Easy Christmas Holiday Tips For Family Life

Arranging holiday greenery on table.

Easy Christmas holiday tips for organizing your family's holiday season. 

Sure, turkey leftovers may still be lingering in your fridge. But there's no escaping the reality just about everywhere else in your home and beyond: It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Ready or not.

Icicle lights have popped up on neighbors' rooftops seemingly overnight. Seasonal jingles and sentiments are suddenly everywhere.

It's enough to make even the most festive of souls feel Grinch-like. After all, merrymaking of the Christmas sort takes heaps of work - and time. Or does it?

With the holiday season fast approaching, I've crafted a practical week-by-week guide to help you stay on top of it all before Santa's arrival.

This guide is filled with helpful holiday tips , designed to make the weeks ahead a joy for you and your loved ones, showing that holiday organization is not only possible but also manageable. 

Easy Christmas Holiday Tips by Week

Week One. (Nov. 27 - Dec. 3)

  • Easy Christmas holiday tips for making your home festive. Add a few holiday throw pillows; affix a strand or three of white lights, garland, or ornaments up and down the interior banister; get down that box of decorations, and you're on your way.
  • Rearrange the living room to make space for the tree. Then, make plans for the family to pick and decorate the tree. Together. Consider a celebratory dinner following the Christmas creation.
  • Plan to finish up most of your Christmas shopping this week, so you'll have time to enjoy the holidays without rushing around - or paying last-minute gift prices.
  • Print your Christmas card list. Add, change, or delete addresses as needed. If you don't have those addresses on a computer labeling program, this is the year to set aside the time to do it.

Week Two. (Dec. 4 - 10)

  • Take the kids' holiday pictures if you'll include a photo with your family card this year. Have them developed. Make your copies onto photo paper using your home printer. Trim with pinking shears or create an unusual trim of your own.
Woman wrapping holiday presents.
  • Make sure your party clothes are clean. If you can wash them, these luxury clothes care tips can help you safely remove stains.
  • Wrap creatively - you'll both conserve and create a memorable, personal gift. Consider using the kids' artwork for wrap, or make your own from inexpensive butcher-type paper. Buy a few large holiday stamps and some red, green, gold, and silver paint, and allow the kids to stamp on their decorations. Let dry overnight.
  • Finalize holiday travel plans.
  • If the gathering's at your home, ensure your guest room is entertaining-ready. If the guest room is your office or your child's room, plan now which area you'll clear out to make room for guests' clothes. 
  • Create a welcoming guest basket of creature comforts: clove or other scented seasonal soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, bath salts or bubbles, a travel alarm clock, and any other necessities your guests may need.

Week Three. (Dec. 11 - 17)

  • Make your holiday baking list. Check it twice. Then head to the stores.
  • Menu planning - for Christmas Eve.

Week Four. (Dec. 18 - 25)

  • Christmas holiday tips streamlining the days before Christmas: Plan a breakfast menu for Christmas.
  • Wrap stocking gifts.

Have a wonderful holiday season! 


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