4 reasons to start planning your DIY Christmas right now

4 reasons to start planning your DIY Christmas right now

Energetic morning, fall colours, pumpkin pie and apple cider. Autumn is the best time of the year, isn’t it? And our minds tend toward Halloween and Thanksgiving. Consider this a big push to put DIY Christmas on your list. Start planning now and you will benefit in many ways this December.

Before I find myself grappling with angry responses from readers flouting “Christmas creep” (a phenomenon in which retailers take advantage of the commercial mode of Christmas by offering Christmas-themed merchandise earlier and earlier each year), that’s not what I’m talking about about about. In fact, I find that quite objectionable. I don’t want the Christmas season to start until we clean up the last Thanksgiving turkey.

Planning and Organizing

I’m talking about planning and organizing now without the huge pressure and panic that I know will come once I’ve waited so long and think my only option is to pile on a pile of debt to get through the season. I despise this feeling of being under the gun, driven by guilt and remorse to mark names off the list, compelled to buy something–anything! – For the holiday.

So, why start now? To give yourself the gift of time:

  1. It’s time to make Christmas full of cash
  2. It is time to establish or revive family traditions
  3. It’s time to separate business from celebrations
  4. It’s time to embrace the idea of ​​DIY Christmas.

Even if you’re not cunning and you don’t want to be, you can plan a lot, do a few things, and even DIY gifts this year.

DIY Christmas

Christmas may be the most beautiful time of the year, but it is also one of the most stressful and expensive. Expectations are high, and it’s tempting to buy credit cards to create the perfect Christmas for your family, with sumptuous meals, new decorations, and the latest, coolest gadgets and costumes for everyone on your gift list. But you don’t have to overspend or borrow to have a great vacation.

Whether getting started means simply making gift lists, studying the calendar, renegotiating the ways you’ve exchanged gifts in the past or exploring new ideas for workplace celebrations – starting holiday preparations now will relieve a lot of stress and pressure in the days and weeks ahead. And if you want to make this homemade Christmas, you’ll have plenty of time to not only get started but really finish your holiday gifts and crafts.

endless ideas

You’ll find plenty of resources on sites like Pinterest and Etsy. Search for “homemade gifts” and get ready for thousands of results. My book “The Affordable Christmas” (available on Kindle and Paperback) is full of inspiration and specific ideas for family traditions, gifts of experience, and more.

Christmas can be magical, but not when it hits us with the stress of guilt, financial stress, and not having time to face its onslaught. The long transition of the holiday season is a way to break the work down into small, easy-to-achieve steps. Do a few chores each week, and you’ll be ready to celebrate the season with even more joy – and without the stress of so much to do and so little time and money to do.

Start planning for Christmas now. I promise this is the way to do less and have more fun!

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