After writing tips on how to plan for the best Christmas ever, I thought I should do a recap of how that all worked out 🙂 so here is my Christmas re-cap.
- Budget- I went over my budget in a few categories. I made notes on which categories and will up a bunch of my Christmas gift budgets for next year. I teeny tiny budgets since we were in debt reduction mode so I think we can up them a bit (and then I won’t feel bad about inevitably going over budget). If you haven’t set a Christmas budget- do it now! It is SO much more manageable to save for Christmas in bit sized monthly chunks. Add up what you spent for Christmas this year, divide that number by 12 and in January set that money aside. It is life changing to just have the cash you need to have a great Christmas!
- Having all of my shopping done by December 1st- this so did NOT happen. I was probably all done by the 18th. This is a really impractical goal for my life right now. So next year I will give myself a little more grace and aim for the 10th or the 15th.
- Christmas Theme- I didn’t stick with the one I set- haha! I bought a pink and mint advent calendar and that really influenced the rest of my decor. I am SO happy with how it turned out. Here’s the link to my holiday decor in case you missed it :). Next year I would like to decorate my kitchen room more- something for my table, a wreath on the window, a cute tea towel for the stove. My faux deer head is new so I think he’ll need something festive next year too. I’ll also need to figure out a place to hang our stockings (no mantle makes it hard). I could also use a real tree skirt. P.s. this list is selfish- I love that I’ll be able to look back next year and plan from this list.
- Christmas Cards- we had a friend design our Christmas cards and they were printed by Thanksgiving. It cost $30 to print 30. I bought cards on black Friday and had the cards sent out by the 15th. Usually I spend way too much on last minute shipping so I am considering this a win!
- My wish list- most everyone bought me items off my wish list. I loved it! In case you missed it, on Monday I put together a dictionary of pink books that I received on Christmas. Now I just need to put away my Christmas decor so I can decorate with them!
- Use a Trello board to organize your Christmas lists. This was another win for me. I love that I put all of the work into creating some lists with budgets and what I have actually spent. I have since tweaked them and next year will be SO easy to plan for! Side note, in case you missed it, Trello is a free service where you can organize your to do lists. It is amazing! Please try it out (again, I just love it, I’m not paid to wax poetic on this company)
- Advent Calendar- I wanted to also recap how my plans from my post on Christmas traditions to start went. We had the Advent calendar out, but didn’t really use it. We did most of the activities I listed (side note, Don was a perfect gentleman seeing Santa. It really was the cutest ever. For Salt Lake City locals, we went to Trolley Square. There was no line to see Santa, he was the sweetest guy, and they let us take our own picture. Total win!). I think the Advent calendar will work better when Don is older. Another thing I struggled with is knowing what your month will hold when filling the calendar. So I just never did it- haha #lazy
- Christmas PJ’s- Don’s jammies ended up being adorable. They barely fit and that was somehow cuter. I bought the Target pajamas for 40% off, but gave them to my mom for her birthday. I bought some at DownEast that I love (the shirt says “Believe”).
9.Christmas Morning- on Christmas Eve, my husband and I had the best time setting up Don’s presents. Most were unwrapped and a few were wrapped. We gave him blocks that we envisioned him crawling out and smashing (as he always does with blocks that are stacked). He woke up, was fed and changed, and we put him in the living room. He pretty much sat there. Haha! It was funny. He way more enjoyed watching the dogs play with their new toys. We had a really great day! We played with Don a bunch. We went to my parent’s for brunch and later to my husband’s parents house for dinner. Having Don here was so fun! He warmed up to unwrapping presents and it was a pretty perfect day. Of course, spending time with our loved ones was the absolute highlight. I love giving gifts to show my love so it is a great holiday for me 🙂 (p.s. the video above is a snip of our Christmas)
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! If you used any of the tips in the prep posts, I’d love to hear! Happy New Year!