My stress-free Christmas routine
My Christmas routine
It’s that time of year again! 2018 has flown by and I can’t believe it’s time to get ready for the holiday season. It has taken me many years to get into a solid holiday routine but it really has helped me stay organized over the years and not lose my mind. There is always so much to do and so many things that have to be done that it really can be hard to handle it all. I’m here to share my routine with you so that hopefully I can help you have a stress free holiday this year!
One of the biggest things that helps me get through the season with less stress is shopping throughout the year. I started Christmas shopping in the summertime because I know that once Halloween is over, the Christmas hustle and bustle will begin and I know that I just can’t keep up. There is so much more than just decorating a tree and opening presents. I also have to plan holiday activities for the family and trips to see our extended family. So the last thing I need on my mind is presents. I just finished wrapping some presents the other day and it feels SO good to be well prepared.
Now that we got that out of the way, here is my Christmas routine.
Plan activities: During the month of November is when I really plan out our December activities. It changes every year as my girls continue to grow and I am made aware of new things to do in our area. I like to make a bucket list of all the fun things we are going to do in December and put it on the fridge.
Read: Christmas Bucket List.
I like to Christmas shop and wrap presents all through November. I try to not have to purchase any gifts in December.
Get Christmas Cards: I purchase the Christmas cards that we will be sending out sometime in November. I usually purchase them from Hobby Lobby because they have adorable cards for great deals. I like to have these on hand so they are ready to send out early December.
Get our Christmas tree: We usually go to get our Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving. This is so that it gives the branches enough time to settle so we can decorate a couple days later.
Set up the girls Christmas tree: My girls have their own little pink Christmas tree in their bedroom. We let them put it up and decorate it sometime between the day after Thanksgiving and December 1st.
Take family photos for our Christmas cards. I like to have the Christmas cards sent out the first week of December. Otherwise I will just not send them at all. It is a lot of work to address and write all the cards so if it isn’t done at a reasonable time, I will get distracted with all the other things.
Decorate Christmas tree: We like to Decorate our Christmas tree on December 1st. I’m not the kind of person to have my tree decorated super early. I also like to have the tree taken down the day after Christmas because I don’t like it to just linger there. We always get a real tree so it will begin to die if we leave it too much longer after Christmas.
Christmas art projects with the kids: We love to make Christmas art to add to the Art wall at our house. I have been doing adorable art projects with the kids since they were babies, and it is so beautiful to see how much their art has changed over the years. I like to have it done in time for us to look at for the rest of the month because at the end of the month it comes down.
Decorate the kids room: Every Christmas, we go all out decorating the kids room. We put Christmas lights all around their ceiling, hang snowflakes from the ceiling, update the photos in their heart photo collage to Christmas photos, and whatever else we can think of to make it super festive.
Elf on the shelf arrives: OMG you guys. I have a love hate relationship with the elf on the shelf. I did it 2 years ago and my kids loved it. But then last year they picked up on the secret that she might be fake. So I told them the truth. They were disappointed but then they came to me the other day saying they want me to do the elf again this year! So it looks like I have a lot of work to do!
Read: Elf on the Shelf 101: My Elf and Elf on the shelfideas, tips, and everything you need to know.
Gingerbread houses: We LOVE making gingerbread houses. Sometimes we get the kit that comes with the mini house village, and sometimes we get one big house that we can all do together. Last year we got a super Mario one and it was just awesome to make!
Gingerbread cookie decorating party: My kids love this! I wrote a whole post about how to have a gingerbread cookie party. I have been doing it for 9 years now and I have learned lots of stuff over the years, so I have a ton of tips and tricks to share with you so you can have an awesome cookie decorating party!
Read: How to throw a Gingerbread cookie party
Wrap presents if there are any I missed: Sometimes there are a couple of presents that still need to be wrapped. So after the kids go to bed, I put on a movie or a podcast and wrap presents. It’s relaxing to me and I love seeing how excited the kids get when they see new presents under the tree in the morning.
Seeing Christmas lights: This is always such a fun activity! No matter how old I get, I love seeing Christmas lights and my kids do too! We have a light display not too far from my house so we bundle up and have a lovely time!
Christmas week! I like to spend this time cozied up in the house with the family, watching Christmas movies and drinking my delicious hot chocolate. My husband gets lots of time off work for Christmas so we have an awesome time hanging out together.
This is pretty much how I end up spending my December every year. I’m really looking forward to the holidays with my family and I hope you have an awesome holiday season as well.
Do you have a Christmas routine? Am I missing anything? Let me know in the comments!