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November 15, 2023

by Kimberly Deaño


November is still the Month of Holy Souls, and yet, December is already stealing the spotlight for the festivities of the Christmas season. There’s no better time than now to prepare proactively early on. By taking such steps, you can enjoy a smoother holiday experience, and alleviate stress factors from the preparations. Whether you’re planning a getaway trip, hosting a gathering, or a cozy stay-home celebration, these tips will help you stay organized and have a good time.


  1. Creating a Holiday Schedule: Start by mapping out dates and events for the holiday season. Include themes for parties/gatherings, consider the availability of participants, and if traveling, select less crowded dates. Planning ensures a smoother flow of activities.
  2. Budgeting: Holidays can become expensive quickly. Take time to save and budget for prospective costs such as travel expenses, gifts, decorations, and food ingredients. Stick to your budget to avoid overspending and financial stress post-holidays.
  3. Gifts List: Compile a list of everyone you plan to buy gifts for, along with budgeted amounts and gift ideas for each person. Shopping early or looking for sales can help you avoid the rush. Consider low-key or handmade gifts for a personal touch that fits your budget.
  4. Decorations: Decorating your space can set the festive mood, whether you’re going all out or keeping it simple. Consider reusing decorations from previous years to save money. If you want to add more, make a list of additional items or consider DIY decorations for a unique touch.
  5. Travel Arrangements: If you’re planning to travel during the holidays, make your arrangements early. Book tickets, accommodations, and transportation options well in advance to secure the best deals and avoid last-minute hassles.
  6. Home Arrangement: If you’re hosting gatherings, start preparing your home in advance. Declutter common areas, stock up on essential supplies and plan your menu ahead of time. Consider assigning tasks to family members or hiring catering services to reduce stress.
  7. Enjoy: Don’t forget to take care of yourself and enjoy the holiday season. Prioritize self-care activities to stay refreshed and energized. Spread joy through acts of kindness and giving back to others in need.


Embrace these preparation tips this November to ensure a merry and memorable holiday season. Whether you’re celebrating with loved ones, exploring new traditions, or simply savoring the magic of the season, early planning and organization will help you make the most of this special time of year.