I know, I know, it’s only October 5th, and I’m starting to talk about Christmas. I am normally one of those people that doesn’t even like to start thinking about Christmas until after Thanksgiving is over. I don’t like seeing Christmas decorations in stores before October is over, and I definitely think that our culture over does the whole Christmas season.
That being said, I do love Christmas and celebrating the birth of our Savior, and I think it’s a really important and special time for our families. But, when I put off thinking and planning for it until after Thanksgiving, I end up missing out on most of the things that I would have liked to do to celebrate Christmas with my family.
Things like making homemade gifts, or buying used gifts, and coming up with creative alternatives to wrapping paper. Things like serving others, and doing a meaningful Advent Calendar, or a Jesse Tree, with my kids. Things like Christmas crafts and baking that get lost in the busyness of the season.
I’m determined this year to start planning ahead now, so I can do more of those things I would like to this Christmas.
So, this month’s Simple Step is to Start Planning For Your Frugally Green Christmas.
And then take action on a few of the things you are planning for.
This can and will look different for different people, depending on how much or how little you have to do before Christmas. This will hopefully be our first year doing a Jesse Tree, so I’ll have to work on making all the ornaments for it, but if you’ve done a Jesse Tree in the past, then you already have the ornaments ready to go.
Here are some great resources to get you starting with thinking about what you need to plan.
The Frugally Green Christmas Series on Live Renewed:
- Giving Gifts 2009
- Giving Gifts 2010
- Gift Guide
- Christmas Cards
- The Tree and Decorations
- Wrapping Gifts
- Serving Others
- The Reason For the Season
Other Christmas Planning Posts:
- Don’t Let the Pumpkin Spice Lattes Fool You from Simple Mom
- Plan Now to Stretch Your Christmas Budget from Finances…Your Way
And Mandi at Life Your Way is hosting 101 Days of Christmas with ideas, tips, DIY and more for your Christmas inspiration.
For me, I’ve printed out a Christmas Master To-Do list and I’m going to start writing down all the ideas I have this week. Next week we’ll talk about tackling some of those ideas!
Are you a Christmas Planner or Procrastinator? What’s one thing that you’d love to do this Christmas season that will require that you plan ahead?
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