September is flying by, which means the holidays are one month closer! The holiday season is the ultimate event in our house. Christmas in our house includes: decorating multiple trees, growing our light display, completing an activity each day in December, gift giving, and more. We really love Christmas! Now is the time to plan everything out, because the decor comes out November 1st.
One of the first things we have to determine is which trees to put up for the holiday season. We have more themes than we have trees. Here’s a look at our themes.
Good Grief, It’s Christmas Charlie Brown
For the Love of Seussual (Cat in the Hat & Friends)
The Greatest Show (Circus)
All Aboard the Polar Express
Nana’s Favorites (Nutcracker)
Baby It’s Cold Outside (Starbucks)
Silver & White
Cartoons & Characters
As you can see, it’s quite the list. We can only put up seven or eight trees, because I don’t want to close off every room. Some trees are kept behind closed doors for protection purposes (life with pets). We try our best to rotate the trees; however, our favorites always make the list. The problem is that I love all of them!
Next, we determine our list of activities. We complete one activity per day between December 1st and December 25th. Some activities require more planning than others. We took a trip up to Nashville last year to see ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, click here for details. It was a ton of fun! We are going back up there to see “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Obviously, that activity requires more planning than going to get hot chocolate at Starbucks or watch a Christmas special at home. The activities include a combination of inexpensive fun at home and magical outings within like a five hours radius. We are constantly add and removing activities to keep it interesting. We are making our list and checking it twice.
Something we actually like to do throughout the year is shop for Christmas presents. We typically finish all of our holiday shopping by Thanksgiving. It allows us to stick to our budget and avoid charging gifts on a card. We also miss the chaos. Ryan and I share an Excel spreadsheet that includes a list of loved ones, gift ideas/wants, and what we’ve purchased. This time of year we determine what’s left to get and determine when we’d like to buy the remaining items.
So that’s what we’re thinking about right now. How about you? Any plans for October? My Harry Potter themed tree goes up in just a couple of weeks. Be sure to check back frequently and follow us @LifeonHarmony for more projects and fun! In the meantime, it’s time for pumpkins!