Holiday Countdown is On! {The Finale}

Time to wrap up the Holiday Countdown. Get your final task list to prepare for Christmas on time and on budget!

Christmas is almost here, and I can’t believe we’re already on the final week of the Holiday Countdown! I hope you’ve been enjoying yourself along the way. Remember to take time for yourself and indulge in a cup of hot cocoa here or there!

Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Shavings and Candy Cane

Just joining us? Get a full recap of the Holiday Countdown Series.

How Did I Do?

Create a Tablescape

We’ve had our table for the past 15 years and it has served many purposes. When I stop and think about all the meals, crafts, homework, games and other activities that our table has hosted, it kind of chokes me up. However, there’s a time when we outgrow our furniture and it’s time for a change. In the new year, a table will be on the top of my list of furniture purchases. Our current one is too small and it’s difficult to create a gorgeous tablescape on because there’s no room left for all the necessities. This year I added a simple table runner, some greenery, and a concrete bowl with ‘snow’ and antique ornaments. I’m hoping next year I will be able to create the layered look I adore so much.

Get Ready for Overnight Guests

We won’t have any overnight guests this holiday season, so I got a pass on this one. However, because I never know when someone may call at the last minute, I always keep supplies on hand just in case!

Wrap Gifts

As mentioned in my Gifts {Almost} Too Pretty to Open post, I really enjoy wrapping gifts. Over the weekend, I tackled the majority and I’ll hopefully finish up today or tomorrow.

Holiday Countdown Finale Week

Add Fresh Flowers and Greenery

There isn’t anything that can bring a space to life more than adding fresh natural elements. Back on week one I recommended that you plant bulbs (amaryllis or paper whites). My amaryllis has really taken off and will hopefully bloom for Christmas. If you didn’t plant bulbs, no worries. These plants are available at many locations for next to nothing. You don’t have to spend a fortune on fresh materials for them to look fantastic. Consider mixing less expensive materials with only a few luxurious blooms.

Enjoy the Events of the Season

Often in the past I’ve been so focused on shopping, cleaning, baking, wrapping and all the other holiday preparations, not to mention work and family responsibilities, that I forget to enjoy myself. When was the last time you went to a holiday movie or took the family to look at all the gorgeous Christmas lights? This week do something fun with your family or friends.

Treat Yourself

You’ve probably been working non-stop taking care of everything for Christmas and now it’s time to take care of you! Get a massage or manicure or take time to sit down with a friend for tea. A little time for yourself will give you the energy to enjoy the festivities ahead.

I’d like to send a big shout out to everyone who has followed this Christmas planning series. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing it and it has kept me on track for the most part. I would like to know what you liked best or found the most helpful in this series. That way, it’ll help me better plan for next year.

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Merry Christmas!

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