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.
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
Christmas, Five weeks until Christmas, Planning, Things to do

Five weeks until Christmas! Things to do.

  • Finalise Christmas day invitation
  • Stock up on party supplies (serviettes, toothpicks, disposable plates etc.)
  • Stock on Xmas pantry items
  • Check food orders (place them as needed)
  • Check that you have sufficient room/tables/seating for Xmas parties
  • Buy wrapping paper, ribbons, embellishments and cards
  • Finalise craft items and present making
  • Take out Christmas decorations and decide what you want to use
  • Test Christmas lights and replace bulbs
  •  Buy additional decorations
  • Donate unwanted items to charity