How to Prepare for Christmas & Keep the Holidays Stress-Free
Tips for Christmas Preparation That Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Holiday Celebrations
Preparing for the holidays well in advance of the season can remove the end-of-year stress associated with buying gifts, decorating the house, and organizing travel. With a few precise plans and a well-developed budget, you’ll have a clear understanding of how to prepare for Christmas and holiday celebrations that are easy and truly joyous.
In this article, we’ll go over a few holiday preparation tips for combating some of the most common things that cause us stress during Christmas. There are many ways you can start your Christmas preparations before December arrives, so you’ll be able to kick back and relax as the year comes to a close.
Choose Your Holiday Decorations
If you’re staying at home this season or hosting a get-together with friends and family, you may want to consider picking out new decorations well before December. A new set of lights, a brand new Christmas tree, or even an extra wreath can go a long way in refreshing the appearance of your home during the holidays. We carry a variety of low-cost decor options available throughout the year, so you can begin shopping now- even if it’s the middle of July.
Indoor and Outdoor LED Christmas Lights
When considering how to decorate your home for the holidays, begin by searching for LED Christmas lights. Outdoor LED Christmas lights are a great place to start and are sure to impress your neighbors and friends. With options like C9 and C7 bulbs with a separate socket light line, you’ll have extensive customization options so you can arrange your lights in a new way each year. If you’re ready to think outside the box for your home exterior, you may also want to consider Christmas laser lights. And whether you’re decorating indoors or outdoors, the traditional T5 LED Christmas lights are always available to suit your needs.
Spruce up Your Christmas Tree
After you’ve set the lighting for your home, you may want to look into refreshing your Christmas tree. If you have an artificial Christmas tree, there’s no need to stress over the details. If you’re picking out a real tree for your celebrations, you’ll need to set aside time to pick out a tree, remember to water the tree regularly and have a plan for disposing of the tree when the season is over. Whether you choose to celebrate the season with a natural or artificial tree, a new Christmas bow or ornament set can help spruce up this important holiday centerpiece.
Wreaths and Garlands
Add a little greenery to your home this season with garlands or a new Christmas wreath. Many of these decorations come pre-lit and are ready to hang right out of the box. Stockings and tree ornaments work well in combination with these forms of Christmas greenery and are typically an inexpensive addition to your decorating plan. Take a look through a few more of these Christmas must haves to gather additional inspiration for the coming season.
Pick Christmas Gifts Well in Advance
Choosing Christmas gifts for your friends and family is the most frequent source of stress surrounding the holiday season. Luckily, you can shop for Christmas gifts at any time during the year. When everyone else is stressing out about what to buy, you’ll be relaxed and ready to go.
There are also plenty of Christmas gifts to make in advance of the season, ranging from fun knitting projects to a showcase of your woodworking skills. You can find more inspiration for DIY Christmas gifts here. When it comes to Christmas gifts, a present that showcases the time you spent making something for that person is sure to come across better than a purchased product.
In addition to the stress-relief benefits associated with buying your gifts in advance, there may also be a financial benefit to doing so. Many retailers increase prices around the holiday season, knowing that shoppers are seeking gifts for their friends and family. Shopping well in advance of December makes it easier to get the best deals and is sure to make your holiday preparations a breeze.
Make Travel Arrangements Early
Wondering how to prepare for a holiday trip and when to book your travel arrangements? Purchasing flights at least 30-60 days in advance of the holidays is the surest way to make sure you can book at a reasonable price, though there are often many deals on the weekend following Thanksgiving. Picking flights and accommodations well before December is a sure way to make holiday travel as stress-free as possible. For more information and advice for coordinating Christmas travel, check out these holiday booking tips.
Christmas Party Prep
Christmas parties are a staple of the holiday season and are always a great way of connecting with friends on a yearly basis. If you’re hosting a holiday get-together this year, there are a few basic steps you can follow to ensure your party is a memorable one.
Set a Date and Send Invitations Early
Picking a date and setting a guest list a few months before the party is the ideal way to ensure everyone is able to attend your get-together. Send invitations as early as possible so that no one has a conflicting engagement.
Create a Menu and Make Holiday Treats
The traditional Christmas party wouldn’t be complete without a few holiday cookies and treats. Luckily, many of these items are easy to prepare a few days in advance, so you won’t need to spend the entire time leading up to the party in your kitchen. Set a menu a few weeks in advance of the party to ensure you’ll skip the scrabble of missing ingredients and oven space.
Build an Impressive Holiday Display
A Christmas party is a great way to showcase your indoor and outdoor holiday decorations. A creative lighting arrangement or decorative display is sure to impress your guests and get everyone who comes over into the holiday spirit. Make sure to set the scene with your favorite Christmas music as well! For more decorating tips and tricks, check out our exclusive guide for making special events brighter.
How to Prepare for Christmas All Year
There are many different ways to coordinate your Christmas celebrations and prepare for the holidays before December. Choose your holiday decorations and lights, book travel as soon as possible, and pick out a few gifts well in advance to remove the stress associated with the Christmas season. This year your festivities and end-of-year get-togethers are sure to be more festive than ever before.
Christmas Designers is happy to assist you with lighting and decorating your home. Our range of LED string lights and commercial Christmas products is available year-round, so you can begin preparations for the holiday season now and make December a more joyous and less stressful occasion.