Have you ever noticed that the hobby stores start to put out Christmas stuff in July? I mean, I’m just starting to get into the pool for relaxing evenings of swimming and playing with the family. Then, what do you know, I go walking into some hobby store and am reminded that Thanksgiving is only 4 months away and Christmas right behind. It used to drive me crazy when I saw this. But now I realize why they do it. In order to finish homemade gifts before Christmas, now is the time to start working on them. Start to plan homemade gifts now!
No longer does this seemingly early invasion of Christmas into my summer shopping make me crazy. I have a plan in place that helps me stay calm. Then, when Christmas hits me int he face at the hobby store, I am reminded that the holidays are right around the corner, I can check my list and rest assured, I know where I stand. I WILL have peace through the holidays! If I start planning my homemade gifts now, I might actually finish them. Maybe even finishing more gifts made than I had planned on. I might even finish by the end of November. Oh yes, what a blessing that would be for me and my whole family. Peace through the holidays!
Plan Homemade Gifts Now
August has started. It would be best if making homemade gifts were completed by the end of November so that the focus can be directed toward all the fun and games ahead from Thanksgiving to Christmas. If you have the gifts put away, you can watch Hallmark movies and curl up under a blanket with hot chocolate at the first sign of winter weather without the stressful feeling that you must be working on something. So plan homemade gifts now. Relax with your family later.
Here are Five Steps to get You Started
- Write a list of everyone you want to give gifts, then write down what you want to make and who you want to give them to.
- Prioritize the most important ones first so that if life happens and things don’t go the way you had planned, you will be able to complete the most important ones.
- After writing a list of projects that need to be completed, you then shop for the supplies you need to complete the projects.
- Find a place to keep all of the items together so that when you have time, you don’t have to hunt anything.
- Carve out time each day/week to work on these projects. If you need to, add it to your calendar so that when people ask you can honestly say I have something scheduled at that time.
Reaping the Rewards
Planning now for the holidays, getting organized early and working little by little will have benefits as November quickly makes it’s way around the corner. The first benefit is the amount of time you will be spending crafting, relaxing doing what you enjoy. For some of us, doing this kind of crafty gift can be very fulfilling and stress reducing. You can even involve the family; hubby and the kids. Make a night of it, make popcorn and some finger foods. Gather the supplies and set a time. Play Christmas music, even in August!
The next benefit, a sense of accomplishment during a time when stress runs high. When others are stressing and beginning to make lists for gifts and wishing that they had started on homemade gifts months ago, with great assurance you sit back and know that yours are nicely packed away, ready for your loved ones. And lastly, there will be time to spend with your family going to parties, making cookies, and playing games. You will have created peace for your family. And now there will be peace through the holiday season.
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