Do what you can as early as you can
We can’t prove this, but there’s an old saying that the cheeriest people during the holidays are the ones who plan ahead. And sure, there are some holiday preparations that you simply have to do at the last minute, like cooking a turkey or grocery shopping for perishable items, but there are a lot of things you can do early, so that you can actually enjoy the holidays without an encroaching “to-do” list. This includes giving your home a deep clean, creating your budget, shopping for presents, making cookies (you can freeze dough for up to three months), and planning travel arrangements.
The more you plan ahead, the sooner you’ll be able to get back to what’s important: Mariah Carey’s Christmas album blasting at full volume, and spreading cheer to your friends and family. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are really about?