Not ready for Christmas? You’re not alone! For many of us, 2020 has been a whirlwind and it’s hard to believe the festive season has already begun.
If you are a last-minute shopper, however, there’s still time to make the end of this year extra special. Get organized and plan gifts, decorations, and food to avoid the Christmas Eve dash.
With these simple tips, even the traditional procrastinator can have a successful, stress-free festive season:
Personalized Christmas Cards
While you may think the window for buying personalized Christmas cards has closed, it’s not too late. Head to any retailer that sells greeting cards to find or create a memorable keepsake that can be mailed to everyone you care about. Send “Happy New Year” cards well into January!
The good news is you don’t have to make your cards from scratch. Just upload a family photo and choose a template made by an independent designer. Then, sit back and wait for your cards to arrive. Before you get started, think about a theme. Will your cards be funny, sophisticated, or seasonal? Consider a black and white design for a timeless finish.
Meals Prep and Planning
Now is the time to start planning your Christmas menu. Whether you’re expecting visitors or opting for a quiet night in with your immediate family, you can still enjoy a delicious feast. Creating a shopping list and meal plan will help you get organized. Plus, you may still be able to find the items you need at a good price.
Of course, your Christmas meal doesn’t have to be extravagant, as a simple and elegant dinner would make just about anyone happy. Start with an appetizer, like a cheese platter, salad, or dip. For the main course, consider turkey or chicken with a side salad. Finish with a dessert that can be made ahead of time, like a cheesecake or pudding.
Last-Minute Gift Ideas
Are there still people on your list for which to buy something? While the deadline for buying something online and ensuring it arrives by Christmas Day is looming, you may be able to find what you’re looking for at any big-box retailer. Just because you’re in a rush doesn’t mean your gifts can’t be meaningful. Consider putting a personalized touch on your presents to make them unique. For example, gift someone an indoor plant with a decorated pot. Or, you can always go with an engraved necklace, a framed photograph, or homemade cookies.
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You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your home feel festive. In fact, a Christmas tree and some other light holiday décor will instantly transform your space. Not to mention, some fairy lights will create a magical, sparkling glow. If you have some candles in your cupboard, use them to give your home ambiance, and place a wreath on your door. Depending on where you live, you may be able to incorporate natural pieces, such as pinecones, for a rustic Christmas theme. For those with children, find family-friendly craft projects to keep them entertained.
Get Ready for Christmas
Stop procrastinating, because getting ready for Christmas can be simple! Take the pressure off by ordering personalized Christmas cards online and planning your holiday dinner in advance. Additionally, know that last-minute gift ideas can still be special when you add a creative touch. This has been a long and trying year for many, but you can still enjoy the festivities if you start planning now!