A Christmas preparation checklist can be a good way to be sure you get everything done for the holiday season. Do you tend to forget things or get stuck last minute putting things together or going shopping? Are you tired of thinking up new activities for the kids to do? Avoid the last-minute hassles by putting together a Christmas preparation checklist for parents.
The Christmas Preparation Checklist for Parents
Your main checklist may have secondary lists, so it’s good to keep these in a notebook or folder. You can put numbers or letters by certain items to refer you to associated pages in your book.
The Main Christmas Preparation Checklist for Parents
You want your main checklist to include the basics of what needs to be done. These include what gifts you will buy and for whom, decorations, shopping, and activities that involve the kids. Following are other items to include in your checklist.
The Recipient Lists
You will need to make two recipient lists, one for Christmas cards and one for presents. By each name on the gift list, write what item(s) you would like to buy, or how much you are willing to spend. Be sure to include teachers and other people you normally purchase gifts for. Then take your notebook with you every time you go out so you can find the best sales for the items on your list.
Preparing to Set Up Your Christmas Display
Be sure to purchase any needed decorations before the day you plan to set up your holiday display. You can also let the kids make ornaments as a good activity. This writer’s article on Simple Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids1 can give you some ideas for kids to make their own ornaments for cheap.
Setting Up Your Christmas Display
On your checklist, decide on the day you will decorate your home for the holidays. Write activities in order the best you can. This will help you be sure to get everything done. For some ways to let your kids help, read this writer’s article on How to Include Your Kids in Christmas Decorating2. Not only will the kids have fun, but it will keep them busy so you can get your home decorated.
Your main preparation checklist should have a list of people you will send cards to this year. Be sure to purchase enough cards for late additions to your list. Have a day set when you will sign, address and mail Christmas cards. The kids can even help by signing or printing their own names in the cards.
Since you have been taking your gift list with you wherever you go, you should have the majority of the presents purchased by the day(s) you set up for gift wrapping. Make it a family event. If kids are too young to wrap, let them place bows, ribbons or gift tags on the presents.
Depending on where you are having your Christmas dinner, preparations need to be made for you and the kids. Be sure to list all these on your checklist so you don’t forget anything.
Kids Activities During the Holidays
For an idea of some activities to do with the kids this holiday season, read Associated Content contributor, Jennifer Waite’s article on Cheap Family Fun: Christmas Activities for Kids3.
Time Off and Stress Reduction
Be sure to include time for yourself on your checklist for winding down and reducing stress. Many people don’t take time to relax, and it’s especially important during the busy holiday season. Schedule relaxation into your schedule and keep it like you would any other appointment.
A Christmas Preparation Checklist for Parents Can Help You Reduce Stress and Accomplish Much
By using a Christmas preparation checklist, you are less likely to forget something, and you can plan purchases and events around your budget. These are only some basic ideas, you will want to add some ideas of your own depending on your family’s needs for a Christmas preparation checklist for parents.
1) Jolynne M Hudnell; Simple Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids; Associated Content
2) Jolynne M Hudnell; How to Include Your Kids in Christmas Decorating; Associated Content
3) Jennifer Waite; Cheap Family Fun: Christmas Activities for Kids; Associated Content