5 WEEKS BEFORE:
~ Sit down and write the holiday cards, depending on how many you send out it may take a few days if you just do a few a day. Put the stamps on them and keep them in a basket next to your car keys so you don’t forget to mail them.
~ Check your extra chairs and the leaf in the dining table. Make sure you have everything in good repair.
~ Pull out your Christmas dishes and check to make sure all are in good condition, washed, and replace any that need to be.
~Pull out your Table Cloth and napkins as well and launder those, iron them etc. then fold them all nicely and keep in a basket near your dining table for easy access.
~ Start purchasing the gifts on your list. To help your budget go farther think about things like the gift of experience…send your parents to a comedy show, or send your friends a gift certificate to one of those fancy movie theaters now, give an aquarium membership etc. to a family. These things are much more fun and don’t clutter up your friends and families house.
~ Get your holiday music cd’s ready and put near the stereo, or download a Christmas station to Pandora or your ipod etc.