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December 1 Unpack decorations and ornaments. Putting up lights this year? Make sure you take the proper safety precautions this year to avoid accidents. Read our article on Holiday Safety Tips for Preventing Fire and Electrical Hazards from Lights, Electric Decorations and Christmas Trees .
December 2 Create a budget for the festive season- include gifts, food and entertainment.
December 3 Buy tickets to seasonal events. Create a Master Family Schedule for the season and place it on the fridge or another communal area where everyone can view. Save money by checking your local listings for free community events for the family.
December 4 National Cookie Day. My favorite recipe is Kathy’s Delicious Mexican cookies, click here to see the recipe .
December 5 Is your home ready for guests? Are the kids coming home from college or grand parents from out of state? Perform a deep clean of your guest rooms before you get bogged down by other holiday preparations.
December 6 Check and make a note of local store opening and closing hours for the holiday season.
December 7 Looking for a healthy Snack? Try our Roasted Pumpkin Seed Bake. Preheat oven to 350 degree’s Fahrenheit. Arrange washed seeds evenly on a baking sheet. *Optional sprinkle with salt. Bake for about 30 minutes. The nutrients contained in pumpkin seeds are known to be good for the prostate.
December 8 Today is the first day of Hanukkah. Celebrate the Jewish festivities related to keeping the eternal light ablaze.
December 9 Are you travelling this holiday season? Be sure to have your car serviced and checked at the garage as a precaution before your trip? Planning on recording the memories of your journey – keep batteries, iPods, gaming consoles, phones and cameras charged with a handy PowerStation traveler. http://cableorganizer.com/power-station/power-station-traveller.html
December 10 Time to send out your Holiday Greeting Cards. Remember that the last posting date for parcels depends on weight. Allow at least 4-5 days for delivery.
December 11 Prepare your food and drink shopping list. If you made your recipe binder this should be a piece of cake.
December 12 Poinsettia Day – these blooms inhabit the holiday cheer with their green and red vibrant coloring. Having some in your home will lend to the holiday atmosphere.
December 13 Do you have enough cutlery/crockery/glass stemware/linens and serving dishes to last you through the festive season?
December 14 Have plans for New Years? Don’t forget to book a babysitter.
December 15 Keep an envelope in your bag or purse to store all your holiday receipts in one place. This will help you keep track of your holiday spending.
December 16 De-clutter and clear all tabletop surfaces in your home in communal areas like the dining room, entrance hall, kitchen and living rooms. Clear spaces make rooms look calmer, more spacious and inviting.
December 17 Winter officially begins next week. Make a date with your family to enjoy some time outdoors with each other. Collecting pine cones, sledding, skating and building snowmen are great wintertime activities.
December 18 Set the Tivo (DVR) or buy enough recordable DVDs’ to record your favorite holiday classics on television to enjoy with the family.
December 19 Locate and keep charged the camcorder, and digital camera. Do you have enough film, flash drives and batteries to last you through the festive season? Add them to your last minute shopping list.
December 20 Draw up your timeline for cooking, present wrapping and decorating during the busy holiday.
December 23 Clean and spruce up your guest bathroom with hand towels, soaps and perfume.
December 24 Bundle up the family and take a drive to enjoy the holiday lights in your area. Don’t forget to start defrosting your turkey in advance (allow 24 hours per 5 pounds).
December 25 Christmas Day ! Have a wonderful day, may you and your family gather special memories on this day to carry into the years that come.
December 26 Kwanzaa begins today - a celebration of pride and heritage. Learn more about ‘the first fruits of the harvest’ by talking to a neighbor who celebrates this holiday.