Five tips to help you prepare for Christmas 2021 [AD]
Do you like to prepare for Christmas months in advance? Or do you have a habit of rushing around the shops on 24th December? Whichever camp you usually fall in, planning now will take some of the stress out of what could feel like your first proper Christmas in two years.
So what steps can you take to get ahead and enjoy an easier Christmas?
Start budgeting now
With all the presents, food and socialising, the Christmas period can do serious damage to your finances if you’re not careful. Factoring it into your budget now will help you put an appropriate amount of money aside in the run up to December.
Sometimes the best gifts are handmade, especially if you have a certain skill or craft to offer. DIY presents can take up serious time though, so starting now will allow you to make them as impressive as possible.
Cross-stitching and knitting are two examples that require the maker to devote a large chunk of time in advance.
Get Christmas cards ready
It’s difficult to judge exactly when to send your Christmas cards. But with infamous Christmas postal backlogs to battle with, it makes sense to have yours ready to go in late November or early December.
You could take the time to create your own cards this year – perhaps with a family photo or personal designs for each receiver.
Christmas still feels a long way off right now, but as the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, you’ll soon thank yourself for getting in the festive spirit early. So why not prepare for Christmas?