One more week and it will be October. Many of us are still harvesting 'something' and canning and freezing and dehydrating. But the time is coming to a close pretty soon. This year has flown by - we all feel it. SO - think how fast the remainder of the year will go!
One more month and it will be Halloween time. Two months is Thanksgiving here in U.S. Canada Day will be soon upon us. Christmas is 3 months from yesterday!!!!! YIKES
Is anyone getting ready or thinking about things?
Coming up in the next couple of months HOPEFULLY there will be some deals on baking goods, candy (chocolate) and gift ideas. Many foods are seasonal and it will time to stock up on those as well. Yams, potatoes, turkey, ham, bread and stuffing goods, apples, cranberries, pumpkins............
It will be the time to take advantage to stock up for the winter months. Get items as cheaply as possible and be ready for winter.
Lots of things are on clearance now as well. Nothing says Christmas gifts have to be winter related. Think about clothes, pool items, fishing goods, camping/hiking, gardening items, etc. Get a little creative!
I plan on doing the gift/goody bags for adults again this year. Everyone loves them and expects them.
I usually include homemade salsa, jelly, relish, summer sausage, cookies (their special grandma cookies), and any special items that they may love. Some it is special olives, cheeses, soups, canned products, sauces, trail mixes, nuts, rice & soup mixes - you get it, all sorts of yummies.
This year I have no baby blankets to make - all the babies have been covered!!! My niece still wants one done eventually with the baby clothes - but that isn't Christmas.
Any teens now get money or a gift card, plus a small goody bag of fun stuff of their own. Fuzzy socks, maybe jammies, candy and special items they like, etc.
The littles - well, there is where I will need to get creative this year. One is really into crafty stuff and loves being artistic (he is 4 1/2). I got a couple plain birdhouses the other day for him and will get other items to paint and all the paints. He gets excited with everything!
Maybe baby doll blankets for the little girls or books or art stuff. Most of the littles get so much stuff these days - it gets tough to come up with something. Hmmm - maybe cute hats and gloves - but not real exciting when you are little!!!!
Are you all making any plans yet? Are you thinking about all the goodies you need to stock for the upcoming holidays and/or winter?
I saw my first Christmas commercial on TV Sunday evening. It was a Glade commercial. My goodness, they do rush the seasons. Every place has stuff for sale!
It would be nice to do one thing at a time - you know, like the good old days!!!!!!!!!!!
But money speaks today!
But yes, even me - here doing a post about the upcoming holidays - it has bit us all!! I do know with holiday gifts - it does take time and effort and some money - so people plan ahead for that.
You got any great ideas to share with us all this year? I would love some new thoughts.
Have a great FALL day to everyone!