The holidays are upon us and creating a to-do list is one of the most helpful ways to get through the holidays without much preparation. Here are some things to consider while you plan your upcoming dinner.

1. Set a budget: Setting a budget and sticking to it is very important. It is easy to get caught up in buying gifts and decorations in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

2. Kids zone: Have a special area for the kids to keep them entertained. A fun activity to try this year is a decoration table with icing and sprinkles to decorate cookies or a gingerbread house kit.

3. Gift list: It's never to early to start buying those Christmas gifts. Consider online sales or the always popular time saving options of gift cards.