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Decorating Wisely: Countdown till Christmas Featured

Written by  Friday, 27 October 2017 10:17
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By Glenda Wise

 

Halloween is fast approaching and guess what that means?! The Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas is finally here! The first Christmas movie started at 1:00 pm Friday! I’m beyond excited even though I don’t have a lot of time to watch TV, it’s nice to turn on a feel good movie after a long day. In honor of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas beginning this weekend, I thought I would make our own little Countdown to Christmas.


For the remainder of October
• Make a budget
• Make a list of gift recipients broken down by type of gift, i.e., homemade or purchased
• Start picking up stocking stuffers as you see them (The Target $1 section is great for this...although their dollar section isn’t really a dollar section anymore it’s more like $3)
• Get your Christmas card list in order...update with new addresses, etc.
• Plan homemade Christmas gifts
• Make nonperishable homemade Christmas gifts
• Make preparations for any Advent fun


November
• If you haven’t already done so, take your family Christmas pictures
• Make and freeze cookie dough
• Order/purchase Christmas cards and, ideally, have them ready to mail the first week in December (Note: I said ideally, I have a hard time getting this done by then, but, hey, goals, right?)
• Decorate the house (now, this is totally up to you, but although I love Christmas decorating, I also love Thanksgiving decorations and don’t decorate until after Thanksgiving)
• Make a list of local Christmas activities you want to attend and put them in your calendar. I also pencil in when I need to purchase tickets if it’s an event that requires prepurchased tickets.
• Plan your Christmas meal(s)
• Mail holiday party invitations towards the end of the month.


December
• Make perishable homemade Christmas gifts
• Deliver homemade Christmas gifts
• Mail Christmas cards
• Wrap gifts
• Finish holiday baking
• Enjoy the holidays!


Two of the most important things you can do this holiday season is to make time to volunteer and/or donate to help out those in need and most of all, remember the reason for the season and don’t get too bogged down in the hustle and bustle.

 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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