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Decorating Wisely: Christmas in July Featured

Written by  Friday, 14 July 2017 22:23
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Well, some people are either going to love me or hate me for this week’s column, but it’s what’s on my mind--Christmas! You see, I rarely know what I’m going to write about until something just piques my interest and this week it happens to be Christmas. Maybe it’s because Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas in July” week-long Christmas movies started Friday or it could be that I just met with the ballet guild about the upcoming calendar and at the forefront of that meeting was “The Nutcracker” or it could be a combination of the two. No matter what it is, Christmas is on my mind!


I haven’t been in Hobby Lobby in a while, but I would be willing to bet money that the majority of their Christmas merchandise is out as well. I know some people get upset about that, but in all honesty if you’re crafting Christmas decorations and gifts it takes several weeks if not months of preparation to be able to do it properly and in the most cost-effective way.

 

For example, Ashton, Grayson and I craft many things for the ballet guild to sell at “The Nutcracker” that takes time to plan, purchase at the best possible price and craft the items. I don’t know about you, but when I am rushed to do things like that it takes the joy out of it for me. I love, love creating, but when I’m rushed it becomes a burden rather than a stress reliever. I think that’s why many people don’t truly enjoy the holidays and their true meaning, they simply don’t give themselves enough time to enjoy every step along the way and enjoy the whole process.


Whether you start your Christmas planning in July or later, here’s how you can make it a little easier on yourself and have joyful, family-filled holiday time:
1. Plan early – By this I mean, when you’re sitting around waiting on a doctor’s appointment or your kid to finish at rehearsal, browse through Pinterest for new ideas. Planning is half the fun and half the battle.


2. Make an everything list – This list is everything you would cook, craft, and anything in between if you had the time. This list doesn’t even have to be written down; it could just be a Pinterest board.


3. Narrow the list – Now, it’s time to get realistic about what you can actually accomplish without losing your mind! This is the time to figure out your budget and your time.


4. Start shopping – Now that the list is narrowed, start figuring out what you need to purchase, i.e. craft items, baked goodies containers, etc. Once you have that figured out, watch for sales and work your budget around slowly purchasing these items.


Following these steps will help make your holidays more enjoyable, less stressful, and more like a Hallmark Christmas movie (which I will be enjoying this weekend)!

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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