what is the "C" word you say..............Christmas. I know it's only August, but before you know it Christmas will be here.
I started planning for Christmas 2008, on December 26th, 2007!!! I pick up presents right throughout the year, when I see them on sale. I also put $20 a week away, year round, that I use for Christmas. So that is $1,040 a year I save up for Christmas, which I find works well, as we do give monetary gifts to certain people at Christmas.
I need to go through my closet to see exactly what I have for Christmas, and for who, but I think I am doing quite well so far. I generally have to have Britain done by mid-October so that I can ship things by surface mail. I start on the Christmas letter at the beginning of November, and that generally takes me a couple of weeks to compose. I have a hard time with it, but as it doesn't cost me any more in postage to slip a Christmas letter in with the card, I think it's a nice thing to do especially when nearly all of our relatives live in Britain.
I am saving up my Shopper's Drug Mart points to cash in closer to Christmas and will get a pile of International stamps with my points, so that will pay for the postage of the cards. Of course I bought my Christmas cards in the Boxing Day sales, along with any paper I needed.
I make my own gift tags, by using my pinking shears (zig-zag scissors) and cutting up my old Christmas Cards. Last year I bought cloth grocery bags for the adults, and wrapped their presents and popped them in there, instead of Christmas bags. Think I may do that again. I tied candy canes, ornaments and mini crackers to the handles, along with curly ribbon to make them festive. A heads up for the Canadians, Canadian Tire has their reusable bags on sale for 69 cents this week......
I can't really go into too much detail with what I bought as family read this blog. I also slip in strange but useful gifts into their bags, like Christmas Kleenex, or smelly air fresheners, post it notes, that sort of thing. I generally get these things on sale, and with coupons pay pennies for them.
Have you made a start on your Christmas planning yet?
Thanks to Denise once again for the picture.