I know that soon we will start seeing Christmas displays up at Hobby Lobby and Walmart. It always feels too early, but I guess it's because I don't plan that far in advance. This article makes me want to be a holiday planner this year, or at least more so. It's a game plan for a stress-free (or, reduced stress) holiday season. Sounds pretty good, right?
The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is to start your preparations well in advance. Although reminders about holiday shopping seem to arrive earlier each year, the lack of an actual plan can mean little gets done until the last few stressful weeks.
To make your holidays merrier—and less stressful—here’s a master plan:
Once life gets back on track after the summer vacation, start to make some lists. Who will you send cards to? Who are you buying gifts for? Ask family members where they plan to be for the holidays. This time also offers a great opportunity to browse through the stores that you’ve always meant to visit.---[more]---