As soon as Halloween was over and it turned November – literally the 1st day of the new month – it seemed as though everyone was talking about the ‘C word’. People were all of a sudden chatting about the impending festive season and I must say that it threw me into a small panic because there were still pumpkins left on our neighbours doorsteps and my twins still had plenty of Haribo left in their buckets. I mean, some people even started saying they were ready to start wrapping the presents that they’d bought. Really? I haven’t even started my shopping!
After a lot of complaining on my part I quickly pulled myself together and realised that with several weeks to go I didn’t want a repeat of what I do every year for the last 10 years, which sees me leaving everything until the last minute, getting stressed about what to buy people and generally finding the festive planning period all a bit much.
Saying all that though, I am actually a really big Christmas fan. It is my favourite time of the year. I find it such a magical, wonderful time – especially when you’re a parent to small people who think it is the best thing EVER. All the build up, excitement and fun gets me every year and I love it. But the organising, planning, scheduling, juggling and general work madness can be hard to cope with and requires real effort.
This year I am therefore setting out my intentions to start on this mammoth organisation task early and in order to feel on top of things. Here’s how I intend to get myself prepared for the start of the festive season:
Make the list
It all starts with a list. Tonight I am going to write a list out of everyone who I need to buy a gift for this year, as well as an idea of what they might like. I am also going to list out the other plans I need to make – such as any events or visitors. A list always makes me feel instantly calmer, plus I like to refer to it as I go along, ticking things off. Knowing the kind of presents to buy my friends & family also stops any procrastination of what to buy people when I am browsing shops, plus it makes for a more efficient shopping experience!
I am going to set aside a few hours this week (in the evening) to start ordering presents online. I am also going to declare here that I’ll start wrapping them too once they’re here! I always leave it until the last few days before Christmas and find it such a chore and huge job, plus it’s an excuse to stick on a great film and open a bottle of fizz.
I have been sent this beautiful gift by the lovely people at QVC UK which is a TILI advent calendar to help me count down the days until Christmas. For every day of December there is a new beauty product for me to open which is delightful. It’s an absolutely beautiful product and full of amazing and exciting delights (it would make a lovely gift to a loved one this December). Exactly what every girl wants.
It’s already currently sold out – but you can find a similar one here at QVC UK.
Get a work schedule
Work for me at this time of year can be MANIC. Everyone seems to want everything delivered early-to-mid December and to be honest I always take on too much during the festive period. This year I am going to plan in my content carefully to make sure that I’m not running around like a crazy woman right before Christmas. Plus I’d like to be able to take some time off over the festive period and enjoy being with my family. Saying no to things is therefore crucial right now, especially if they’re not right for me and my blog at the moment.
Like I say, it sounds as though I am the Grinch here! but I’m so not. I really do adore the whole festive period and everything with it. These little tips above will make sure I am feeling more organised this year and enjoy the excitement of the next two months ahead.
Love, Jess x