Prepare a list: who you are buying for, what are you getting them and how much money do you plan to spend on them. This will help you purchase items that are usable and wanted for someone and keep you within your budget. Gift buying should be completed 2 weeks before the Christmas and wrapped one week before.
Avoid stashing everyday household items in closets and cabinets, by storing them in the containers that your holiday decorations were stored in. Think safety when decorating! Do not set items in areas that people can trip over or knock off and break.
If you entertain during this time, make sure your walkway and entrance is well lighted. Turn the heat down two hours before guests arrive.
Prepare your menu for Thanksgiving and Christmas now. Make a list of items you need to prepare both meals and compare to what you already have. Double batch anything you can and freeze if you are going to serve it for both meals. Ask yourself what you can do before such as setting the table or cooking items the weekend before your meal.
Following these few tips can help you enjoy your family and friends more during the holiday season while decreasing stress and saving money.