I don’t know about you but when I walk through Walmart and they have the Halloween and fall stuff starting to fill the shelves in August, I begin to get anxiety. I get anxious because then I start thinking about everything that I will eventually need to do to get ready for the upcoming holidays. Honestly, I can’t think of many reasons to celebrate the holidays so early just yet.
And then I get that little flair in my heart… There’s excitement in the holidays too, not just stress. The holidays can be a time full of mixed emotions. Happiness to be with those you love. Sadness over the ones you’ve lost. Anxiety for the gifts you still have to buy.
But I can’t ignore the beautiful fall colors that adorn the shelves in Wal-Mart. They beckon me. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes after Labor Day are my jam. So instead of rolling my eyes when I see Christmas ornaments out at Hobby Lobby in November
scratch that, July, I can think a few reasons why getting ready for the holidays early in the year ain’t too shabby of an idea.
You Start Thinking about What Gifts to Get Sooner.
Some people *cough cough* that would be me, start buying Christmas gifts during the summer. If you’re not that crazy and tend to lean towards normal, then seeing the change in the seasons that bring the fall and winter holidays can spark your mind. When you see something you think someone close to you might like, snatch it up and save it as their gift for the holiday office party.
You Can Get Gifts for a Good Bargain during the End-of-the-Season Sales.
August and October are notorious for seasonal sales. August for end of summer and October as most stores transition to winter. Want to get your husband that camping gear he’s always wanted? Look for it in October and November. Know your son will have another class party next October for Halloween? Go to Walmart, Kohl’s or Target the first week after Halloween and you’ll see all those holiday prices slashed in nearly half.
You May Start Setting Aside Time to Spend with Your Family Ahead of Time.
All my family (and Husband’s) live in a different town. When it comes time for the holidays, we start gearing up to make the rounds to see everyone. I enjoy the holidays because I know this will be a time that I will see my family, when otherwise, I may not have seen them so much during the rest of the year. We have Black Friday traditions that we do every year. We have Christmas jokes we say every year. We know who’s going to bring what food to our family meals. It’s fun to start thinking about them and plan a good time to reconnect. I start looking at my calendar in September to get ready for the weekends and weeks we’ll be away to visit family.
OK, my family bonds over Black Friday when I know this shopping can easily bring a wedge for some. Let’s face it–we all want a good bargain and the bargains on Black Friday can be hard to pass up. Now that Black Friday is happening on Thanksgiving and during the day nonetheless, I see Black Friday becoming more and more of a tradition for families and being incorporated in their holiday. Personally, when I start thinking about those gifts in October, I am on the lookout for them on Black Friday.
It’s a Great Time to Budgeting Money for Your Holiday Expenses
If you’re like most Americans who spend A LOT during the holidays, then you may be interested in finding ways to start preparing for the holidays NOW. Some great resources are available online. I especially like these tips and advice from the Penny Hoarder. We are big Dave Ramsey fans, so we have a Holidays envelope that we start putting money in at the beginning of the year in January! But it’s never too late and you can start budgeting money now!
Oh, and don’t forget about those Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. 🙂 Cheers!
What about you? Can you think of other reasons that seeing Christmas decorations out so early might not be such a bad idea?