It's November, people. Time to panic. OK, not really panic, but it would be smart and sensible to get started on a few of your holiday tasks before it's too late–and before you find yourself double-booked on Christmas parties with nothing to wear.
Get Everything on a Calendar
It doesn't matter if you're digital or analog or the kind of person who keeps their dates only in their head, getting all your commitments onto paper (er–"paper") around the holidays will help make sense of the chaotic party season. Get whatever dates you already know–family travel or work parties–onto the calendar and avoid double booking.
Buy Design-y Wrapping Paper
The bottom of the bin on December 24th is not a pretty place to be, unless you happen to prefer cartoon reindeer. Shop now and you'll get the best paper picks.
Send Your Holiday Frocks to the Dry Cleaners
You know that really fabulous and festive dress you love to break out around the holidays? Pull it out of the closet now and check it over for any tears or stains you might have missed last year. If it's unfixable, you have time to shop for something new. If it's in great shape, drop it off at the dry cleaners.
Get a Start on Anything You Want to DIY
Think through the things you know you want to make–cards, gifts, food–and determine if there's anything you can make ahead of time.
Update Your Address List & Order Holiday Cards
Check over last year's list to make sure you have the right locations for everyone (and do a little purge if you need to). Then add in any new friends from the year. Put in an order for holiday cards as soon as you know how many you'll need, lest you be the ones sending "Season's Greetings" in January.