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Crazy for Christmas Challenge: August

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We are days away from Pumpkin Spice Lattes and it’s just four months until Christmas! If you are new around here, the 25th of the month is when we take a little time to prepare for the most wonderful time of the year. By doing a little each month, we are preparing ourselves for the best and most relaxing holiday season yet. Put on your favorite Christmas album and let’s get to work…

Choose or Schedule Your Christmas Card Photo

December is my favorite time to head to the mailbox. I absolutely love sending and receiving Christmas cards. Don’t you? Today we are going to figure out a photo for the cards we will send. If you have a great photo from this year’s vacation, go ahead and earmark that one for your card. Maybe you took several cute shots of your kids on the beach this summer. Go through and choose a favorite. If you still need to take a photo, reach out to your favorite photographer today or schedule a day to take it yourself. Having that photo (or photos) planned is a huge step!

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This month’s printable is a simple checklist to keep you on track in the coming months so that you can get those cards out with ease. Join our Crazy for Christmas Challenge email list to get all the printables.

Update Your Address List

If you have been following the challenge all year, then you did this in January. Either way, those address lists have a way of getting out of date quickly as friends move. Go through your address list of Christmas card recipients today and make sure it’s up to date. It’s a great time to reach out and ask for addresses you don’t have, avoiding the rush of the season later.

Go Shopping

How is your gift stash looking? Mine is pretty impressive if I do say so myself! Check a few more off your list today and pat yourself on the back for being such a good little elf. Here’s a gift guide of a few ideas to get you started. This list includes my favorite robe, the perfect mug for just about anyone, and a few things from my kids’ lists.

Here are the previous month’s challenges. You can go back and catch up, or just jump in today.

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

Merry planning and shopping, friends!

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Crazy for Christmas Challenge: July

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It’s Christmas in July! I’m coming to you today from my beach chair, but know that I’ll be online ordering a few gifts as I listen to the waves. July 25th has become a bit of a holiday in itself and I think that’s so stinkin’ fun. Let’s get started with today’s challenge!

Start Wish Lists

If you haven’t already, you need to utilize wish lists with a few retailers. My favorites are Amazon and Nordstrom. This is a great way to keep a running list of gift ideas for family members, for your kids, and for yourself! I don’t know about you, but I not only do the Christmas shopping for my household, I also supply gift ideas for my kids to extended family. Keeping a list helps you remember those items your kid pointed out one day at the store. You can also watch for them to go on sale. If you haven’t already, start some wish lists!

Make Travel Arrangements

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Today is the day… first decide if you will travel or stay home this Christmas season. If family beckons you, today is a great time to make arrangements for your trip. If you’ll fly to your destination, go ahead and book your air travel. Set up a hotel or confirm with your cousin or mother that you’ll be staying with them. In short, make your travel plans! This will ease planning down the road. Plus, half of the fun of travel is looking forward to it… even if it’s seeing your crazy family at Christmas! This month’s printable is in honor of spending the holidays with those you love. Print it as an 8x10 photo and pop it in a frame so it’s ready to go in December. Click here to get this free printable.

A Little Shopping

As always, chip away at your gift list today. Stow away a few gifts in your ever-growing stash and go ahead and congratulate yourself on being so on top of things!

That’s all for today… Merry Christmas in July, everyone!

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Crazy for Christmas Challenge: June

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The summer sun is blazing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t in the Christmas spirit! Our Crazy for Christmas Challenge continues today. Since it’s the 25th of the month, we’ll take just a little time to prepare for this year’s holiday, saving us time down the road. This month’s tasks are fairly simple. Next month expect a pretty easy list as well… but in August we are going to really get to work!

Let’s get started…

Plan Your Charitable Giving

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Christmas always gets us in the giving spirit and most non-profit organizations rely heavily on end-of-the-year donations. It’s also typically a time when our bank accounts are feeling the blow of ALL the Christmas expenses. By planning ahead we can give more thoughtfully, more generously, and more cheerfully! Take some time and think about who you really want to bless this season. Maybe it’s a local or national charity… maybe you want to do an extra gift to your church, or maybe you want to send a care package or monetary gift to missionaries supported by your congregation. You can plan for toy drives as well. This month’s printable has space for you to designate charities and causes and make a note of how much you would like to give. You can start setting aside the money now. Think how great it will feel to GIVE this Christmas!

A Little Shopping

As usual, check some under-the-tree gifts off your list this month. Today I’ve rounded up some toys this month to help you get those shopping wheels turning. These are things I’ll be picking up for my family. Shop the whole list here.

That’s all for today… join the Crazy for Christmas Challenge email list to get the printables each month: