We don’t want to alarm anyone – but it’s five weeks until Christmas…

With the shopping centres decked out for the silly season and Christmas carols on repeat from November 1 it can be hard to grasp how much time we have to prepare for Christmas.

In the lead up to Christmas haven had a chat with The Organised Housewife about all things Christmas.

According to Kat Springer, otherwise known as The Organised Housewife, it’s not to early too start planning for Christmas.

“Christmas doesn’t need to be extravagant and the main joy is coming together as a family,” Kat says.

When looking to minimise stress and maximise the fun Kat’s biggest tip is to plan ahead and not leave everything to the last minute.

“Plan ahead writing out a check list of everything you want to achieve during the Christmas period as it’s hard to remember everything,” Kat says. “Checklists such as: who to buy gifts for, who to write cards to and what to serve on Christmas Day.”

Beyond the meals, presents and festivities, it’s important not to forget the sense of gratitude and the gift of giving. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about.

haven’s top 6 Christmas Check list tips:
  1. School gifts. Teacher, coach, tutor, school friends – shopping for your gifts should be on this week’s ‘to do’ list – get it done!
  2. Make your present list. Who are you buying for, what’s your budget, where do you have to shop, When will you shop (diarise it)?
  3. Christmas Day plans? Who are you going to hang with, where will you celebrate? Book a table if you’re dining out, or pick who’s house you’ll spend lunch at. The details can come later…
  4. Make a reward chart. If there’s ever a time of year we, as parents, can get the best out of our children – it’s now. Santa IS watching.
  5. Decorate. Pick your Christmas playlist, dust of the baubles and make a shopping list for any new treasures that will light up your Christmas nights.
  6. Get festive with Christmas Carols. Book a date with your family or friends (here’s our highlight reel of local Carols this year)

Kat says we must not forget to teach our kids about the gift of giving, to be thankful for what they receive and encourage them to join us in the kitchen to create wonderful memories.

“I enjoy all the extended family all coming together, sitting around eating and drinking all day with a card game or two,” Kat says.

The Organised Housewife is offering her Christmas planner filled with everything you need to plan and organise Christmas. The premium package is $39.95 and the planner will help you organise every facet of Christmas from meal planning to budgeting and buying a gift for everyone.

Visit www.theorganisedhousewife.com.au/the-organised-christmas



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