Christmas 2020 is inching closer and closer with each day that passes and this year will be like no other.
So I thought I would share my simple guide on how I’m planning to approach Christmas this year. Helping us through the festive lead up, while feeling in control and organised for how we live now.
Leaving things til the last minute will not work this year – I’m notorious for doing this, but I can’t do it this year. So below is a checklist to help us navigate the countdown.
We all need some joy this Christmas after this rollercoaster of a year, so let’s dive in together!
OCTOBER – Gifts and Preparations
This is the month to start conversations with family and friends about what the Christmas plan is, and who is going to host the day.
If you have decided to host Christmas, how many are coming? How many are you allowed to have over? And where will everyone sit?
Create a calendar for important dates.
Order Gifts Early
Start writing a ‘gift list’. Start with family members, then friends, and then add people whose help deserves some recognition like teachers and supportive neighbours.
Start ordering gifts, especially for loved ones overseas – it will take longer to receive purchases bought online this year. Worldwide delays due to COVID are increasing delivery times, as most people will be avoiding the big shops.
I’m ordering gifts now in October to not miss out. Make sure you order early to receive your gifts before Christmas.
If you are ordering from my shop, place your orders for international delivery by the 30th October.
To save time I can send it straight to your loved one’s door, just write their address in the shipping details and we can beautifully package it and send.
NOVEMBER – Think about Decorating
Have a think about how you would like to decorate the Christmas tree this year. I like to keep our Christmas tree the stand alone decorative hero and add vases brimming with nature around the house.
Decorations & Tablescaping
Each year I treat myself to a new Christmas ornament and this year it will be my first ornament made in collaboration with ceramic artist Kylie Johnson of paper boat press. It’s a locally handmade ‘Baby Koala Christmas Decoration’ which Kylie made from a photograph I captured earlier in year of a baby koala affected by the bushfires. They are so cute and are a celebration of our much loved koala.
I have also just released my ‘Baby Kangaroo Tea Towel into the shop, which is such a lovely nurturing decoration to either decorate the house with or give as a gift.
It’s a good time to touch base with your local florist or visit the flower market to see what’s in season if you aren’t going to gather foliage from your local area.
If you are going to have a wreath, now is the time to order one.
Think about incorporating colours or themes into your Christmas table.
DECEMBER – Tree Time
The best bit is still left to do – it’s time to decorate your tree!
I like to put our tree up on the 1st of December to enjoy it for as long as possible.
Your gifts and plans should be sorted by now, so you can relax a little.
Order any seafood from your local fish shop, meat from the butcher, and wine online for the day.
Gather your gifts (Remember, to place your order in my shop by 27th November for pre-Christmas delivery within Australia due to COVID related shipping delays)
Plan your Christmas outfit. I generally have two outfits on the go. One to run around and do last minute cooking in the morning on the day and then ‘my outfit-outfit’ with accessories. I will be wearing the ‘Stradbroke Island White Skirt’ on Christmas Day.
Once I put that long white skirt on I know it’s time to relax and let the pressures go.
One Week to Go
It’s time to wrap your presents! If you have found you have forgotten to buy for someone (eeek), or their gift hasn’t arrived in time, I have Gift Certificates available for you.
Two days before
Prepare food and gather glassware and bring as many things close to the table.
On the morning of
Get ready, put on your new outfit and accessories on.