How to prepare for Christmas

It’s the holiday season make sure you are ready by checking these ten items off your list.


Amira Carter

Knight Errant Designers and Editors decorate a tree to prepare for the Christmas Season.

Caelan Woog, Staff Writer

Get a Christmas Tree


Picking out your tree is one of the most important things to do in order to prepare for Christmas. Do you buy one from a store or go out as a family and chop down the fullest, tallest tree you can find? Just remember, the tree might look amazing, but that doesn’t mean it’s the perfect fit for your house. You’re not going to want a tree too small to fill with ornaments, or a tree too tall to get into your house.


Create a Christmas Playlist


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It’s that time of year again, and trash Christmas music is being played constantly on the radio. It’s time to make your Christmas Playlist. When it’s snowing outside and you’re sitting around wrapping presents and baking sugar cookies, your typical sound tracks just won’t get you into the Christmas spirit the way a jolly Christmas playlist does. Some of the top Christmas songs are:

Decorate Everything


We have all walked through the aisles of Target or Walgreens the day after Halloween, and seen the entire store already decorated for Christmas. Although having Christmas decorations out before the first snow might seem a bit dramatic, it is very important that you stock up on the best items early and make sure you’re prepared with all of the best ornaments to decorate your tree. Better to be more decorative than not.


Make a Christmas List for Others


Christmas isn’t all about you! Christmas is a time of giving, so instead of making a list for yourself, talk to the people closest to you and prepare a list of Christmas gifts for all of the people you love. It doesn’t matter how big or small the gift is. It’s the thought that counts.


Build a Gingerbread House


Building a delicious gingerbread house can be one of the most entertaining things to do around Christmas time. Pick up a gingerbread house kit from any grocery store near you and create a delectable dwelling held together by tasty frosting, topped with all of the best candies and treats. If you are feeling creative, make your own gingerbread from scratch.  


Bake Christmas Cookies


Baking Christmas sugar cookies is a go-to Christmas tradition that anyone can enjoy doing with family, friends, or by yourself. Enjoy making dozens of delicious sugar cookies cut in all shapes and sizes of Christmas shapes like: Christmas trees, angels, wreaths, candy canes, and gingerbread men. After you take them out of the oven, they can be lathered up in frosting and topped with your favorite candies and sprinkles. Enjoy!


Start a Christmas Countdown


There are tons of different types of Christmas Countdowns. Whether you have a widget on your phone, or an Advent calendar where you check off a square each day, you’re guaranteed to feel the Christmas spirit. There are even some countdowns that you can buy at local grocery stores that have a piece of candy built into it where you get to pop one open everyday and enjoy a delicious piece of candy.


Wrap Presents


Whether you’re wrapping presents for friends and family, or wrapping for a charity event, wrapping presents is a great way to get you into the christmas spirit. Pick out your favorite wrapping paper and a matching bow to make every present unique and to show your love.


Watch a Christmas Special


Around Christmas time, it’s critical that you sit down and watch all of the top Christmas television specials like Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and of course, Elf. What would Christmas be without watching Buddy the Elf devour a plate of spaghetti with Syrup and M&M’s?


Get into the Christmas Spirit


Getting into the Christmas spirit is probably the most important step in preparing for Christmas. Christmas isn’t about spending money on presents or getting an extra long winter break. It’s about coming together as one big jolly family and loving everyone. As long as you follow all of the above Christmas preparations and truly embrace the holiday for what it’s meant to be, it’s nearly impossible to avoid falling in love with the Christmas Holiday.