We’re in week five of Your Most Organized Holiday Season ever with only 16 days until Christmas!
[Click here to see previous Organized Holiday posts.]
This week’s Organized Christmas steps:
Mail Your Christmas Cards and Packages
If you’re sending cards and/or packages to friends and family now is the time to get them in the mail. You want to avoid the last minute rush when hundreds of other people are standing in line at the post office and you want to make sure that your packages arrive on time.
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The second step for this week is to add the finishing touches to your decorating. We keep things very simple by skipping the tree and decorating a couple of focal points around the house. Click here to see what our house looked like last year. I will be posting this year’s decor later this week.
You can see more Simple and Frugal Christmas Decor ideas here, and see my Christmas Decor – The Easy Way Pinterest Board here.
Work on DIY Gifts
If you’re making any of your gifts this year this is the week to finalize your plans, buy your supplies and start working if you haven’t yet.
Click here for my simple Trail Mix Bark Recipe (pictured above).
Click here for instructions for my Candy Cane Bath Salts with free printable labels.
Click here for my Hot Cocoa Gift Basket instructions and recipes.
Check out my DIY Gifts on a Budget Pinterest Board for more ideas and follow me on Pinterest here to see the new items I add each week!
I have more budget-friendly gift ideas in my Stress Free Holidays e-book including the Gourmet Popcorn Recipe pictured above.
Click here to see what’s inside!
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I was wondering why you skip putting up a Christmas tree? How do your kids feel about it? I have done some simple Christmas decorating this year. Due to flooding and construction in our basement, our tree is hard to get at. I would like to skip the tree this year. I’m afraid our children would be very disappointed though.
The Peaceful Mom says
Hi Bonnie – We skipped the tree for the first time four years ago when we did not have the money to buy one. The kids understood that the budget was tight and decided that what they enjoyed about the tree was the lights so we placed lights in various locations around our house and they were happy. I enjoyed the freedom from having to take everything down and they agreed to continue the tradition. It is important to talk to your children about it but if you can’t make it happen this year don’t feel guilty about it.