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5 Free Things to do NOW! to get ready for next Christmas…

Yes – I really do have some things I do as one Christmas ends, to get ready for the next one. This may sound a bit much, but you will thank me next December I promise, and there is nothing here that is onerous honest.

1. DVD or Book Advent

Over several years of presents and great finds we built up a collection of family Christmas films. We now keep these separately and use them as a sort of advent calendar, so from 1st December the kids take turns to unwrap a Christmas film most nights after school, and weekends. We used to wrap the books as well but that got harder with the age range of children and the number of books we read each night, so they are now just in a pretty box for the Season.

It’s much easier to wrap them NOW before you put them away in the loft, and using the wrapping paper you have saved from the recycling bin, job done.

You can do this unwrapping idea with anything really depending on what you have (or would like to get hold of…) ideas could be books, or chocolate, wine… whatever you want!

2. Food List

 

Write a basic shopping list NOW while you can still remember what you had and what you forgot!

Or use the shopping receipt to start you off… If you are being super organised you might keep a file with such lists in so year on year you build up a great database of resources. You will never forget the cranberry sauce again…

You could also include any new ideas you have seen or been treated to by others, you could keep recipes here and we also have a list of non-food items e.g. we like to find a colouring in table cloth.

The more organised you are the better to take advantage of any deals you see in the run up to the big day – you can save a lot of money by buying in advance in sales throughout the year, or spreading the cost by adding things to each weekly shop over the Winter months.

 

3. Cut up your Cards

If you received Christmas Cards you can reuse them for lots of things by getting them ready NOW, which also means less going into the recycling; ideas might include:

• Cut up for present labels
• Used to make new Christmas cards (this is what we do…)
• Cut up for kids crafts (sorted into animals or colours?)
• Cut out non-Christmas bits for Thank You cards
• Cut out for hexagon patchwork foundation piecing – New Year, New Hobby xx

 

4. Keep a Present List

 

To save trying to remember what you got for everyone this year, so you don’t duplicate next year jot a list down NOW (if you like the idea of this Christmas Planning File, add this in x) and then you don’t have to remember. Mr F is a bit of a spreadsheet fanatic, so we have all our lists on the computer and then can share the load of thinking, buying, making, organising etc . This is also really useful as my brain works in curious ways and I now have a place to save a good idea that comes to me in April for a Christmas present. Another advantage is that if I’m planning on making things or doing crafts with the children I can add anything I need to buy well in advance of December itself – and like the food list, I can make use of free recycling sites and sales.

If you are a present re-gifter, please keep a note of where each gift you will be ‘re-homing’ has come from. There is NOTHING worse than getting a gift you gave someone coming back to you… we have a family member who doesn’t keep a list – and we take bets on who will get what from last year!!

The year we had baby four on the 21st, I can’t remember much – but luckily I had completed all my lists in advance and could leave Mr F to it – unsure what day we would all be home and when baby might join us!

5. Clothes Clear Out

 

If you have festive clothes, before you put them all away for next year, just have a quick check of sizes and condition. With four children our Christmas clothes have had a good innings, but this year we have given our new baby items to a friend, and at the end of this year anything under age 2 can be given away. It is another quick job you can do NOW that you won’t have to do next December. This might be true of slippers, dressing up costumes, festive hats etc.

Our family really hopes your family has had an amazing break, and that we will continue to support and inspire you in 2018, we have such exciting plans – bring it on!

 

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8 Comments

  1. Great tips :) I love cutting up cards to make present labels and always try to make sure the label is a on a present for the person who sent the card... not that they notice, but it makes me happy!
    Reply 2nd January 2018 at 4:44 pm
  2. I love the book advent. That’s a great idea.
    Reply 30th December 2017 at 5:25 pm
  3. It's a great idea to prep as much as you can for next year before putting things away! I love the Christmas card ideas - we like to make ornaments and crafts out of them too.
    Reply 30th December 2017 at 5:10 am
  4. I also re-gift items that I received that I or my family didn't really like or want! I also save as much of the wrapping paper and gift bags as I can so I don't have to buy more next year :)
    Reply 29th December 2017 at 11:55 pm
  5. Torche' Nash
    This is awesome! I'm constantly telling myself I need to write things that I forgot about this year and remind myself for next year, so this helps a bunch!
    Reply 29th December 2017 at 11:50 pm
  6. What a really neat and practical post that would be useful for most families. Great ideas that definitely set yourselves up for a better Christmas the following year.
    Reply 29th December 2017 at 10:48 pm
  7. These are great ideas to implement next year!
    Reply 29th December 2017 at 10:02 pm
  8. Love this. Great ideas
    Reply 29th December 2017 at 7:18 pm

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