Sometimes I need to remind myself why I plan for the Christmas season all year long? The high level answer is so that I can enjoy the Christmas season and try to make it memorable for others. When I think about what I enjoy most, it is the simple things about Christmas. I plan all year long so that the tasks are manageable, hopefully less stressful, and debt free..... therefor allowing me the time and finances to actually enjoy Christmas. I have made a list about the simple things that I enjoy about Christmas. I hope it inspires you to share why you plan early, and what you enjoy about the Christmas season most! Planning/preparing early for Christmas allows me the freedom to enjoy (in no particular order): The feel good Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel Christmas music on the radio Christmas decorations, both inside and out The cookies!! Not worrying about bad weather/traffic because I have no where to go The cold weather outside and the warm home inside People watching at the mall, should I choose to go out The extra money to do a carriage ride through downtown, a movie, or show with the family Filing boxes for Operation Christmas Child and volunteering time at the ministry service the feeling of pride (I know I shouldn't, but I do) when everyone who thought I was crazy in August are panicking one week before Christmas Yes indeed, after reviewing my list, I will continue to prepare for Christmas year round, looking forward to reaping the benefits!