Planning ahead for the holidays

Halloween hasn’t actually passed yet, but a lot of the stores already have their Christmas offerings up. It isn’t all bad, though — if you start planning for the holidays now, it’ll be a breeze, and all that Happy Holidays stuff is already out and ready to be picked up.

My holiday season doesn’t just start in October, though. There’s an awful lot of magazines that you have to query three to six months ahead of time. That means that Christmas really is on my mind in July, as I’m trying to put together letters to editors. And as fun as Christmas is, I really like being able to think about Halloween earlier in the year.

Holiday planning shouldn’t just be limited to query letters, either. Beyond the fact that most people make plans for some sort of family celebration in the next two months, consider the fact that this is an ideal time to remind clients that you exist and get on their radar for the coming year. Even a simple card wishing receivers well in the winter months can  get clients thinking about you.

All of this takes planning ahead — if you’re sending out big batches of holiday cards (which is one of my favorite parts of the season), you need to start now. After all, you have to find or make cards, figure out who you plan to send them to, get addresses and then write the cards themselves. And that’s just cards!

And just a side note: Hanukkah starts on December 4th. It’s coming up fast and if you celebrate it, it’s time to get cooking!


  1. Janet Riehl   •  

    Good tip about starting early with the holiday cards…for me, I skip Christmas entirly and send out Valentine cards to those I love and treasure.

    Just a bit of village wisdom for the 21st century, you know?


  2. MizGing   •  

    Thanks for reminding me that it’s time to max out my cards again. I didn’t have enough stress in my life. I adore Christmas and all it stands for, but expectations exceed my credit limits this year. What happened to those ninety-eight cent toys that kids loved? Now they want $59.99 games for their game boy. If your lucky, you’ve already gotten past buying that actual electronic device that requires a second loan on your home.

    As for cooking, I don’t. But thanks to your early detection blog, I’ll make a note on my ‘to list’ to call Kroger’s and order my holiday boxed dinner. You can’t beat ’em. Wisdom comes with age. Take it out of the containers and act like you fixed it. The raves are fantastic. *lol*

    Hope you’ll drop by my blog and check out the lunacy that goes on in my life.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Vicky DeCoster   •  

    I absolutely hate sending out holiday cards every year, but I love getting the cards from others. I find it entertaining to read about only the positive events in my friends/relatives’ lives for the past year – nothing about how their boss made them mad 364 days out of 365, that their kid was in detention 65 times for forgetting his homework, and that one night the dog ate the curtains and all their clean underwear while they were at the grocery store. Aaah, the holidays. Don’t you love it?

    Love the blog!
    Kindest regards,
    Vicky DeCoster

  4. Steven Clark Bradley   •  

    Hi Thursday,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Yea, my novel is a bit of a wild ride, but has some great challenges to those who read it. Your blog is great! Sounds like you are really busy and into your work! I appreciate meeting you!

    Steven Clark Bradley

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