September has arrived, which means it’s roughly 100 days till Christmas day, and whether you’re a last-minute shopper or the pinnacle of organisational skills, 100 days is a long time. There are something it will be okay to arrange this far in advance while keeping your air of normality, others will have you looking like a clipboard-wielding schedule psychopath. If you’re the latter, you probably won’t mind if you look like that, because it will be an accurate image to represent yourself, but you’re not happy then look to this list of things you can and can’t do this far in advance.
DO – book a holiday
Feel free to add a little of your forward planning skills to booking your holiday for the Christmas period. There’s nothing wrong with this, and doing it well in advance can actually save you money. Whether you’re planning to take advantage of the sun of the southern hemisphere, or you’re planning a luxury coach holiday to get away from the usual drags of life, there are plenty of options. Click here for a list of holidays in and around the UK.
DON’T – Put out Christmas decorations
Despite the fact it’s doesn’t get dark early enough for anyone to actually notice your vibrant efforts to alert Santa of your location, you will earn a fast-track ticket to the everyone-hates-you train.
DON’T – order Christmas dinner
There are some people who don’t have time to cook the whole Christmas dinner themselves, so they turn to people like M&S to do it for them. People can order their Christmas food, then pick it up, all ready to cook, a few days before Christmas. If you’re one of those people and you haven’t already ordered the food. Though luck, you’re too late. Yes, before September is a ridiculous time to be ordering your food, but they’ve decided that the curtains have already closed, so you’ll have to cook yourself this time round.
DON’T – Buy Christmas Decorations
Thank the ghost of Christmas past that they aren’t in shops yet. While you can still order them online, you should accept that any attempt to do so this early will reserve you a special seat in the halls of Satan. Leave it till October.
DO – Buy Christmas presents
How is this different to buying Christmas decorations, you may be asking. In many ways, that’s how. You might need some time to save up, and prices are often hiked up especially for Christmas. The combination of cheaper prices and the chance to spread out your spend over the next few months is a good opportunity to lessen the damage your wallet will take.
DON’T – Start wearing Christmas jumpers
Or do. There’s no definite answer on this one. In similar ways to fans wearing their football team’s shirt all the time, you may well be just a massive fan of Santa, so why not represent all year round? On the other end of the scales, they are usually quite thick garments, capable of soaking up the gallons of sweat you’ll be producing in this heat.
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