Four Easy Ways to Plan Ahead for Christmas

July 25, 2022

My four easy ways to plan ahead for Christmas is the perfect way to join in on some Christmas in July fun! And to prepare for this magical time of year that will be here before we know it!

Four Easy Ways to Plan Ahead for Christmas

About five years ago, I thought Christmas in July was a crazy idea. But then the more I thought about it, the more I realized okay – planning ahead for Christmas is really not that BAD of an idea.

I mean – I do love to plan. Everything.

So why not start at least thinking about Christmas even though it is July??

And truth be told – I am not just talking about planning how to deck your halls for Christmas :).

Back in 2018, I decided taking a vacation in early December was the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. ESPECIALLY AS AN EMPTY NESTER!

So in early December 2018, my husband and I went to London and Paris to enjoy some holiday magic together. And let me tell you – I was hooked on this new tradition of ours! A holiday getaway to anyplace colder than San Diego in December with twinkle lights everywhere PLUS cobblestone streets and Christmas markets (with wine!) has seriously become my favorite trip of the year.

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You can read about my travel guide for London at Christmas time here!

And then be sure to check out my Alsace, France travel guide here. Because that destination should 100% be on a Christmas trip bucket list that you want to make ;)!

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I am participating in a Christmas in July blog hop today too! If you are coming here from Kristin at White Arrows Home – hi there! You will find a little bit of everything here at Pasha is Home. But most importantly – I hope you feel welcomed and that you have a friend here in this little corner of the web ;).

There are a lot more bloggers participating in this hop – be sure to scroll down to see all their fun Christmas in July inspiration too!

Now on to the planning…

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Photo courtesy of Linen and Flax Instagram account

Make a Christmas Folder on Instagram

To be perfectly honest, I am assuming you actually HAVE a Christmas folder on Instagram AND Pinterest by now.

But in the off chance you do not- go make one now! This is where I get ALL of my inspiration for the holidays.

And it is also what gets me super excited right about now for the upcoming fall and holiday seasons!!

Our kitchen looks A LOT different than it did last Christmas which means I will be changing my kitchen decor this year.

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The above photo is of my Christmas kitchen last year.

And this is my new kitchen below!

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So I clearly need to plan ahead for Christmas this year for my kitchen. At least for that new set of open shelves and above the new bifold window…

Here are a few of my inspiration photos from Instagram for these new spaces:

photo courtesy of Erin from The Sunnyside Up Blog
photo courtesy of Cali Girl in a Southern World
photo courtesy of The Ginger Home

As you are probably aware – the quantity of talented and inspirational bloggers on Instagram (and Pinterest) is practically unlimited. You are sure to find something that speaks to you on either platform.

But trust me when I say – if you don’t save your inspo photos to a folder on Instagram, you very likely will have an IMPOSSIBLE time finding it again!

So save those posts to folders!!

Make a Christmas Board on Pinterest

Along the same lines of having a Christmas folder on Instagram – you absolutely must have a Pinterest board for every holiday! But mostly Thanksgiving and Christmas ;).

I hope you are following my Pinterest page because besides pinning my own Christmas blog posts for you to easily find, I also save anything that catches my eye on that app.

Here are just a few of the inspo photos I have found on Pinterest that are helping me decide what to do in the above mentioned spaces in my new kitchen:

photo courtesy of Work your Closet
photo courtesy of The Southern Honey

As you can probably tell – I am fixated on garlands, orange slices, and bows.

The wheels are already spinning in my head as to what kind of garland will look good now that my kitchen window is more than double the size that it used to be.

Thus the more inspo photos I can find right now – the better!

So I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have that Pinterest board now!

AND START LOOKING AT IT! Because if we learned anything the last two years – it is that shipping is taking FOREVER.

And don’t even get me started on the supply chain issues…

Look for Christmas in July Deals

This one is definitely quite a bit trickier than just making boards and folders on an app.

Most websites do not have their specifically Christmas decor available quite yet.

However, artificial Christmas trees are ALWAYS on sale in July! So if you are looking to invest in a new tree – now is the time to do it!

My favorite trees are from Balsam Hill (not an affiliate – just love the quality of their trees!). And most of their trees are up to 50% off right now. We got our 12 foot living room tree at this time last year for a lot cheaper than if we would have waited until November…

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A favorite garland of mine is also on sale RIGHT NOW! I will be sharing my Christmas favorites on my Instagram stories over the next few months – so be sure to keep your eye on those ;).

Plan your Christmas Getaway NOW

I mean – this probably goes without saying that I have started planning my Christmas getaway already 🤪.

And if you are thinking of doing one too – now is the time to start researching and making those reservations.

My husband’s work situation is keeping him home this holiday season but lucky for me – my two daughters were more than willing to take his place for this annual tradition of mine ;). We will be exploring parts of the UK for our holiday adventure ;).

I have already got our itinerary planned out. Truth be told, this trip was supposed to be taken in fall 2020. And we all know why that didn’t happen.

But it is finally happening and I couldn’t be more excited! Plus I put so much time and energy into planning the itinerary back in 2020 so it is nice that my efforts did not go to waste 😂.

Be sure to go to my Christmas travel page if you are looking for ideas on where you can take a magical holiday adventure of your own!

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I hope my four easy ways to plan ahead for Christmas were at the very least inspiring to you in getting ready to be in the Christmas mindset again! It sure feels like this year is FLYING so I know this beloved magical season is right around the corner.

I honestly cannot wait to see what the new holiday decor arrivals are in the stores this year. However, besides my kitchen window and new open shelves, I do not expect to be changing much else in my home as far as holiday decor goes.

Most of my favorites from years past are pretty timeless so I am hoping to be able to once again link to many of them for all of you once they start appearing on the websites ;).

Don’t forget about the Christmas in July blog hop I have joined today – especially my good friend Jen from Tater Tots and Jello. She always has such fun and inspiring suggestions for any time of year but most especially these fun holiday craft ideas!!

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Oh Christmas isn’t just a day,

It’s a frame of mind.

~ Miracle on 34th Street

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Have a wonderful day my friend! I hope something makes you smile today ;).

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  1. […] by the fabulous Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse!! If you are visiting from Pasha’s site, Pasha is Home, welcome! Pasha has such an incredible home and I love seeing it all decked out for the holidays!! […]

  2. Emma sivewright says:

    My four easy ways to plan ahead for Christmas is the perfect way to join in on some Christmas in July fun! And to prepare for this magical time of year that will be here before we know it!

    Four Easy Ways to Plan Ahead for Christmas
    About five years ago, I thought Christmas in July was a crazy idea. But then the more I thought about it, the more I realized okay – planning ahead for Christmas is really not that BAD of an idea.

    I mean – I do love to plan. Everything.

    So why not start at least thinking about Christmas even though it is July??

    And truth be told – I am not just talking about planning how to deck your halls for Christmas :).

    Back in 2018, I decided taking a vacation in early December was the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. ESPECIALLY AS AN EMPTY NESTER!

    So in early December 2018, my husband and I went to London and Paris to enjoy some holiday magic together. And let me tell you – I was hooked on this new tradition of ours! A holiday getaway to anyplace colder than San Diego in December with twinkle lights everywhere PLUS cobblestone streets and Christmas markets (with wine!) has seriously become my favorite trip of the year.

    Four easy ways to plan ahead for Christmas | Christmas travel | Christmas destinations | Christmas decor ideas | Christmas on Instagram | Christmas on Pinterest | Seven Dials in London at Christmas time | Holiday ideas | Prepare for Christmas | Prepare for the holidays | Get inspired for Christmas

    #christmasplanning #christmas #christmasdecor #christmastravel
    You can read about my travel guide for London at Christmas time here!

    And then be sure to check out my Alsace, France travel guide here. Because that destination should 100% be on a Christmas trip bucket list that you want to make ;)!

    Four easy ways to plan ahead for Christmas | Christmas travel | Christmas destinations | Christmas decor ideas | Christmas on Instagram | Christmas on Pinterest | Seven Dials in London at Christmas time | Holiday ideas | Prepare for Christmas | Prepare for the holidays | Get inspired for Christmas

    #christmasplanning #christmas #christmasdecor #christmastravel
    I am participating in a Christmas in July blog hop today too! If you are coming here from Kristin at White Arrows Home – hi there! Lumbar Laminectomy Adelaide

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  5. I love all your plan ahead ideas for Christmas Pasha, but I think my favorite one is planning a getaway. I can’t wait to see how you decorate your kitchen for the holidays this year.

    • You are so kind Kim!! I do love my Christmas getaway – especially now that the kids are all out of the house – it helps get us in the holiday spirit :)! ANd thank you for the kitchen decor encouragement!!

  6. Jennifer says:

    My favorite pic is the shot of your kitchen sink with the orange garland and little tree! So simple and pretty!

  7. I love your four easy ways to plan ahead for Christmas, especially the holiday getaway. What a great idea for empty nesters to escape and do something on their own. So smart! Happy Christmas in July Pasha!

  8. Kim says:

    Your home is so beautiful! Can’t wait to see how you decorate your kitchen this season. If you ever want to travel to the mitten, before Christmas, let me know!! It’s cold and snowy here!

  9. Jen says:

    Beautiful, as always my friend and I enjoyed all of the tips and inspiration you shared. Happy to be hopping with you this week! Pinned!

  10. Renae says:

    Pasha, This is such a great post. So many great tips. It was so much fun hopping with you. It was such a pleasure meeting you this week. Hugs and blessings to you.

  11. Amber says:

    Oh how I want to go back to london again! It has been many years and your post really makes me wan t to fast forward my Scotland and France trip next year! I have a lot of ancestry from the Alsace region, so its on my life bucket list to visit. I never thought about Christmas, but after this post I think that is when I will visit!

    All of your other Christmas ideas are wonderful. I am obsessed with garlands and orange slices too! Love your new window, so pretty!

    Happy Christmas in July!

    • Oh Amber – I can definitely support a decision to visit London or the Alsace region at Christmas time – heck any place in Europe does an amazing job of getting us in the holiday spirit!

  12. Andrea says:

    I’m excited to find your blog and see the travel guides. Alsace looks so magical. Your bifold windows are so nice. Would love to know what manufacturer you used. I have bifold windows in my kitchen but they need to be replaced. Fun to hop with you.

    • Hi Andrea!!! Thank you my sweet friend!! Our bifold window and door came from Panoramic Doors! So far so good ;)! And Alsace at Christmas should absolutely be on everyone’s bucket list ;)!

  13. What a great post. Thank you for the tips to help us organize and be inspired for the holidays.

  14. Cindy says:

    So much beautiful inspiration. Great hopping with you

  15. Jennifer says:

    Hi Pasha!

    I loved all of your ideas on planning ahead for Christmas. As my kids have gotten older and now I only have one left at home, I love the idea of traveling around the holidays and seeing traditions from different countries. I can’t wait to see how you decorate your kitchen this year!

    xoxo

    • Oh Jen – it is the best way to get in the holiday spirit especially when all the traditions start changing with empty nesting!!! Cannot wait to see where you go first ;)!

  16. Jenn says:

    I absolutely love this idea about traveling at Christmas! What an amazing vacation!

    • I was quite scared the first year we did it – especially since we went so far away to London – but it was perfect! And quite helpful to get in the holiday spirit in this new chapter of life ;)!

  17. CoCo says:

    Such a great idea to plan holiday inspiration trips in advance! I definitely need to that this year. Hope your summer has been filled with all good things, CoCo

    • Oh CoCo – I hope you are able to go someplace that makes you happy during the holidays!! It has become one of my favorite holiday traditions to look forward to ;)!

  18. Saralou says:

    Loved your Chritmas trip idea!

    Have you ever considered changing the font of your posts. I found it extremely difficult to read. Maybe just bolding it would make the difference, but the size and brightness was hard for my old eyes.

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  21. Wow, great post about planning! Thanks for sharing and lovely hopping with you!

  22. stacy says:

    Pasha it was AWESOME to meet you at haven and I love all of your ideas. I need to make a folder on IG – great tip!

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  24. Rachel says:

    Pasha,
    I loved these Christmas Get Away Ideas. I wanna go. So fun and creative. Thanks so much for sharing all the great ideas today.

  25. robyn huff says:

    So many fun ideas for your Christmas decor, pasha! Love it!

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