Ok, Halloween is over and it is now time to officially start planning "THE HOLIDAYS"!!! Get your groaning over because, like it or not, they are here.
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I find planning helps out a lot - lists, lists, lists! And a huge calendar. First, I mark dates and times of events I have to be at or other special days. Kids' school concerts, birthdays (yes, there are a bunch of us that have birthdays during the holiday season - we don't like it either), holiday parties, and anything else you've go going on. This way you know what dates are taken. Or if you are more technically savvy than I am, put it on your phone - then you won't forget the list at home (my personal favorite trick)!
Get your gift lists together and start shopping - every time you go out pick up something. Or go online and get things ordered. If it is ok with your employer, have gifts delivered to your work - that way the kids (including spouses) don't get curious and into things they shouldn't. As they come in or purchased - WRAP THEM! Saves staying up till three in the morning Christmas Eve doing it. Also, save yourself a lot of shipping costs for those out-of-town gifts and shop online and have it sent directly to the giftee. In-store pick-up and layaway are also good.
Get your grocery list together and start picking up the non-perishable or frozen stuff when ever you hit the grocery store. Saves a lot of hassle of holiday crowds and not forgetting the small stuff - whip cream, cranberry sauce, etc.
Get any appointments you need to fix your appliances - technicians are VERY busy this time of year. New drip pans for your stove, change your water filter on the fridge, anything you've been meaning to do. Most of all - do not use your self-clean feature on your stove this close to the holidays! Using this feature may blow a board and getting it fixed before the holidays is tough if not close to impossible.
Most of all - don't let the holiday stress get to you! Schedule times for relaxing and for your family. Have fun not headaches!
Have a great week!