Christmas may have just come to an end, but if you want to ensure that Christmas 2017 is bigger, better and more stress-free than last year’s festivities, it might not be a bad idea to start thinking about the most wonderful time of the year, and your plans for it, now.
“But it’s too early!” I hear you cry. The fact is, it’s never too early to organise Christmas, especially when you’re a busy single mum with a lot on your plate. Here’s why:
Keep Control of Christmas
Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year, but can also be one of the most stressful if you let it slip out of your control. The beauty of starting early is that you can set firm plans that no one will be able to break once they know how long they’ve been in the pipeline. No more will you be brow-beaten into attending events you’re just not interested in. No longer will you have to visit your annoying distant cousin – you can do things your way!
Reorganise Your Gift Giving Policies
If you have long thought that gift-giving should be relegated to children and the most special people in your lives, don’t leave it too long to tell your wider circle that you want to give up gifting between you and them because they may already have purchased your gifts! Instead, get in early, renegotiate your combined gifting policies and streamline your Christmas Budget.
Spread the Cost
If you start buying your Christmas gifts now, not only will you not be hit with a huge credit card bill come the January after Christmas, but you will not be in a mad dash to find the last of the hottest toys for Christmas, come Christmas Eve.
Buying one gift once a week, or month, in the run-up to Christmas, depending on how many you have to buy, is more than enough to ensure that you are ready and organised come the holidays.
Make Your Own Gifts
If you want to save money this Christmas or you simply want to give more personal presents this year, there is never a better time to start than now. The best handmade gifts are the ones that were planned and executed well in advance, so it is never too early to start making gifts,
From pickles to sweaters, there are so many things that you can handmade for the holidays, and in most cases, you can get the kids involved, so a handmade Christmas is a great way to bond too!
Have a Great Time
Of course, the most important reason to consider organising your Christmas sooner rather than later is that you will be the only one who is not running around like a headless chicken come the festive season. While everyone else is busy frantically shopping on Christmas Eve, cooking and negotiating Christmas plans with their families, you can sit back and relax with an eggnog and have a fantastic time with your family completely stress-free.