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99 Days Until Christmas?

The countdown has begun. But, don’t be alarmed. A little planning now will make for a simpler season.

Who knew that Christmas was only 99 days away?! With the hundred degree temps we’ve been having, it’s hard to imagine ever wearing a coat or hunting down a Christmas tree. But the day will be here before we know it.

I don’t want either of us to get nervous about the holiday season, so I think it’s good to start thinking and planning for a simpler, happier season. And that means starting now.

  • Do you have a budget in place for the holidays? Have you started saving extra money to offset the added expenses?
  • Have you glanced at the calendar to figure out which grandparents you’re going to spend it with? Or Thanksgiving for that matter?
  • Do you have a vague idea of what you want this holiday season to be like?

These may seem premature questions to pose, but I know from experience that the time between Labor Day and Thanksgiving goes by in a blink. And Christmas is not too far behind that.

Let’s not stress — or overdo. But, let’s chip away at the planning so it’s not overwhelming 98 days from now.

Here are some things to help you think and plan without freaking out:

Read A Simpler Season.

A Simpler Season is my ginormous compendium of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s planning ideas and printable pages.

With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, children’s activity sheets, planning pages, gift ideas, and step-by-step tutorials for creating homemade gifts. My mom even contributed an extensive children’s book list and accompanying activities. You can buy A Simpler Season in pdf or on Kindle.

(Read reviews from Parenting Miracles and  Happy Little Homemaker.)

Follow the 101 Days of Christmas.

Mandi from Life Your Way is counting down the days with a number (101, to be exact) of great ideas for a do-it-yourself holiday. I’m already salivating over the White Ting-a-Lings she concocted.

Pick a Plan at Organized Christmas.

Organized Home has a subsite called Organized Christmas. You can choose from a number of plans to get your house and your holiday shipshape. When my kids were just little, I followed both the Christmas Countdown and the Holiday Grand Plan to get life in order. It was so helpful!

Get Crafty with Simple Kids.

Kara is already on track to provide her kids with a handmade item this year. I think that is so sweet. I love the dyed silks that she made. Wow.

Every month on the 25th she’s offering a link-up and chat about the crafts you can make for kids. If you’re handy, or just want to be, go check it out.

These are just four helpful places to get you started on your holiday preparations. In my mind, if you spent 10 minutes a day putting thought and effort into the holidays, you’ll be able to breathe more easily when December 24th rolls around.

In 98 days. ;)

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  1. Yes, I am an advance planner kind of person. It makes the whole season so much more enjoyable! It also reminds me to do the little things throughout the season that make it special. My mom was great at this and I have such good memories I want to recreate for my family.

  2. I’m a sorta advance planner. We do big things like budget and food ideas early so that it’s not a rush at the store (with everyone else). But nearly every year, I’m a slacker with cookies, cards and crafts. I’m hoping to have a little more structure this year!

  3. Oh dear, this post startled me. Didn’t the school year just start yesterday? I’m sure I’ll be back checking these links in about 85 days or so. I’m not much of an advance planner for the holidays but I do try to keep things simple so I can get away with doing a lot at the last minute if needed.

  4. Whenever I see a good deal on an item that reminds me of someone on my shopping list and if it is small enough to stash away, I get it. Usually this adds up to only $20 a month. So far I have filled up my under-the-bed space. I need to go through it before I finish my shopping at the end of novemeber so I know what I still need to get. But it saves me a lot of time and money in the end.
    I also have a running spreadsheet (a new page for each year) So I can look back and see what I bought for people last year or the year before so I don’t get them the same thing. It is also useful to lay out what the kids get and keep my list of what I still have to get and where in one place. This is really necessary since we have chanukah and christmas in my house =)

  5. The only thing I really did in advance last year was store up a lot of cookie dough in the freezer (starting in late October). I plan to do the same thing this year. As far as everything else, I just tend to wait until I’m closer to the season, I don’t know why.

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