Welcome to the first of my monthly idea lists. There is a different idea for every day of the month and then at the end of each month, a new list will be posted. You are welcome to follow the list to the letter, or you can just pick and choose the ideas that you like and find useful. This month focuses on Christmas, but if you celebrate something different you can always apply the idea’s to your own holiday and adjust them accordingly. I would love to hear what you think of this and if you find it helpful so please let me know.
December 1st – Go for a family walk and take some time out together before the madness of Christmas begins.
December 2nd – Clean all your remote controls today as these are often forgotten when cleaning and can get quite messy!
December 3rd – Plan your Christmas menu and shopping lists if you haven’t already as the more you prepare in advance the smoother your Christmas will be.
December 4th – More list making today! Write a list of everything you still need to do or buy before the big day and then start adding them to your ‘to do’ lists as there are only 3 weeks left until Christmas day.
December 5th – Treat yourself to a nice long soak in the bath with a face pack and some candles to reflect and unwind – go on, you deserve it!
December 6th – Treat the kids to a hot chocolate or warm milk and some cookies when they get home from school today. No children? Treat yourself instead!
December 7th – Run around the house with a cloth to clean all your light switches today, you will be amazed how dirty they can get, but please be very careful as water and electric DO NOT mix!
December 8th – Watch a Christmas movie today to get your household feeling festive.
December 9th – Take a look at your garden and do a quick tidy up removing any leaves that have made there way to your garden along with any rubbish that may have blown in and give your paths a sweep.
December 10th – Do something nice for a neighbour or someone less fortunate than you to spread some holiday cheer.
December 11th – Decide on what you and your family will be wearing on Christmas day and make sure that you know where everything is and that everything is clean, ironed etc. so that there will be no stress or tears on Christmas morning. If you have brought or will be buying new clothing for Christmas day make sure that you try it on ahead of time as there is nothing worse then finding out on the day that your dress is too small or your trousers are too long!
December 12th – Less than 2 weeks until Christmas – how are you doing? Spend some time today going through your lists and seeing where you are in your preparations for Christmas.
December 13th – Make a Christmas first aid kit and add any needed items to this weeks shopping list. Not sure what to put in your kit? I will be posting a suggestion list in time for this task.
December 14th – Check your candle, incense or air freshener supplies to see if you have any festive scents and if you do not, make sure and add them to your shopping list. In my opinion, there is nothing nicer than walking into a home that smells like Christmas.
December 15th – Do some Christmas baking today and get the whole household involved.
December 16th – Give yourself a treat today like soaking your feet in warm water and doing a home pedicure to soothe tired feet and get them looking good for strappy sandals at Christmas parties.
December 17th – Check that you have all your Christmas essentials in and that you know where they are, such as tin foil and batteries.
December 18th – One week until Christmas!!!
*Today is the last day to post letters and cards to UK addresses 2nd class.*
Check your lists and evaluate where you are in your preparations for the big day. If you are finding you have way too many items on your to-do list and not enough time to get them done, try making things easier on yourself and reducing your list as much as possible. Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect Christmas and it is far more important to your family and loved ones that you are happy and healthy and able to enjoy the festivities then if you make every meal from scratch or the house is sparkling clean to the point that no one dares to breathe in case they mess something up!
December 19th – Give your entryway and front door a quick clean to make sure that it is clean and welcoming for any Christmas guests.
December 20th – Go for a family walk or drive at night to view the Christmas decorations in your area.
*Today is the last day to post letters and cards to UK addresses 1st class*
December 21st – How are you doing with your present buying and gift wrapping? If you can, spend some time today to try and get most of it done if you haven’t already. Just think how nice it would be to not have to stay up until the early hours of Christmas morning wrapping pressies so that you can start Christmas day well rested.
December 22nd – Have a board game afternoon with your family to take some time out from technology and enjoy being together.
December 23rd – Spend some time doing any last minute tasks that still need to be done and any last minute cleaning jobs while listening to some festive music.
December 24th – Hopefully you have everything organised and you are free to enjoy today with your family, setting the mood for a relaxed, stress-free Christmas. Let go of any worries of things that you had wanted to do but did not have the time or money to actually do, as it is too late now so no use worrying. Instead, spend 30 minutes at most writing down some notes of those things that you didn’t get to do and then put the list in a file for late summer next year. That way you will have plenty of time to plan in and budget etc. for Christmas 2014. Once you have filed that paper away, forget about it and enjoy the lovely Christmas that you have worked so hard for.
December 25th – Happy Christmas! Big hugs and kisses from me to you and your family and I hope that you enjoy the day.
December 26th – If you have not already done so, make a note of what was given to you and your family and who it was from so that you can write thank you notes later before you forget who gave you what.
December 27th – Take a few moments today to reflect on the past few days and make some notes of what was special, anything that you would want to change etc. and any new traditions that you would like to continue and file it with your previous notes for late summer next year.
December 28th – Have you made plans for new years eve and new years day? If you are having a party make a few lists of what is still needed to buy and do and make sure that you plan your time over the next few days to get prepared. If you are staying home but not having a party, you could still plan a small tea party just for the household with some games and music and welcome the new year in together as a family.
December 29th – Give the house a quick clean as if you are anything like me and my family the house could really do with a tidy up after all the festivities. Set your timer on your phone or clock for 20 minutes in each room downstairs and your family bathroom and go mad for 20 minutes. Once that 20 minutes is up, you go to the next room and so on until you have done all of those areas. Will it be completely spotless? Of course not, but it will be enough to get you through to the new year as who wants to spend hours cleaning right now?
December 30th – Prepare for your new year celebrations.
December 31st – However you plan to spend today, enjoy it!