Welp…here we are! 36 Days until Christmas! It seems crazy how fast 2018 has flown by. I distinctly remember it just being April. Where did all the time go? Nevertheless, Christmas is upon us and I try to get everything I can prepared ahead of time. Here are some tips and tricks to get you prepared for the holiday.
- Bread can be cut up and frozen to go ahead and prepare for dressing. Same goes for cornbread, if you like cornbread dressing.
- Vegetables can be chopped and frozen as well. If you are worried about the smell of the onions permeating your fridge and freezer…(this works for all your vegetables) you can place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and cover the pan with aluminum foil and freeze for a few hours or overnight and them place them in a freezer ziploc (or you can buy the store bought chopped frozen onions). This prevents the onions/vegetables from sticking together and the aluminum foil will block the smell until they’re completely frozen and ready for transfer.
- Dumplings can be made ahead of time too! Just follow the recipe I put in our Favorite Holiday Recipes post and then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and cover the pan with aluminum foil and freeze for a few hours until firm, and them place them in a freezer ziploc. Get them out on the day before you intend to use them and let them thaw in the fridge.
- Pies/pie crusts can be made ahead of time and frozen as well.
- You can wash all your tablecloths ahead of time and store them with a couple of dryer sheets. Doing this will help your tablecloths stay fresh until you need them.
- Go ahead and do your deep cleaning. This will help you out tremendously before you start to get your Christmas stuff out!
- Refill your salt and pepper shakers.
- Organize your pantry and take stock of what you have and what you need to get. I recommend getting what you need now so you’re not out when the stores get crazy!
- Take this time to deep clean your rugs and wash your curtains! I try to wash my curtains twice a year. Once before Thanksgiving/Christmas and then once at the end of summer.
- Buy some face masks and bath bombs and be sure to use them as you need to! Stressing out over everything doesn’t do anyone any good. It just runs you down and then you’re more prone to getting sick and you definitely don’t want that to happen!
- Watch that show you’ve been meaning to catch up on.
- Unplug. Turn off all electronics and read a book, or just relax.
- Decorate room by room. Don’t just drag everything out at once. Getting everything out at once can causes my anxiety to shoot through the roof. Especially if I’ve just cleaned the house and now it’s in chaos. Decorating room by room saves that anxiety and it also helps with staying organized.
- Put any decor that you are having to take down in the totes that you got your christmas decorations out of so that you know exactly where everything is when you have to take your Christmas stuff down.