Yes, I said Christmas. Yes, yes, I’m talking to you about planning for Christmas in the summer. Stop shaking your head. Look, I’ll be honest, I’m one of those sickening people who buys Christmas wrapping paper in January. I like to be super organised about Christmas so that I can forget about it for the week or so that it is here (my birthday is just before Christmas too and I do not want to be knee deep in Christmas wrapping on that day) and really enjoy myself. I’ve been asked a few times over the years how I plan for Christmas and if it takes the fun out of the season to prepare throughout the year. In all honesty, I shop throughout the year to spread the cost and hassle, I’ve been known to have melt downs, which have seen me lying on a supermarket floor kicking my legs it the air, when under pressure. Whilst having a mooch around the Christmas markets, mulled wine in hand, in December is lovely – dashing around the high street or an overheated shopping centre at any point after Hallowe’en is my idea of living hell. I don’t really like people and I’m especially disinclined towards them when I’m in a hot shopping centre and people are grabbing for that year’s must have children’s Christmas gift. No, no, no! Just plain no.
So there you have it, my number one groundbreaking *ahem* Christmas prep tip is to buy your gifts throughout the year so you don’t lose an entire salary payment on Christmas. The key to buying a stack of gifts in advance is to stay organised. I keep both an Excel spreadsheet and a well hidden paper list. Each person I have to buy for is listed. Next to each name I have a list of gift ideas or links and also a list of what I’ve bought or made for each person. Each gift is numbered. I wrap each gift as and when I get it (I do keep a few small stocking fillers to wrap nearer the time because it fills me with a Christmassy feeling to wrap gifts in front of On the label I write a number in pencil, which then goes on to the Excel sheet, so I know what each gift is without giving it away to nosy eyes, which means gifts don’t get duplicated and I stay sane. I know it might sound silly to start discussing Christmas now and a lot of you will be rolling your eyes but I like an easy life. I like to enjoy Christmas knowing that everything is sorted, calm and easy.