Prepare for Christmas in October: 5 Tips

Believe in Magic card

In 2020, it’s more important than ever to prepare for Christmas in October. Inspired by our friends at Paper Source, here are 5 get-ready tips to help you avoid the rush and enjoy a stress-free holiday season.

Discuss & Budget

Now’s the time to think through the entire season, from Halloween to New Year’s Day. Which holidays are most important to you and yours? Will you focus on decorating, baked goods or gifting? Shipping this season may take longer than usual, so keep order- and send-by dates always in mind.

Moon and stars mug from Paper Source

1 Hold a family discussion about the 2020 holiday season. In what ways can it be the same as usual? In what ways will you need to adapt? How can you make new traditions and enjoy special moments? Chat with your household around the coffee table, and with your extended family and friends via email or online chat.

2 Making holiday preparations in October should include a holiday budget, including spending amounts for food, gifts, decorations and celebrations. This can help make shopping decisions easier. October is also a great time to get started on homemade gifts and crafts. Check out social media for creative DIY ideas and set a realistic timeline for completing these extra-special (and often very affordable) projects. Find free, simple knit and crochet patterns here. And return to The Find (our blog) in the coming weeks for video tutorials on making Graphic Tee Tote Bags (10/21) and Sock Wine Gift Bags and Sock Mug Cozies (11/10), plus our not-to-be-missed special on Holiday Cocktails and Mocktails (12/14).

family in matching holiday pajamas

3 Select outfits for your holiday photo or celebrations. Do you enjoy coordinating colors or prints? Are dressy looks or matching pajamas more your style? Have you tucked anything away from last year? Check your closets before you start shopping – you may only need a few accessories or something for a new family member to complete that photo-ready wardrobe.

Early Ordering Tips to Prepare for Christmas in October

4 Update your address book for snail-mail and email addresses — and phone numbers, too. If you’re planning any virtual gatherings, reach out to family members to align time zones and technology comfort levels.

5 When you start holiday preparations in October, you have the time to think about color schemes, themes and home decorating details. Order holiday cards and wrapping paper to perfectly suit your style. And stock up on little gifts, like journals and holiday hand towels, for teachers, neighbors and friends.

In the mood for some Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts? Find pumpkin painting tips and fall decorating ideas here.

New Traditions Tip

START A FAMILY GIVING BOX

Place a box or basket in a convenient spot in your home.

Encourage all family members to fill your “Giving Box” with gently used toys, clothes and books to pass along to those in need in December.