12 Days of Procrastination: Your Last-Minute Holiday Checklist

Dec 29, 2020 6:42 PM ET

iCrowdNewswire   Dec 29, 2020  1:42 PM ET

Christmas may be right around the corner, but if you’re reading this, it’s not too late to get in the holiday spirit and have everything in order come December 25. Indeed, for the procrastinators of the world, there’s certainly a lot left to do. In search of a Christmas miracle? These helpful tips and hacks will make it seem like you’ve been planning all year long.

Hack Your Christmas Cookies

Need a tray of fabulous — and delicious — Christmas cookies for a holiday party or a special guest like Santa? Short on time? Don’t settle for the store-bought variety. Instead, know that you can easily whip up fancy, blogger-approved Christmas cookies without spending an entire day in your kitchen or a fortune on gourmet ingredients. 

First, make your dough stretch — and we’re not talking about money here. For example, if you don’t own a rolling pin, you can save a few bucks by using a wine bottle instead. You can also save a little dough by only making one batter. That’s right, one, simple cookie batter recipe can help you make cookies like classic chocolate chip, tasty peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and impressive salted caramel cookies, to name a few. What are you waiting for? Get baking!

Send Your Christmas Cards and Holiday Photos

You’ve made a list and checked it twice. Now it’s time to send out those holiday cards. This year, however, don’t worry about printing photos and picking up cards at the crowded, big box stores. Instead, you can easily send your holiday greetings from your couch with just the click of a mouse. 

In fact, designing and customizing your own Christmas cards online has never been easier. You can even include a personalized holiday greeting and a family photo with ease. Plus, there’s no need to worry about postage. Missed the holiday deadline? Send a New Year’s greeting instead. Your friends and family will never know it slipped your mind.

Plan a Festive Holiday Outfit

Now that you have the cookies in the oven and your holiday cards in the mail, it’s time to put together your holiday outfit. While the holiday season typically allows a little wiggle room to splurge on a new festive ensemble, you may instead be consulting your closet for your holiday digs. Does your favorite dress need to go to the cleaners? Maybe that cashmere scarf needs to be steamed? Where did your favorite gold hoops disappear to? Planning your holiday outfit now means less stress on Christmas morning and more time for family and, of course, presents.

Stock the Stockings

While your Christmas stockings are typically hung by the chimney with care, this year they may not be as full. There’s no denying it — we’ve all been there. Indeed, it’s easy to get distracted by the big gifts under the tree. And it’s hard not to get caught up in all of that wrapping, and wrapping, and wrapping. 

Fun items like key chains are great for kids, while grandparents will love festive winter socks. Meantime, your cousin who shops at the farmers market could probably use some reusable net grocery bags. Gift some hand creams to your partner and some crossword puzzles to your parents. These gift ideas all make fabulous and thoughtful stocking stuffers that your loved ones will enjoy and which you can find almost anywhere.

Sleigh the Holiday Season with Ease

You don’t need a holiday miracle; just follow these tips to get everything in order for Christmas Day. From planning your holiday outfit to ordering your Christmas cards online, these practical, time-saving tips can help you sleigh the holidays this year.