Plan ahead for Christmas Dec 9: Shop local. Window shopping is okay, just make sure to do it with those you care about. Dec 11: Start planning your Christmas menu and turn it into a Christmas grocery list. Dec 18: Clean out the fridge. Eat all those leftovers and wipe down those shelves. Make sure you have plenty of space for all that food. Dec 19: Write what tasks need to be done before Christmas (like cleaning) and assign each task a day.