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Christmas preparation for November

Christmas tasks to complete in November

While most people associate Christmas tasks with December, there are several things you can do in November to prepare for the holiday season.

Getting ahead start can help reduce stress and allow you to fully enjoy the festivities when the 25th arrives.

Here are some easy tasks to complete this month.

Create a budget

Determine your spending budget, including gifts, decorations, food, and entertainment. Planning your finances early can help you avoid overspending.

Make a gift list

Start making a list of people you plan to give gifts to, along with ideas for each person. This will help you stay organized and avoid last-minute shopping.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

If you're planning to take advantage of these shopping events, create a list of items you want to purchase and research deals in advance.

Decorate your home

Begin decorating your home for the holidays, starting with outdoor decorations like lights and wreaths, and then moving on to the indoor décor.

Write cards 

Design or purchase your cards and make a list of recipients. Consider sending digital cards to save time and reduce paper waste.

Organise and clean

Declutter and clean your living space to make room for decorations and guests. This is also a good time to donate unused items to those in need.

Plan the menu

If you're hosting a gathering, start planning your menu and make a shopping list for non-perishable items.

Bake and freeze

Prepare cookies, bars, and other treats in advance and store them in the freezer. This will save you time closer to Christmas.

Shop for non-perishables

Purchase non-perishable items for your meals, such as canned goods, spices, and baking supplies.

Order special gifts

If you plan to order personalized or custom gifts, do so in November to ensure they arrive on time.

Plan travel

If you're traveling for the festive season, book your flights or accommodations early to secure the best prices and availability.

Get advent calendars ready

Prepare advent calendars for your family to count down the days until Christmas. You can purchase these at most supermarkets, online or even make your own.

Make handmade crafts

Start working on homemade gifts or crafts, which can be a fun and thoughtful way to show your love for family and friends.

Donate to charities

Consider making charitable donations or volunteering your time to help those in need during the holidays.

By tackling these tasks in November, you can reduce the stress in December and enjoy a more relaxed and joyful Christmas.