In between finding that never-sold doll your niece has been asking for and planning the list of appetizers for your first ever Christmas gathering, you may feel the need to pull your hair out. First off, DON’T!! You won’t look good with bald patches. And secondly, thanks to writer Rebecca Stokes, she’s found a few ways to make things a little easier when getting things together this ever-rushing Christmas time:
With Postable you select one (uh-adorable) card, and then pick the font of your choice when it comes time to compose messages to those who make your greeting card cut. Farewell Becca’s, tiny, serial-killer-esque scrawl, hello handwriting you’d take home to introduce to mom! The biggest perk of all? They mail them for you. Did I mention that their address book feature is a God-send (it allows you to import contacts if you’ve already got a list). There’s no excuse not to check them out.
I am probably preaching to the choir here — but if I’m not, then friends, get ready: Your life is about to get a whole lot easier. With Amazon Prime, you pay under $80 a year (a little less if you buy someone a Kindle for Christmas) for all manner of perks. Check out your favorite T.V. shows on Amazon, buy MP3s! But perhaps best of all? FREE. TWO. DAY. SHIPPING. I do not exaggerate when I say that I once ordered a birthday gift for a friend and went to bed — when I woke up the next morning, the gift was waiting at my door. AMAZON PRIME = MAGIC.
These ain’t your Mama’s ready-set-go trees. Nowadays, one quick internet search of “Decorated Trees” and you are slammed with a veritable plethora of pleasing looks. Save yourself the hauling, the mess, and some time — go pre-decorated! If someone in your family INSISTS on decorating the tree, that’s cool — what are a couple of extra ornaments going to hurt?
This is by far one of the neatest ideas I’ve seen this season. Most of us are bogged down with one list of cards that have to go out, and one massive stack of presents that all need wrapping. Print up your own wrapping paper at home! Design it as you choose! If you choose a photo that also happens to double as your holiday card, I ain’t gonna be mad at that. Multi-tasking. It’s the reason for the season.
Put Your Cookie Cutters to Work!
I am, like most of us with a small kitchen, a huge fan of strictly multi-purpose tools taking up space in my shelves. This means getting creative when it comes to stuff like cookie cutters. Oh sure, they serve their purpose when it comes to the holidays when I bake up batches of sugar cookies galore. But now they’ve got a second purpose. Seasonal cookie cutters make for great stencils if you find yourself short cards. Trace them on construction paper and quickly cut out mini-cards to accompany that plate of cookies headed to your office.