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What You Need to Get Ready for Next Christmas from Kevin Gardner's blog

It’s never too early to start thinking about next Christmas. In fact, getting started early is a great plan of attack. You’re likely to find many items you want and need for Christmas on sale if you purchase them well before the start of the holiday season. If you act too late, these same items will be much more expensive and may sell out in stores.


You’ll be prepared, and you’ll save a lot of money in the process. That money then could be used for other things when Christmas actually rolls around such as gifts for your family and friends. Americans spend on average nearly $1,000each year on Christmas gifts. However, what should you buy for next Christmas to prepare? Here’s a list of some of the top necessities you should consider buying early for the next holiday season.


An Artificial Christmas Tree

The centerpiece of any Christmas holiday is always a home’s Christmas tree. The inclusion of a Christmas tree really marks the season and can make your family excited about the holiday. Decorating it and opening gifts that have been placed under it are some of the most fun parts of the Christmas season.


However, purchasing a real tree can be somewhat of a hassle. Transporting it to your home can be difficult and painstaking. You can also only use it once. It can even present a serious fire hazard if the tree dries out. USA Today reported that there about 230 Christmas tree firesreported each year.


One simple solution is to purchase an artificial Christmas tree instead. Artificial Christmas trees aremuch less hassle. They’re far safer. Best of all, they can be used again and again for years. This helps spread out your investment and allows you to save money each year on Christmas as a result. If you buy your artificial Christmas tree during the off season, you’ll save even more money. You’re also likely to receive free shipping, saving you the trouble of transporting it to your home.


LED Christmas Lights

Something else the Christmas holiday is certainly associated with is festive Christmas light displays. If you want to decorate your home for Christmas and get your family in the holiday mood, Christmas lights are an absolute necessity. You don’t want your house looking dark and gloomy compared to the Christmas light displays on your neighbors’ homes.


However, traditional incandescent Christmas lights have many downsides. For one, the bulbs burn very hot. This results in them burning out faster and needing to be constantly replaced. They also use a whole lot of electricity. This will have a pretty negative effect on your utility bills, and it isn’t great for the environment either.


One solution is to invest in LED Christmas lights to replace your incandescent Christmas light strings. They’ll last longer. They’ll use far less electricity as well. According to the Department of Energy, LED lights with an ENERGY STAR rating use a whopping 75 percent lesselectricity than standard incandescent lights.


Christmas Tree Ornaments

Of course, a Christmas tree cannot be left bare. It’s the decorations that really bring it to life in your living room. Christmas decorations can also be very expensive, and you’ll need a lot of them to decorate a large tree. Consider buying your Christmas tree decorations early. You may find discounts not available during the holiday season. It can also be quite enjoyable. Certain Christmas themed stores are open all year long. Visiting one to purchase ornaments during the off season can be a lot of fun for you and your family.


Overall, the Christmas season can be a hectic and stressful time despite the fact you want to enjoy it so much. There is a lot to do and a lot of money that must be spent. Try to prepare early. This can remove some of that stress so you can take it easier during the holidays.


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By Kevin Gardner
Added Feb 13

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