Start doing a few things for Christmas now and you will be thanking yourself for your planning and organisational skills in December!
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Good Morning!

With Melbourne Cup over now it really starting to feel like the lead up to Christmas has kicked in. I have been plodding away on Christmas planning since the middle of year. Doing just small things here and there make a huge difference to how busy and stressed out you feel at the end of the year.

For many years now the first thing I do for Christmas is choose a theme for the year. I find having a theme helps me make decisions on lots of small things like:
  • what wrapping paper to buy
  • what should the family Christmas card look like
  • what should the table decorations look like
  • what hand made gifts should I make
A theme works brilliantly in narrowing down choices and making our Christmas have a cohesive and considered feel. If you are yet to choose a theme for Christmas check out the post below for inspiration:
Last year I created a master planning checklist for Christmas and this year I shared a copy of our family Christmas gift idea spreadsheet. My three sisters and I share this spreadsheet and enter ideas of what we can buy each other's kids. They are ideas only and no one has to buy from the list, but it works super well for ideas and finding out sizes etc of the kids. You can find both spreadsheets in the post below:
I have just recently started my Christmas shopping. My goal this year is to have everything bought and wrapped by the start of December!  I will keep you posted on my progress. I published my first in a series of gift ideas post on the blog last week. If you have lots of kids to buy for and don't want to have to head to the shops at the moment, check out the post below for gift ideas you can buy online: 
And thanks to the fab guest post on the blog from Lou Glendon of Click Love Grow, I have some great ideas for the photos I want to take for our family Christmas card this year. Check out the post below if you need some inspiration for taking your photos:
Where are you at with your Christmas Planning?

In my blog post last week, Life Lessons, I share the impact a short two minute video from UBank had on me. It is incredibly powerful and confronting and I highly recommend all parents watch it.

The video features six terminally ill individuals who are sharing their advice on what’s important in life. Since being diagnosed with a terminal illness, their views on life have shifted and their perspectives have changed. The advice they share is incredibly powerful and confronting, reminding us that a big mortgage doesn’t mean a better life.

Click through here to watch the video. 
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