The holidays are coming, so it’s time to start preparing!
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting more relaxed, and Christmas is just around the corner! Some countries are already celebrating Christmas, like the Philippines, even though it’s just the month of September.
That’s because, in the Philippines, the “ber” months (September, October, November, and December) are considered the start of the holiday season.
So, are you prepared for the holidays? If not, don’t worry – we’re here to help! This blog post will discuss tips on preparing for the holiday season.
1. Make a plan
Sit down with a cup of something, a notebook or your computer, and your calendar. Do a mental inventory of everything you usually do, need, or want to do during the holidays, perhaps in mid-October and continuing through the holiday celebrations.
Include everything: family traditions, church or work or community events in which you need or want to participate, people to whom you want to give gifts, food or gifts you want to make, meals you want to serve, parties you want to host or attend, and so on.
2. Organize a few enjoyable activities for you and your family
Now might be a good time to start looking into memory-making family activities for the holiday season. What services does your neighborhood provide? What unique attractions are available near your home?
3. Make a holiday funding plan
Consider how much money you’re willing to set aside for each person you want to give a gift to. Making a budget now may help you resist the temptation to overspend as the holiday approaches.
4. Start by listing the people you need to buy gifts for
This will help track your spending and ensure you don’t forget anyone!
5. Start brainstorming gift ideas
If you’re struggling, try thinking about what your loved ones are interested in or what they might need.
6. Once you know what you want to buy, it’s time to start budgeting
Determine how much money you can afford to spend on each person and stick to it!
7. Now it’s time to start shopping
But before you go crazy, remember to stay organized and keep track of your spending.
8. Wrap your gifts and write out your holiday cards!
This is the fun part! We hope you found these tips helpful.
9. Make it meaningful
Keep your priorities in mind, and consider what is important to you and your family. Many people observed that “deciding what is important, especially as kids get older”, is one key to a memorable holiday season.
10. Even during the Christmas season, prioritize personal time and self-care.
Schedule your holiday appointments and make time for self-care.
Do you have any tips on how to prepare for the holidays? Please share them with us in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you. Ber months have already arrived, so Christmas is just around the corner.
No matter how you celebrate it, there’s no denying that Christmas is a particular time of year. So take some time to enjoy all your favorite holiday traditions with your loved ones – after all, that’s what this festive season is all about!