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December-To-Do List

Friday, December 04, 2015

So much to do and so little time - sounds a lot like Christmas is coming. At Christmas, we want to spend quality time with our family and friends, and we want this time to be festive and special. Being stressed, doesn't usually make for a merry occasion. Perhaps some of these ideas can help you to be ready, organized and less stressed when 25th December finally arrives!

Here is a December-To-Do List we have compiled to help you get ready for Christmas:

* Buy and post all Christmas cards.

* Send presents to friends and family interstate and overseas. Don’t forget to check Australia Post’s postage deadlines.

* Confirm all travel arrangements for relatives and other guests or even your own, if travelling for Christmas.

* Make a list (and check it twice, of course) of all Christmas gifts.

* Put up the Christmas tree and decorations.

* Plan your Christmas meal requirements.

* Consider cooking and freezing some meals in advance.

* Purchase a few small gifts, such as wine or chocolates, for unexpected visitors who come bearing gifts.

* Christmas predictably leads to overloaded cupboards, fridges and freezers, so make sure you give them a good clean-out at least a couple of weeks in advance.

* Sharpen knives including the carving knife well in advance. This makes all the chopping, peeling and carving so much easier.

*Double check your cutlery and glassware to ensure there is enough of everything.

* If you have small children your home is probably already full of toys, and they’ll probably get more toys for Christmas. Do a quick clean out of old toys now and save yourself the torture of trying to put all those new toys away after Christmas by creating space now. This is also a wonderful opportunity to talk with your children about donating to others who are less fortunate, and being thankful for what they have.

* Here’s a great idea! Prepare children's gifts before wrapping them. Open up the box and remove all of the wire ties attached to the toy.  Makes for an easier opening on Christmas morning. Also, check to see if the toy needs batteries and that any batteries it has work. After you've removed the wire ties and made sure that the toy has working batteries, place it back in the box and wrap it. 

Christmas is a time of true happiness, sharing good times with family and friends and creating memories that last a lifetime. You can reduce the stress and worry during the lead up to Christmas by planning and preparing ahead. Make your own December-To-Do List today!