Your Holiday Planning Checklist
Need a plan to successfully tackle the winter holidays? With a little advance prepping and organizing, there’s still time to grab this reindeer by the antlers and make your holiday celebration a simple and stress-free affair. So take a deep breath, we’re here to help you get through it all with some bright ideas and reminders that will let you and yours shine bright this holiday season—no matter how you choose to celebrate. Take a look below for a super-simple, week-by-week guide and don’t forget to stock up on Sparkle® paper towels for all the prepping, cleaning and serving to come!
Final Week of November: Shopping
Get your gift shopping off to an early start with three back-to-back opportunities. Black Friday is typically jam-packed with deeply-discounted items, so take advantage from the comfort of home with exclusive online deals. Small Biz Saturday is up next—your chance to support local businesses while finding unique gifts for loved ones. Finally, Cyber Monday is the best day to nab deals on all the hottest electronics for the tech types on your list!
First Week of December: Decorating
With Thanksgiving behind you, it’s time now to kick off your holiday decorating in and around the house—from gold coins and garlands to trees and tinsel, whatever says “holidays” in your home to get everyone into the spirit of the season. You can also get a head start on writing and sending out your holiday cards this week before the month gets away from you. With that task accomplished, you’ll feel less stressed when you start receiving them!
Second Week of December: Prepping
With all the holiday baking & cooking to come, now’s a good time to get stocked up on pantry essentials—including Sparkle® paper towels for easy prep, clean up and quickly drying hands after washing up. This week also marks the beginning of Hannukah for all who are observing. BRIGHT TIP: If you plan on preparing some of the traditional fried dishes made during this period, keep a plate with a few Sparkle® paper towels nearby to soak up the excess grease from your latkes and loukoumades.
Third Week of December: Resetting
With two weeks left, you’ve still got time to clean and tidy up in advance of the big day. So grab a roll of Sparkle® paper towels to help knock out all the chores as you make your final touches around the house. With all your major holiday prepping completed, this is also a good time to mentally reset. Try not to get swept up in the frantic pace that can often surround this time of year by making time for you to stop and actually enjoy the holidays.
Fourth Week of December: Celebrating
Christmas Eve is a great night to see the holiday lights by piling up in the car with some peanut butter cookies, hot chocolate and a roll of Sparkle® paper towels. For those observing Christmas, it’s finally time to open gifts and celebrate with loved ones—include those who couldn’t make it with a group video chat. Finally, for those observing Kwanzaa, here’s hoping all who celebrate the first fruits of the harvest are in good health as you celebrate over the next seven days!