Getting Ready for Christmas

It is officially the day after Thanksgiving {and to many Black Friday} and I don't know about you but my Christmas countdown has begun and I have a whole list of things I need to do.  Here are a few things that I am doing to get ready for Christmas this next week.  

1. Fill Our Home with Holiday Cheer!

Our Thanksgiving Eve tradition, Brent and I have our own low key Thanksgiving dinner {turkey sandwiches!} and start putting up our Christmas tree {we also usually watch a fun Christmas movie like Elf, Fred Clause, or Christmas with the Krank' faves!}.  The rest of the decorations will get put up by me over the next week.

Nothing says Christmas like the smell of I am stocking up on yummy scented candles and some refrigerated cookie dough so that our home is always filled with the smells of the season.  Right now I am loving my Aquiesse candle in Monterey Pine {smells like Christmas trees but without all the mess!}.

2. Print Holiday Cards

We do not usually send out Christmas cards in the mail but attach them to brown paper bags of baked goods for neighbors, friends, and Brent's co-workers.  Printing my cards NOW saves me from the headache when I am up to my ears in flour come baking day!

My friend Emily from Happy Hippos made a special free downloadable Christmas card for Domestic Fashionista readers.  I love being able to print from home as I do not have to rely on planning too far ahead and order online.  She also offers other card designs {your purchase the card and print as many as you like!} in her Etsy shop and is offering 10% off to DF readers.  Use promo code: FASHIONISTA10

I made my card in Picassa {make into a collage and add photo and names}.  You can print from home or upload the photo to a photo printing company like Costco or Walmart.  But if you are techy challenged, you could even print and glue in a photo the old school scrapbooking way!

To download: Click on either image below and it will open in it's own window.  Right click and choose "save image as" and save it somewhere on your computer.  Open it up in a photo editing software like Picassa{free} or Photoshop and add your own photo.

3. Making Lists

Nothing makes me more holiday crazy stressed than feeling overwhelmed by all that I have to do.  In order to stay organized, I am putting together lists...who to shop for, who to bake for, holiday things we want to do {go look at Christmas lights, ice skate, drink hot cocoa}, even dates for holiday blog parties I want to join.  By having it all on paper I am less likely to forget something important.

What is on your Christmas to-do list this next week?


  1. I love getting ready for Christmas cards are already printed and I just need to address them and get them in the mail!! I love being ahead of the game. Today I'm starting to decorate.. I have to work at 2; I'll finish up tomorrow and next week!! Love the Holidays.. love your Christmas Card!!!

  2. I love your tree! It's so fun!
    You are so talented I love the card you made in Picassa! I might try and upload it and add a photo. But I am one of those Techy challenged ones ;)
    But I must say I totally am a list maker! I feel lost without one...

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and have a fabulous MONTH before Christmas! can you believe we only have a month till Christmas?!?

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  4. Thanks for the awesome Christmas cards!

  5. I really love your tree! It's so pretty and festive! THANKS for the free download. That is awesome! I will be using it. I can't wait to see what else you do this season. :)

  6. I have been getting ready for Christmas for a while now. I used to make handmade Christmas cards but then stopped after having Aiden. We are sending some this year and these printables will help so much, Thanks Ash!

  7. we put up our tree today and I'll be decorating more over the next week- I love how festive it feels!!

  8. This post made me homesick. Now I want to go back and nest. Haha.

    Lovely post that had it's own magical feeling. :D

  9. Christmas is the greatest time of year, but also the busiest. I am always inspired by organization for the holidays, and this year I could use some organization ASAP! Loved reading your tips and tricks!

  10. Awesome Christmas cards! Your blog is super fabulous, so glad to find you! Following from Share the Memories FB group..lovely to meet you :)

  11. Good luck - this time of year is so much fun! and lists make it run that much smoother!

  12. love the picture of you decorating your tree!! and your Christmas card is awesome, you and your hubby look so cute!:)


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