Getting Ready to Celebrate New Year

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One of the reasons the holidays are so busy is because, as you know, there is only a week between Christmas and New Year. At no other time of the year are there two major holidays so close together. As well, despite being very different types of holidays, they both often involve preparing big meals and either attending or hosting parties.

Of course getting ready for the celebrations is as important as the festivities themselves. This year you can make your life easier by doing some specific planning.

Planning on a big New Year's party at your house?

Consider setting aside some of the budget for extra domestic help the week after Christmas. Many hands make light work. Having good help to shop, clean, cook and decorate leaves you free to send invitations and other needed tasks.

The day of the party you'll have much more time for those last minute items if you've got reliable assistants. Give yourself that much more time to plan and execute by getting help on post-Christmas clean up, too.

That practice used to be commonplace, even among those with very limited incomes and no friends or relatives to help out. After all, they're often busy with their own holiday plans. Revive an old tradition and spend a little on your own peace of mind. It will pay dividends many times over.

Whatever your plans for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, accept that these two days could be quite busy.

Take a look at your other tasks and plans and decide which can be pushed off a week or so. Vet trips, the kids athletic and entertainment activities, gym visits.... The list of possibilities is endless.

A long list of habitual tasks can tie up anyone full time. They'll vary from individual to individual. But anyone can find things that don't have to be done today.

For example, pay the bills in advance so they don't have to be dealt with that week. Put off doctor visits and other appointments, if possible.

If you find that your schedule is extremely busy accept fewer invitations the week after Christmas.

By keeping your stress low you will also help maintain your health during a season that for some is often full of tension. Plan ahead and you'll be able to enjoy the holiday that much more.

What are your New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day plans?

Happy New Year Everyone!



    • Holly@ClubThrifty

      Holly@ClubThrifty 12/27/2012 5:16 a.m. #

      I am staying off the roads this year because of the drunk crazies.

      Happy New Year!

    • Pauline

      Pauline 12/27/2012 6:56 a.m. #

      The plan is just to relax on the beach and watch the fireworks all around the lake. The informal setting makes it easier to have an informal gathering, and we should be 8 at most. I used to put too much effort into wanting to do the perfect thing over New Year, after a couple of disappointments, I like to be cozy at home.

    • AverageJoe

      AverageJoe 12/27/2012 8:14 a.m. #

      We are going to have four couples over and have a Ticket to Ride tournament, then play some party games, and finally ring in the New Year.

      That's on top of huge amounts of eating and maybe an occasional adult beverage or two....

    • krantcents

      krantcents 12/27/2012 8:59 a.m. #

      We are getting together with friends, but we are going out. On New Year's Day, it is all about the bowl games!

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 12/27/2012 4 a.m. #

      @Glen - That sounds exciting Glen! Lots of partying. My husband's birthday is right after New Year as well.

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 12/27/2012 6 a.m. #

      @Holly - That unfortunately is a big concern here as well.

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 12/27/2012 8 a.m. #

      @Pauline - You have the perfect setting to celebrate in. Enjoy!

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 12/27/2012 8:30 a.m. #

      @AverageJoe - I've never heard of a Ticket to Ride tournament. What's that all about?

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 12/27/2012 10 a.m. #

      @Krantcents - You'll be busy both days! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun!

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      Sean @ One Smart Dollar 12/27/2012 10:56 a.m. #

      I am planning on spending new years at home this year with the wife and baby.

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 12/27/2012 11:11 a.m. #

      @Sean - Sounds perfect! Keep warm and enjoy yourself!

    • DC @ Young Adult Money

      DC @ Young Adult Money 12/27/2012 2:24 p.m. #

      I have no plans at this time for New Year's Eve. New Year's Day I will be working on the blog and spending time with my wife.

    • KK @ Student Debt Survivor

      KK @ Student Debt Survivor 12/30/2012 1:16 p.m. #

      We don't really have plans for New Year's Eve. The bf has to work so we might go out for dinner when he gets home. I've been spending this whole weekend planning posts for January. Wishing you a safe, happy and prosperous 2013!

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