I used to dread Christmas -- the fuss, the bills, the planning--but then I found a way to make all that easier.
I started what I call my Christmas box. In it I have the cards I received from the year before, thank you's, stamps, extra envelopes, a few gift cards in envelopes, a pen and a book to take notes in. The box I picked is attractive so when I have it out all season it is pretty as well as functional.
The book I keep in my box is a blank hard backed book and it helps me to stay organized and have a record to look back on in following years. I put tabs along the side to earmark the year. The first pages under each year are a record of all the presents I purchase and the prices I paid for the items. This way I have a budget for the following year and I can keep from duplicating gifts. I can divide the total by number of paychecks in the year and save a certain amount each month. By Christmas time I can pay for the items I want and don't have to dread the January bills!
On the next pages I write out a list of individuals I send Christmas cards to. This way I remember all my friends and I know how many cards to purchase for the present year. I go through all the cards I received the previous year to again enjoy any messages I received.
I display my cards in various ways but the most recent is to hang them in my living room from a ribboned streamer. This way I can enjoy them and think of all my loved ones through the season.
It's never too early or too late to start planning for Christmas. Happy Holidays Friends!!