Making a list and checking it twice isn’t only Santa’s job, parents need to be prepared too when it comes close to Christmas time. If you’re a parent, it’s especially important to make sure that you’re prepared for Christmas because your kids will expect you to make everything perfect for their Christmas. It can also be hard to plan for Christmas with the children underfoot so this article will give you a few tips on what you need to do for Christmas preparation.
Christmas Preparation Checklist for Parents #1: Make a List of What You Want to Buy & For Who
This year I did something a little different. Instead of simply writing who I wanted to buy presents for, I wrote names and what I wanted to buy. To simplify it, I did it in Microsoft Word and even included the link of what I wanted to get the person next to their name if I thought I’d be buying the present online. By making a list with presents that you’ll be buying, you won’t forget to purchase something. Just make sure that your kids won’t have a way of seeing your list.
Christmas Preparation Checklist for Parents #2: Buy Supplies in Advance
Make sure that you buy your tape, wrapping paper and any other holiday supplies in advance before Christmas. There is nothing more stressful then taking your children to the store with you amidst all the holiday crowds at the last minute, only to find that the store is out of half of the things on your list.
Christmas Preparation Checklist for Parents #3: Don’t Shop Above your Budget
It can be hard to keep within your budget during the holiday season so be sure that you work out your budget before doing your Christmas shopping. Even if you’re tempted to charge it all, don’t do it if you are going out of what you budgeted yourself to spend. Christmas shouldn’t be about going into debt, it’s about being with your loved ones.
Christmas Preparation Checklist for Parents #4: Print out Christmas Activities for the Kids
To help keep the kids out of your way for things they can’t help you with, print Christmas coloring pages and activities that will keep them busy for a short period of time. Make sure you have crayons and pencils on hand. There are several websites online that offer free printable Christmas activities for kids.
Christmas Preparation Checklist for Parents #5: Get Your Baking Done Early
There are several Christmas treats that can be cooked in advance. You can freeze cookie dough if you prepare the mix early and can bake the cookies a few days before Christmas. Cupcakes and cakes can also be frozen and will hold well if they are not decorated. Plus it is easier to decorate cakes and cupcakes when they are frozen because they are more firm and they will defrost normally.
Christmas Preparation Checklist for Parents #6: Schedule Breaks
It’s important to schedule breaks on your Christmas checklist because you don’t want to be completely stressed out and crazed by the time Christmas rolls around. Make sure that you take lots of breaks. Sit back with your feet up and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with a festive Christmas cookie or simply lean back and close your eyes.