Now that we are in the ‘ber months, it’s the time to start cleaning out your decorations. Go through what you have for Halloween, Christmas, and Thanksgiving, and make sure that everything works, anything that’s broken gets thrown out and anything you haven’t used in a couple of years can get donated. This way, you are making sure that you aren’t holding on to something that won’t work anyway, and you’re getting a headstart on cleaning and organizing your garage storage space.
It’s officially a New Year, as much as it saddens me, now is time to get rid of the Christmas tree, and pack up the Christmas decorations.
It’s almost a New Year, you got new stuff for Christmas, purge what you don’t need. Go through closets, clothing, the garage, the attic, donate anything that’s in good condition, but doesn’t fit or isn’t used. Start the new year fresh.
Take 5-10 minutes, and clean up your office space or desk. You’ll feel like you’re starting the new year fresh, and it’ll help ease you back into working after the holidays.
For many, the day after Christmas looks like a tornado whipped through the house, with wrapping paper and ribbons everywhere, so start cleaning up first thing in the morning. Get rid of all the garbage, minimize the leftovers, and start getting your house back into order.
Take time and really notice the moments, as these will become memories you will cherish for years to come. Merry Christmas!
Load up your car, and set out to give all your friends their Christmas gifts in one go around. This will make it super easy for you to see people, and give them their gifts or baked goods.
Spend time with someone who’s family is out of town or who doesn’t have family at all. They need a surrogate family during this time especially, but this is a good one for all times of the year too. Invite them out or over for a meal or take time to join them for an adventure.
You know what can really complicate the holidays? No, it’s not your Aunt Susan after one too many glasses of wine who starts complaining about anything and everything. It’s starting a relationship right before the holidays, and trying to figure out how to navigate this tricky time.
For most people who are in committed relationships and have been for some time, it’s pretty easy to figure out how the holidays go. You either alternate years or you alternate days that you see each other’s family. This way, no one gets left out, and you both fulfill your obligations to see one another. But what if, you just started seeing someone in October? Or November? It’s much too soon to meet the parents or start alternating who gets Christmas or Christmas Eve, so that makes things a little more complicated.
This can be a bit of a tricky situation, because obviously you two want to spend time together, but you may not want to subject them to the kind of crazy that is your family -just remember, we all have crazy family members, not much we can do about it 🙂 However, there is a very simple, and easy remedy to this situation.
Depending on your family, you may only see everyone on Christmas, which leaves Christmas Eve for a romantic stroll through the park or going ice skating or even wandering around looking at Christmas lights, whatever suits you two as a couple. This way, you still get to spend time with your significant other, but you don’t have to worry about the meet the parents. If you have a family that generally takes both days to celebrate, that’s me, then it can be a little harder to figure out. Generally, I have the morning to myself on Christmas Eve, but if you’re doing last minute Christmas present wrapping or shopping, then those hours are blocked off. That’s where the day before or the day after Christmas come in. Since most people get that day off, or are taking vacation for it, you can easily squeeze in some time with your SO.
Just try to remember not to put so much pressure on yourself for this. Yes, it’s Christmas, but if you’re in a new relationship, make sure to take things slow, and take your time. There’s no need to rush things, and you can always start new Christmas traditions next year.
Whether you’ve changed up your color scheme or just aren’t using certain ornaments or decorations anymore, donate them. If they’re in good shape, give to those less fortunate, and help them have the decorations for Christmas.