Plan your budget
The sooner you plan your Christmas budget and start putting money aside, the less daunting the holiday season will be. You can even start shopping for gifts now – after all, nobody will know if you bought their gift in June! If you’re feeling really keen, you can even wrap them too.
Consider the food
First things first, decide who will be hosting Christmas. If it’s you, think about what aspects of the meal you may be able to prepare in advance. Certain sides such as stuffing can be prepared in advance and then frozen, to help reduce pressure around the big day. Similarly, most recipes suggest that a Christmas pudding can be made 5-6 weeks before Christmas Day itself, and a Christmas cake even earlier!
Organise your decorations
Are you the person who forgets that the string lights are broken until you pull them out of the loft on December 1st? Instead of waiting for the usual last-minute panic, take a few hours to sort through your decorations in the months leading up to the festive season. This way, you have plenty of time to replace anything which may be broken (or just a bit tired), and you might even find a few hidden gems.
Pen your wish list!
Christmas lists are not just for kids – if you have a list of things which you’ve had your eye on, why not let a family member know? This way, not only will you be making life easier for those who don’t know what to get you, but you’ll be guaranteed to receive something you want.