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Top 5 Things You’ll Need to Plan During the Holidays

Top 5 Things You’ll Need to Plan During the Holidays

Winter is coming! That obviously means that soon households will be filled with decorative lights, festive cheer and, of course, presents! However, due to our busy lifestyles and schedules it’s sometimes hard to allocate enough time for preparations.

Most of us have been in these kinds of situations before, which is why it may be a great idea to invest some time and come with a personalized holiday checklist. One that will help you keep things in check once the hectic nature of the holidays begins to settle it.

Even though most of us are different and have our own cultures and religions to adhere to, the goal here is to brainstorm some inclusive to get those creative juices flowing. Without further ado, here’s a list of things you’ll need to take care of in order to prepare for the upcoming holiday season.

Figure Out the Holiday Menu

‘Tis the season for festive recipes! As should be evident, holidays provide a great opportunity to catch up with all the relatives and friends. Doing so over a warm and delicious meal is a great way to relax and unwind.

Are you planning a party or a modest dinner? Is your holiday party checkliststill blank? It doesn’t take inordinate amounts of time, money and effort to come up with food ideas for the holiday table. Over the years people have experimented and came up with numerous menus that can be used by people of any budget, cravings and ability.

If actually cooking is not your forte or maybe work is expected to get in the way, probably give catering a try. Just remember that even if you order the food early, it’s still possible to keep it cool in the fridge with trusty storage boxes with lids or other associated types of kitchenware.

Oh, and don’t forget about napkins!

Get Presents Early

I needed to be reminded of this myself last year. Wasn’t prepared last time, so this year around I’m planning to get some work done on a holiday packing checklist.

Are you giver or a taker? If it is the latter, it’s time to adopt the seasonal cheer and get cracking with those gifts! Don’t procrastinate and go out to get presents at the last possible moment.

Make sure to get presents for your friends and family as early as possible. And even before that, it’s advisable to come up with a list of items you want to get. If you’re drawing a blank, check out this or this to get you rolling on your holiday shopping checklist.

Planning is half the job done and running around without a clear goal in mind is likely to be a waste of time. What does your significant other want? What about your children or friends?

There’s a lot of pleasure to be had from witnessing someone’s grateful reaction.

And don’t forget to treat yourself in all the commotion. You deserve it too.

Set Up Decorations

Once the presents are done and figured out, it’s time to move on to the most therapeutic part the holiday season — decorating. The usual suspects of a well-decorated home are the following:

  • The Tree
  • Tree ornaments
  • Star decorations
  • Trimmings
  • Decorative lights
  • Candles
  • Among others

Even though parroting your neighbors is the path of least resistance, I’d urge to spend some time visualizing the decor that hasn’t been done by you before. You can always be subtle, or you can make allow your creativity to take over. Once you get started, ideas will be triggered at will.

The point is, decorating is what in part makes holidays great. Don’t just skip over it like it’s an afterthought or a just a holiday planning checklistitem. Get into it.

Organize Entertainment

That’s right. Even entertainment is ought to be planned. Aside from work-related corporate events, there’s is no shortage of things to see and do. Check local listings for events you may have an interest in.

Also, holidays have been a great time for movies and theatre events, historically. ‘Tis the season of movies that will be Oscar-nominated and the movie calendarreflects that.

No matter how you choose to entertain yourself, make it memorable.

Find Time to be In Your Quiet Place

Last, but not least, you should leave some time for yourself. Think of how the previous months have been like and visualize a path to the future.

Talk with your parents, if you haven’t. Send a postcard to that one person you haven’t talked to in a while. Take care of yourself and come up with a new year’s resolution.

Leave everything bad that happened with you in the past. Distilling everything to its core and throwing out the junk is a therapeutic exercise that may help achieve inner peace.
Drone out the noise and take a second for yourself, that’s my planning advice. 

Even though this may be just some motivational mumbo-jumbo, I sincerely hope this holiday checklisthas been of help and you’ve jump-started some clever ideas. Good luck in your preparations, and here’s hoping you get everything you want out of this upcoming holiday season.

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