Clever Ways to Prepare for the Holidays

December 14, 2023
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While many of us enjoy the calm winds of the season, malls are already overcrowded with items for the Christmas rush. Christmas is one of the most awaited days of the year, and it is just intelligent to prepare early. Preparation is a process that takes time; you will surely regret it when things are half-baked. Early preparation means that when Christmas day arrives, all you have to do is sit and relax. 

Prepare early for Christmas

It is a fact that the Philippines has one of the most extended Christmas in the world. When the cool months set in, you will surely hear Christmas songs played in malls, on the radio, and public transportation. Early preparation is the best way to save money, refrain from stress, and avoid headaches. 

Have you coordinated with your family members on how to celebrate Christmas this year? Of course, we understand that families have traditions they want to keep in terms of the annual celebration of Christmas. It is still recommended to plan to make sure to include all crucial details. Preparing a few days before Christmas will leave you stressed, unsatisfied, and panicky. All you want to happen is for the day to be finished. That’s what we want to avoid. 

Plan properly

Many of us love Christmas; preparing for it is natural and innate. Each individual or family has their prepping style, and the most straightforward, uncomplicated way to start is to make a list. Once you have a list, everything else will be easy and smooth. Proper planning, coordination, distribution of job assignments, and budgeting can help prevent untoward events or incidents. 

Don’t overspend

Celebrating Christmas means that you have to spend cash. You need to work out your budget so that you can prepare smartly. Remember everything you need, including food, decorations, gifts, attire, greeting cards, and the fare to and from the malls or supermarkets. Work out what you will need to spend and write them all down. This will give you a better idea of managing your funds without wasting cash on unnecessary items. 

Use your calendar

December is a busy month for many of us. Make sure to start filling your diary or calendar with the various activities you need to do. Examples are parties, school events, company lunches or dinners. This practice will ensure you get everything. Remember all your kids’ school activities. If you plan to order food, note when to call and pick it up. The more organized you are, the better you will feel for the celebrations. 

Create a guest list

Preparing for the Christmas celebration takes work. Therefore, it is just right to keep track of the people who will attend. Knowing the number of attendees will help you get organized. Make your list and check it twice. Go and find out who will come or not. Start planning for the items that will be needed, such as toiletries, extra plates, utensils, food, and drinks. Remember the relatives and friends who will stay; you will need additional bedding, beds, pillows, and blankets. 

Send the invites

Send out the invites to tell your loved ones that you will be hosting the celebration for Christmas. Be sure to note that they will give you their response a few days or a week before the most anticipated day. This will allow you to prepare enough food and drinks so everybody will be satisfied and contented. 

Don’t forget the Christmas meal

Certain foods such as gravy, stuffing, and others can be prepared early and frozen. Doing this will save you time and effort to attend to other essential things for the celebration. If you can order online, do so to give yourself more time to prep. 

Plan and prepare with your loved ones 

You can do some things with others. Give your family members their respective tasks and monitor them occasionally. With their help, everything will be smooth and organized. Merry Christmas!


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