This year for Christmas I did very little planning ahead, perhaps none at all. I want to do better next year.
I think I could put more thought and effort into each gift if I started much earlier. I think I could save money by watching sales or making more presents. I think my husband would be happy if I didn't spend so much money all at once. I think I would enjoy more of the Christmas season if I had most of the shopping done ahead of time. I think I would have more time to bake cookies and candy with my children to take to our neighbors. I just think it's a good idea to start much, MUCH earlier.
There's one problem. Okay two.
One, it kind of overwhelms me trying to figure out exactly how to start planning for Christmas in January.
Two, I'm a procrastinator.
I can overcome number two, I am getting better in this area.
About number one, you can help me.
How do you plan ahead?
How do you plan gifts yet make it something that person won't buy between now and Christmas?
How do you handle the people you draw names for when your family doesn't draw names until thanksgiving?
How do you keep track of what you have for whom?
I would love to hear your ideas for planning ahead.
I really am determined to do something each month, starting in January, to prepare for Christmas next year. I've already been pinning ideas for crafts and Christmas ideas.
I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions!
I plan to do posts sharing how I'm planning ahead each month, so that, maybe, I can encourage others to make the most of their Christmas as well.