November 16, 2011 by Marci
This weekend, I started on my Christmas lists. My Christmas planning lists, I should say. My goal is to always have my Christmas season planned by Thanksgiving. That way, we can focus on Jesus and what the season really is all about. It’s not all about the hustle and bustle. To me, “hustle and bustle” is just another phrase for “busy”.
The first list (of sorts) I worked on is our calendar. I blogged about my holiday calendar last week at Today’s Housewife. It is essential in keeping the busy out of Christmas. There are lots of events going on during December and most of them are wonderful. But, as my husband says “we can do anything, just not everything”. We have to schedule downtime and rest, too. You can read more about a holiday calendar HERE.
I plan our meals weekly. It helps me make a grocery list, save time, money and sanity. A Christmas menu plan will do the same. I can look at my holiday calendar and determine which event will require food. I decide what food I will make and write it on the calendar or make a separate list. If you are in charge of an entire meal, this printable will really help. It gives to space to write down the menu and space to delegate some of the meal to someone else or a local deli!
I like to have my gifts bought as soon as possible. But, there are sometimes I forget someone or just forget to buy their gift and there I am at the last minute making myself busy. This printable helps me keep track of everyone and what ideas I have for them. It also has a budget and check box to determine if the gift is wrapped or not.
Downloadable Christmas Planners
Of course, if you want a comprehensive holiday planner that will take you from cleaning the house, to trimming the tree to gift giving, here are a couple downloadable planners you might want to look at.
The Fly Lady’s Holiday Control Journal is a great resource. I used to use it every year. Not sure why I’m not this year. Hmmm…
Life…Your Way has incredible printables for everything. Their Christmas Planner is a winner, too.
Hope that helps you get started planning for Christmas. I’ll have more tips and tricks as the holidays approach. (Don’t miss anything! Subscribe to Overcoming Busy’s RSS feed!)
What lists do you make as you get ready for Christmas?