Six Months Until Christmas
As we calm down from the Fourth of July festivities, a new thought begins to loom in my brain. I can already hear it in my head, "Six months until Christmas." Just what you wanted to hear, right?
Well, the frugal woman in me has to think early. In fact, I am sometimes the crazy lady ripping apart the Christmas displays the day after Christmas. I am always trying to outdo myself from the years before, but not in the way most people do. No, I am always trying to lower my budget, each year meticulously charting how we are doing and trying to make the gifts a little more memorable while spending a little less.
What am I planning on doing and making this year?
Working on our Christmas Countdown- This requires me to have an eye out each time I am thrift shopping to look for books to complete our countdown to Christmas. I stash these away for the big unveiling in December.
Recipe Research- Each year we do a box of goodies for the most special people in our life and I like to start looking through my recipes and put together one or two new recipes to make these little treat boxes shine. I did get the boxes and ribbon on clearance at the end of season, but I will still need to plan what is inside. I also look for recipes for hostess gifts and dishes that can be taken to all of the family functions.
Photo Gifts- I do a photo album for the grandparents each year and I have already started compiling the pictures to include. I started a little file on the computer and have been dumping pictures into that when I get some really good shots of the kids. I think I may make a photo DVD this year to send to them and set it to music.
Handmade Goodies- I have been knitting up a storm for birthdays so I am going to try to put together a few knitted goodies away for hostess gifts and teacher gifts this year. My husband is worried that I am going to only hand out scarves this year, but I think I am a little more inventive than that.
Passionate about having a handmade Christmas this year? Why not sign a commitment that you will only buy handmade and support the efforts of all of those amazing craftsters out there?
Do you start early with your Christmas shopping and crafting? What are some projects you are working on?