Planning, Storage

Things to do: Make an inventory of your Xmas Decorations

I promise myself that I will do this every year when I pack down the Christmas decorations, and so far I never have. So come late November when I am trying to work out what I need to buy/replace/make I have to pull everything out and sift through the boxes.

Make yourself a simple list (you can even do a paper one if you wish). Mine is broken down by category – e.g. decorations by colour, number, material (fabric, glass etc.), shape and size, placemats by colour, shape and number. Believe me it is useful when you are trying to work out if you have place settings for 15 people

Christmas, Planning, Storage, Things to do in January

Things to do in January

January is about packing up Christmas

  • Carefully pack away decorations and the tree
  • Work out what cards you may want to keep and which will be recycled
  • Check all wrapping and boxes and keep what you can to use next time
  • Make a list of who sent you cards and presents to ensure that they are included on your list for next Christmas
  • Buy Christmas cards and paper – now on sale and usually at half price (Scottish heritage issue).
  • Discard any old, unwanted or broken decorations,ornaments, trees etc.
  • Serviceable unwanted decorations may be suitable for donations to charities.
  • Check all remaining left overs and throw out anything which has not been appropriately wrapped and stored or placed in the freezer.
  • Check that all items in the freezer are dated and labeled
Santa Tracker

Christmas Eve – nearly there

Last minutes things to do before the big day arrives!

  • Put out milk and cookies for Santa
  • Set presents around the tree
  • Get food ready for tomorrow.  Prepare stuffing, glaze ham, prepare salads/veg which will keep overnight.
  • Set table
  • Make sure that any Christmas music you want is accessible and cued up
  • Do a last look around your place to make sure it’s ready to go
  • Read “The Night Before Christmas”
  • Clean toilets and ensure that there is enough loo paper (this really does need doing)
  • Pour yourself a very large drink and sit down

Don’t forget that you can track Santa’s progress around the world via Google:  Santa Tracker

CONGRATULATIONS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!