Christmas, Planning

Things to do in May

Not sure what to do in May? Give these ideas a go:

  • Take advantage of the off-Christmas season to go through your craft supplies.
  • Throw out/donate any unwanted items and determine what items you need to replace or purchase
  • Think about future craft projects you may wish to try
  • Review ideas in your Christmas books and magazines
  • Check out local craft suppliers. You can often pick up cheap Christmas items this time of year.
Christmas, Easter, Planning, Things to do in April

Things to do in April

Depending on when Easter is scheduled in the year, April is often spent on Easter things rather than thinking about Christmas at all. So what are you likely to be doing in April”

  • Decorate for Easter
  • Stock up on craft supplies in the post-Easter sales
  • Sort through and tidy craft supplies
  • Make jams and preserves using end of season fruit and vegetables
  • Decorate preserve jars
  • Pack up Easter decorations
Christmas, Easter, Planning, Things to do in March

Things to do in March

March is all about Easter, so unless you are an all-year-round Christmas crafter, most of your attention will be on the Easter holiday.  So what should you be doing?

  • Make sure that all Christmas left overs are eaten or thrown out
  • Buy Easter eggs and sweets
  • Complete Easter crafts
  • Plan Easter functions
  • Do your Easter baking
Christmas, Planning, Things to do in February

Things to do in February

February isn’t exactly a Christmassy month, and quite frankly, thoughts of Christmas are far from my mind. If you are keen on doing something for the next season, then we recommend the following:

  • Pick up cards, ribbon, wrapping and “non-fashion” item gifts in the post Christmas clearance sales.
  • Sort through your gift/present box, keep wanted items, and donate the rest to charity
  • Make any post-Christmas follow up phone calls and send emails and letters.
Christmas Hampers, Planning

TV Christmas Hampers

Should I order one of those Christmas Hamper deals I see advertised in magazines and on TV?

Are you one of those people who always seems to be short of cash at Christmas? Then maybe you would benefit from signing up with one of those companies which provide food hampers (and drink and gift hampers).  The companies involved offer a range of products on a lay-by type arrangement, where a person pays a set amount every week and receives a specific type of hamper in early December.


  • If you are on a pension or a low income and are not great at saving, this is a nice way of ensuring that you are well stocked at Christmas without having to worry about a large one off outlay.
  • The items are delivered to your door.
  • You can get meat, frozen vegetables, sweets, alcohol and even presents.
  • You know exactly what you are getting and can plan your Christmas meals around what you have.
  • It is always nice to receive a large parcel (of stuff you want) in the mail.  It is like getting a present.


  • It is actually a lot cheaper to buy all the items yourself.
  • You may get a number of items you don’t particularly want, or may not know how to prepare.
  • You are committed to buying the hamper when you sign up (Not sure on individual company refund policies – but you would be well advised to read the fine print before signing up).
  • Not for those who like personally selecting the items for Christmas

Download this fact sheet here: Lay-by Xmas Hampers