really special, AND helps the budget crunch that often occurs around the holidays. It also prevents last-minute shopping for gifts we might forget until the last minute–teachers, the mailman, etc.
Of course we all know there’s more to Christmas than just gifts. Beginning to plan in August (or at least writing down what you want to plan!) gives you time to find all the recipes for a great Christmas dinner, or sew stockings, or volunteer at a shelter, plan a visit to a nursing home, or learn to play a new carol on the piano.
One more thing . . . thinking about the weather at Christmas gives me a nice break from the heat right now in Nebraska!
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