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December To-Do List

This month is officially December. Welp, winter has here, ready or not. The holidays are approaching, so it's time to start decking the halls, stocking the fridge, and crossing names off your list. It's now appropriate to start planning and executing all the Advent and Christmas preparations you've been thinking about for weeks.

If your children are of school age, they are probably on winter break, and you will need to find them some enjoyable and secure ways to spend their time. In December, we usher in the holiday season, close out the year, and spend time with our loved ones.

It's the most delightful time of the year, but unfortunately, it only lasts for a short period. Staying on top of your organization and setting reasonable goals for yourself can help you to avoid the seasonal stresses that might otherwise overwhelm you. Here are some suggested activities to do in December to make the most of the festive season.

Create a spending plan.

Not the most exciting suggestion, but the end of the year (and the beginning of the next) is a great time to take stock of one's financial situation and make plans for the future. Discuss your spending, savings, budget, and 2018 objectives openly, whether you're looking for Number One or teaming up with a partner. To celebrate your success, pour yourself a glass of red wine and put on a marathon of Home Alone.

Make a menu for Christmas dinner.

It may seem strange to start thinking about Christmas dinner in the middle of summer, but having a plan in place now can make the upcoming holidays much less stressful. Plan the rest of the meal around the main course, including beverages, appetizers, and desserts. Now is also an excellent time to evaluate your current supply of dinnerware, serving pieces and silverware, and to make any necessary upgrades or additions.

Decorate your home for Christmas.

To become green, you should get your Christmas tree from a farm, nursery, or even a hardware shop. A property with an attractive wreath on the front entrance is a welcoming place to visit. Instead of purchasing something generic to put in your yard, if you have the time to do so, consider creating your own. If you're feeling very creative, you could make two and give one to a buddy as a Christmas present in November.

Prepare yourself to wrap gifts.

Set up a gift-wrapping station in a quiet corner of your home to quickly wrap presents as you purchase them during the holiday rush. This will save you time throughout the season as you won't have to look for the scissors, silver ribbon, or gift tags. To save room and yet have ready access to your gift-wrapping items, store them in wicker baskets in a closet or under a bed.

Together with your family, make a list of Christmas activities.

The days leading up to Christmas are equally as exciting as Christmas day itself. By including them in the process, we can all share in the anticipation, and by the end of the month, the kids will be just as giddy as I am about all the fun we'll have this December.