People are still enjoying the last days of summer and slowly adjusting to the upcoming autumn. And here I am already thinking of Christmas preparations. Friends think I’m crazy, but it’s never too early to plan for Christmas.

The Sooner, The Better

One can never be too early when it comes to Christmas preparations. I used to hate the thought of Christmas songs in the middle of summer, but while growing older I found early Halloween preparations to be more irritating. Before I even noticed it, I had started to dream of snowy winter nights and decorated Christmas trees while lying on the beach.

When I was younger and summer was almost over, I used to think of what would be my next Halloween costume. Now, my mind is preoccupied with Christmas preparations and how to decorate the Christmas tree this year. The sooner, the better. This gives you the chance to look in to every little detail and think ahead of all the things you need to do in order to make it THE Perfect Christmas. Not to mention that early Christmas preparations save you a lot of money, and panic. Here’s what you need to know about early Christmas preparations:

The Place

The first thing that pops in your mind when you hear “Christmas” should be family time. This means you get to see all of your relatives and spend some quality time together.

Most people overlook the details like the perfect place to spend Christmas. You need to have a clear idea whether you will spend the holiday at home as a host, at a relative’s house or maybe on a vacation. Recently, it’s become a trend to spend Christmas at a resort somewhere exotic. This spoils the whole holiday, but that’s my opinion. Decide where you want to be on Christmas and who you want to spend it with. This way you will have a chance to plan your trip or organise the perfect Christmas party at your home.

Make a List

Once you’ve decided where you want to be on Christmas, you can make your to-do list and the things you need. Next time you think of Christmas, grab a pen and write down what you want to do on Christmas, who you would invite, etc. This way you will have ideas when you actually get down to Christmas preparations. Don’t forget to include the Christmas tree in the list!

It’s Action Time

You know the place and you have a to-do list. It’s time to get into some to do some Christmas preparations.

Think of all the presents you need to buy for your family and friends. If you begin earlier, you won’t have to deal with the stress from Christmas shopping and also save money on deals. End of summer sales are the perfect place to find great Christmas presents, at reasonable prices. You can also take your friends out, and family too, and see do some window shopping. This is a great chance to see what they like and secretly buy it for them for Christmas.

Early planning gives you a head start when it comes to Christmas decorations. Sometimes when I like Christmas tree ornaments or light that are too expensive, I wait for the holidays to pass and buy them at sales. You can get lavish decorations at really cheap prices.

Another option is to make your own Christmas tree decorations. There are tons of ideas on the internet that are easy to make and won’t take a lot of your time. While you are at it, you can plan the Christmas decoration for both the interior and the exterior of you home. You can decide on the theme and colours and let the decoration spree start.

Don’t forget about the Christmas food. You have enough time to think about the perfect meal for this holiday. There’s plenty of time to experiment in the kitchen and find dishes that would suit the taste of all the guests.

The Christmas Tree

It won’t be a Christmas without a Christmas tree. It’s even better if you go with a real Christmas tree. You can have all of the Christmas decorations and light, but if you don’t have a tree, your holiday won’t be complete. It has the power to bring the Christmas spirit.

I always think about how to decorate the Christmas tree and where to put it in the house. It’s quite hard to decide on how big it should be, since it has to fit in the room you put it in.

Another thing you have to deal with when it comes to Christmas trees is where to get a real Christmas tree. There are several options you could try like going to nurseries or open markets. You can also find them at gardening centers, ready to be planted in your backyard after the holidays are over.

Since we live in a modern world, where you can find everything online, you can also buy a Christmas tree online. That’s right, online. You’d save a lot of time and you can get your Christmas tree without leaving your warm home. I browsed the web to check what the different companies have to offer and was blown away by how many Christmas tree companies are out there. Not to mention that one of my favourite gardening companies has a really good offer for the holidays and you can order real Christmas trees, and get free delivery and installation. You could also book decorating collection. Pretty convenient if you ask me.

Once you get your tree, you can decorate it the way you like, put all the presents beneath it, light the Christmas lights and sing all the carols you know. Just make sure it’s not the middle of the summer when you do all of this. Stick to the preparations and planning and to the actual thing when Christmas comes!

By : medium