10 Weeks To Go
- Write a list of every person that you need to buy/make a gift for and decide on the amount you will spend. This way you can check out weekly specials in stores and compare prices online.
- Start your name/address list for your Christmas Cards. One of the reasons I haven’t sent cards out in years is because all those addresses are located in various places…it’s time now to write them in your notebook so that when you are ready everything is right there for you in one place.
9 Weeks To Go
- Start making Christmas cards. If you get personalised cards printed take/choose your picture and send away for cards to be printed.
- If you plan on giving calendars as gifts organise photos you will use and upload and order.
- Make contact with family members and decide on what needs to be organised for Christmas Day. If you are hosting it at your place have a list ready of what you need family members to make and contribute towards the day. If you are going to a family members house for the day, make contact with them or drop them an email to see what they need you to bring
- Post any overseas Christmas Cards or presents.
- Have a big sort through the kids toys and cull any that are broken or they no longer use, as we all know they will soon be replaced by new ones on Christmas Day!
- Review Christmas Day food menu so that you can start buying things when they are on special.
- Encourage your children to think about the community groups that make a difference in their lives by donating a few coins, or by doing a few jobs around the house in exchange for a donation to a group. Ask them to pin-point toys they have outgrown that they would like to contribute to a community group that works with children.
- Buy an extra toy or present this Christmas and put it in the collection box at your local shopping centre, office or church. Many department stores, such as Kmart (under the Wishing Tree) collect presents to be distributed to disadvantaged groups by community organisations.
- Finish Christmas tags and handmade gifts ready to wrap next week.
- Get the kids to make wrapping paper - nothing cuter than paper with the kids hand prints on it!
- Spend the week decorating the house inside and out with the children. Go out as a family to choose the Christmas Tree if you're having a real one.
- Start your Advent Calendar.
- Pick up any last minute gifts you need and wrap all your presents.
- Order Christmas hams, turkey, chicken and seafood.
- Check your list of gifts and make sure everyone is accounted for.
- Make a Christmas craft as a family
- Cooking Christmas treats such as decorating gingerbread man, white Christmas, rum balls.
- Many schools and community groups hold concerts at this time of year - lend your support by going along and clapping loudly. You could also offer to help make costumes or sell tickets.
- Spend time as a family visiting close friends and family members.
- Drive around and look at Christmas lights
- Watch A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, Christmas Vacation, or The Nativity Story
- Attend Christmas festivities that you have planned yourself or by the local community.
- Do your food shopping early in the week to avoid being disappointed if what you want isn't available!
- relax, laugh, and play games with extended family
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