Sunday, October 6, 2013
Christmas 2013 update
One trick I have to majorly de-stress the upcoming holiday, is to complete any on site shopping in stores before Thanksgiving. So no, I will not be one of those lining up for Black Friday shopping. I've already made a good dent in my shopping, and have also done the trick on shopping on line, taking advantage of free shipping promotions at both L L Bean and Kohl's (this morning). I also generated a list of what I think I will purchase for the remaining gifts, and will make a plan on when I will go to specific shops to do so. I typically hit the stores bright and early, in an effort to avoid the crowds. I try to coordinate these stops/trips with other errands, thereby saving gas and time.
So just how do I spent the normally hectic period between Thanksgiving and Christmas? We decorate the house, using on hand items, we'll decorate the live tree, listen to holiday music (local radio station plays nothing but holiday music during this time frame), bake some cookies. Evenings and weekends will find me hand crafting some items, alongside DD who plans on knitting some gifts this year. I have some stockings to make for the kids, having purchased the fabrics (on sale, using promotional coupons) last year, knowing that I wouldn't have the time to make them for Christmas 2012 but that they would be for 2013 instead.
The "plan of attack" is set, it's a divide and conquer theme but in the end, it helps me to accomplish what I want to, within my specific time frame, and in a way that will allow me to enjoy this upcoming season, and not be anxious over it. It will once again be a simple Christmas with my children, but that is what it's all about anyway.