The closer we get to Christmas, the sooner you need to start preparing for the big day. These websites will help plan a smooth Christmas, ensuring stress-free and happy holidays.
Doing things at the last minute leads to unnecessary stress, running around, and a whole lot of over-spending.
That’s why we put together a guide of a few websites that help you get organized for Christmas. You’ll learn how to pick the best tree for you, get free printables and organizers, download designs and art, and even queue up the playlist for the big day.
1. Pick Your Own Christmas Tree (Web): Guide to Choose the Perfect Tree
Is it really Christmas if you don’t have a Christmas tree? Buying the perfect tree isn’t easy though. Tree lots will try to sell you something you don’t need or can’t use in your house. That’s why you need this guide to pick the perfect Christmas Tree.
Follow the guide’s links in order. It’ll tell you the pros and cons of buying a real tree or a fake tree. It then tells you how to select the perfect tree for you. There is a comprehensive page with tree varieties and their features. And the site also advises you on how to flock your tree and keep it safe from bugs and pests.
Finally, the website lists tree farms, tree lots, and other places to buy it, divided by states in the USA. It also has recommendations for a few other countries. These farms and lots vary, including those where you can cut the tree yourself as well as places with rides and fun activities.
All in all, Pick Your Own Christmas Tree is the best and most detailed resource to find the perfect tree for your house during the holidays.
2. Organized Christmas (Web): Free Printables, Tips, Recipes, and Guides
Organized Home by Cynthia Ewer has a dedicated mini-site for Christmas that you must visit well in advance. Through planners, tips, checklists, and printable forms, Ewer will make sure you are as prepped as you’ll ever be.
The main blog is a series of posts focusing primarily on tips and advice, divided into a few categories: get organized, holiday plans, gifts, and crafts. The posts are what any average person needs, telling you how to be frugal while looking good, suggesting holiday ideas and wrapping methods, and so on. Make sure you don’t stick to the 2019 posts alone, go back to find tips from previous years.
But the crown jewel of Organized Christmas is the page packed with free printables. Particularly, the Christmas Countdown Checklist and the House and Holidays Plan gives you an excellent weekly breakdown of chores and activities to plan your holidays. Don’t miss out on this one.
3. Christmas HQ (Web): Free Designs, Decorations, Recipes, Carols, and More
Christmas Headquarters wants to be your one-stop-shop for any resource you’d need. It has designs and decorations you can download for free, a repository of carols, and a collection of ideas, tips, and recipes like any other blog.
The design downloads are the highlight of Christmas HQ. You can download clip art, backgrounds, borders, images, and fonts to spruce up your decorations. All of these are completely free, and available in high resolution. The font collection is especially cool, and you’ll have fun tweaking it to design your own Christmas cards.
The Carols page is worth a look too. You’ll get the full lyrics of all popular Christmas carols. Each carol also includes a brief history of its meaning and popularity, as well as a short YouTube clip of how it’s sung.
Similarly, the website is full of historical information about Christmas. You can learn why we hang stockings, the meaning behind wreaths, the tradition behind Christmas sweaters, and so on. Stock up on these facts and wow your friends at the party.
4. All Things Christmas (YouTube): Video Crafts, Recipes, Reviews, and Tips
All Things Christmas is a new YouTube channel dedicated to covering a variety of topics related to the holiday season. It is hosted by Chantelle Joy (and sometimes co-hosted by her daughter Lydia).
The channel is completely kid-friendly, as you might guess, and features several videos that focus on crafts and DIY ideas. They are clear and beginner-level guides for handmade stuff which you can do with your kids.
There is also a heavy focus on reviews of Christmas-related products and toys. If you want a mother’s and her daughter’s opinion on many of the items you’ll see in toy stores this year, it’s worth checking it.
5. Christmas Zone (Web): Free Movies and Cartoons to Stream on Christmas
Now, this is awesome. A few good folks put together a website packed with free-to-stream movies, cartoons, and other videos, all focused on Christmas. You no longer have to go searching on Netflix to watch something with the family or keep the kids entertained.
It’s a pretty good list too. It includes classics like The Miracle on 34th Street and Scrooge, as well as a few new Christmas films that you can discover for the first time when you’re feeling full of that holiday spirit. There’s also a collection of classic cartoons like Jack Frost and The Little King’s Christmas Night. Convenient, right?
6. The Christmas Channel (YouTube): All the Favorite Christmas Carols and Songs
When you’re ready for Christmas carols, you don’t need to hunt for a Spotify playlist or anything else. Fire up YouTube, go to The Christmas Channel, and let it rip.
The videos are long compilations of various tracks. For example, Christmas Songs for Children is 45 minutes long, and saves you the trouble of queueing them up. Subscribe to this channel right now, and you’ll be prepared to deck the halls when the time comes.
If you want to use proper music streaming services, check out our compilation of the best music you can stream on Christmas.
Get Ready for Secret Santa
No, it’s not too late to start a Secret Santa. Whether it’s in your office or with a group of friends, this has become a wonderful new take on the traditional gift exchange. And with these easy Secret Santa apps and sites, you can get the ball rolling right away so that there are no last-minute hiccups.
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