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4 Tips for getting ready for the Holidays

Thursday, December 7, 2017

In just a couple of weeks sleigh bells will be a-ringing' and we will be roasting chestnuts on an open fire! If you are like me your tree was probably up from the 1st day in November --what can I say I love the holidays! I think of myself as a professional Holiday enthusiast and made getting ready for the holidays an art form.

If you want to know how I get ready for the Holidays, just keep reading.


THE TREE


The Christmas tree dates all the way back to the 16th Century in Germany when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. They would decorate the branches with wood and candles -- that tradition somehow trickled down to us and became more commercialized. With that being said, the Christmas Tree is the ultimate sign of Christmas and without it, it's almost like there is no true Christmas. The first thing I consider when getting ready for Christmas is the Tree! My Tree of choice is the fake green tree as it's easier to take care of and store throughout the years. If a real live tree is more your thing, decide on the type you want to get (as there are so many) and be sure to get it early! If you wait too late you might just end up with a sad Charlie Brown looking Tree.😄😄


THE DECORATIONS



Who buys a Christmas Tree and no decorations? No one! Decorations are literally the icing on the cake for your Christmas Tree. I like to have a theme each year usually guided by Pinterest and purchase those specific decorations. If my theme is blue, I'll only purchase blue decorations.
TIP: ALWAYS TAKE INVENTORY OF WHAT YOU HAVE SO YOU DON'T BUY THE SAME THINGS.


THE DINNER


The highlight of the holidays is of course Christmas Dinner-- this magical feast brings together families and friends all over the world as food is an international unspoken language. This could become overwhelming and expensive if not planned correctly. In my household, we split the tasks and each guest brings a specific dish; it is so much easier and the expense is shared rather strained. Please do this as early as after Thanksgiving so it's not a surprise to the people you invited, remember they will have their own expenses this season and will want to plan ahead. Another option is to have the dinner catered and have everyone contribute some $$$.


ALL ABOUT THE OUTFITS


This is a Lifestyle Blog after-all and we had to include fashion somehow! The Christmas outfit should be a staple item in your holiday wardrobe and should not only be Fashionable but functional. This is the outfit you will wear on Christmas day for Christmas dinner and it is usually the same one you will take pictures in with all your family and friends. My go-to outfit is either a Red Dress or a Red sweater top and denim. Decide on what works for you and wear it with confidence!

Rounding off this list is your Bank Account-- Ladies and gents, never, ever spend more than you have in your bank account credit card or not! One thing I do is start saving for the holidays from the middle of the year; I save a specific amount each month to a special holiday account and spend only that during the holidays. You can easily get caught up in the festivities and go overboard with the spending but no one wants to go into the new year broke. Please spend wisely.

How are you getting ready for the Holidays?



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