We continue our countdown towards a stress free holiday with a short list of Christmas-related tasks for the week.
Go and buy the Christmas cards, if you haven’t already. They are everywhere now, but like advent calendars, they tend to sell out – or become strangely pricier – as we approach the holidays. If you order your cards online and want to support a particular charity it also makes sense to get started now as printers get busier in December.
Lights and Batteries
Why postpone the fairy lights until next month, when November is when you really need the extra pick-me-up? And whilst you’re at it, this is a good time to go over how many (and what size) batteries you are going to need for any Christmas related decorations. You may as well get them in, put them in a drawer and be safe in the knowledge that there will be no late-night trips to the corner shop or bizarre attempts to try and squeeze an unsuitable battery into a device. This never works!
Gift-list and wrapping paper
No, it’s not too early.
This is exactly the right time to take a quiet moment and make a list and a budget. Once you’ve gone over what you can spend and who you’re buying for, it will be at the back of your mind when you’re out and about and stumble over a gift that’s right for somebody on your list.
Also, make sure you have wrapping paper and gift tags to hand, so that you can wrap your presents as you bring them home. Once a gift is wrapped, put it away, tick the name on your list and congratulate yourself on a job well done!
TIP: Now is also the time to investigate the cello-tape situation. If yours looks as if it has been baked in the oven, it may be time to swap it with a new one (this is not going to cost a fortune!) You will then avoid standing in the kitchen on 24th December trying to untangle an eight year old roll of tape with a knife.