To make Christmas enjoyable, you need to start planning now. Steps to make that happen:
- Sit down with your spouse, older children, and a calendar and block out dates in December RIGHT NOW! Plan what you would like to do as a family and put it on the calendar. This is the only way to make sure everyone will be free
- Consider blocking out dates just for everyone to stay home and enjoy each other's company. Christmas is a busy season and you don't have to be going, going, going all the time.
- If you have been buying gifts throughout the year, now is the time to inventory them. See what you have before you buy more.
- Plan what you still need to get and write it down (and then carefully hide the list!) How many gifts does each person get? What are they (or types of things) are they? Do they need to be made or purchased? What supplies do you need to make them? Where will you purchase them? What is your timeline? It might help to have a special holiday planning calendar where you put target dates to have things done by. My goal is to have all Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving.
- How do you do sibling gifts? Does each child make/buy something for everyone? Do you draw names? Do it now. I find planning for children to make gifts for others to be as labor intensive as any gift preparation I do for them. It helps to start making plans now even if the children won't be working on it 'till December.