How to prepare for the holidays?

 Make a List (And, Yes—Check It Twice!)

It’s a classic for a reason. Whether you use an app, an Excel sheet or a good old-fashioned notebook, Gallagher recommends getting organized by creating a “Master Holiday To-Do List” with categories for:
Home Preparation: 

List tasks related to cleaning, decluttering, decorating and prepping the kitchen.

Gift-Giving: Include a list of who you’re shopping for, what you’re buying, what needs wrapping, and any homemade gifts you’re planning.

Hosting: Record everything related to menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking and baking.
Holiday Traditions: Note the events you decided on in the last step. This could be things like taking a family portrait, watching a favorite seasonal movie, visiting relatives and more.