Here’s a handy little guide on how to prepare for Christmas in one week. It takes some work, but it can be done. If you work full-time or don’t want to cram it all in one week, do two days a week for four weeks and you’ll have it all done. This works better and is more fun if you have the entire family participate.
Tuesday: Clean the house and get it ready to decorate in the morning. In the evening, order all presents online. You may not be able to get the latest gadget that everybody is running out of by shopping online, but the peace of mind is worth it.
Wednesday: Decorate the house. This is more fun if you play Christmas carols and involve the whole family. Or if you’re not married, invite some friends over for a decorating party.
Thursday: Now that the house is decorated, spend the day doing Christmas cards, planning menus, and making grocery lists. Use email cards if most of your list is online. Take a couple of hours off to watch your favorite Christmas movie or read a classic Christmas story. Here’s a great list of movies to watch. Here’s a list of classic Christmas stories.
Friday: This is your shopping day. Since you’ve bought all your presents online, use this day to go to the grocery store and buy the things you need for baking and for Christmas dinner. You can also get any stocking-stuffers you need like batteries, candy canes, and chocolate. If you enjoy holiday decorations at the mall, this is the time to go. You’ll be able to enjoy it without having to stand in line for hours because your shopping is done.
Saturday: This is your baking day. Have the family help and spend the day baking cookies, deserts, and holiday dishes you can prepare ahead of time.
Sunday: Go to church for the annual Christmas program. In the afternoon, watch a Christmas movie, go to a Christmas musical or play, or go to Christmas brunch at a restaurant with friends or family. Then in the evening, drive around to see all the Christmas decorations. This should put you in the mood for Christmas.
Monday (Christmas Eve): Spend the morning wrapping the presents that should have arrived by now. Hide them or place them under the tree. Buy some donuts or pastry for everyone to eat while they’re opening up gifts. In the evening do something special. Many churches are having Christmas Eve services. That would be a great way to celebrate the reason for the season. Read the Nativity Story from the Bible and A Night Before Christmas to the children before you tuck them into bed. Before you go to bed, set the table with your best linens and china.
Christmas Day: Get up early before the kids and fix a pot of hot chocolate and place the pastries on a Christmas tray in the livingroom. Enjoy knowing you have everything under control.