Now that Halloween is over we can focus our full attention on Christmas. That’s right, I said it, Christmas. I know there are some of you who are firm believers in not starting Christmas until December, but I’m a realist. I know that with my work schedule and ambitious to-do list, there’s no way that I can get it all done if I wait. I also hate trying to get around in the holiday shopping crowds. Traffic in Houston is bad enough without dealing with crazy people trying to get the last hot toy of the year.
Holiday shopping can make people do things they wouldn’t normally do. It’s my goal this year to avoid that scene all together.
That’s why I’m trying something new. I set a goal to be Wrapped and Done by December One. I can’t remember now where I first heard that phrase, but it stuck with me. What a great idea! Do all of the hard parts of Christmas early so I can actually enjoy the season once December rolls around? Brilliant! No more elbowing my way through the mall the week of Christmas after giving up my search for the ‘perfect gift’ in favor of whatever is closest to the door. When you get to that point you’ve really lost the purpose of giving gifts, and possibly a little bit of your humanity.
And why not start shopping early? All of the holiday stuff is in stores already. Retailers offer incentives in the form of sales/deals for early shoppers. Plus that’s four extra weeks of Christmas music I get to listen to. I love Christmas music. (You can take that as an open invitation to anyone who would like to join me for Christmas caroling this year).
I’m also a planner. I like to make lists and I love to check them twice (get it?). So I created a holiday planner to help keep all my tasks organized, and I want to give it to you completely free! Happy early merry Christmas to you!
What comes in the holiday planner?
This printable holiday planner contains calendars for November and December with all the things you need to do to prepare for Christmas, plus I left plenty of room for you to keep track of all your parties and events in one place.
I also created a checklist that goes along with the calendar. It contains weekly tasks and goals to keep you on track to finish by December 1st.
Most of the holiday planning takes place in November, which leaves December free to enjoy the season. You will have to do a couple things in December, like drop your Christmas cards in the mail, but you’ll do all the work in November to get them ready to go. I also included all the shipping deadlines for USPS to make sure your packages arrive by Christmas.
December’s calendar includes ideas for family holiday activities. You’ll have plenty of time to watch Elf and Rudolph or go look at lights, because this is the year of stress-free holidays!
In addition to the calendars and checklist, your free holiday planner includes guides to plan gifts for everyone on your list, as well as a holiday baking planner and a printable Christmas card list to keep track of the addresses of your friends and family.
I’ll be following along this plan myself, so check back to the blog over the next two months for posts that go along with the weekly goals on the checklist. I’m going to give you tips to not just get this stuff done, but how to make it look like Martha Stewart dropped by to help.
Christmas won’t plan itself, so sign up below to get my free holiday planner delivered instantly to your inbox and get started today!
How do I download the free holiday planner?
When you click the link above you’ll be taken to a page to subscribe to my awesome weekly newsletter, where I send you fun free stuff (like a holiday planner), and occasionally codes for free Starbucks. Say what? …that’s right – free Starbucks. Once you sign up, you have to go to your inbox to confirm, then the planner will automatically be delivered to you to download.
To keep the print quality high and file size low, I only included one of each document, but the beauty of a PDF is that you can print as many of those bad boys as you want. I don’t condone killing trees for no reason, but if we’re talking about increased planning capabilities, I think the benefits outweigh the risks.
Download it today to get started, and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to see how you guys adapt this for your own needs. Send me pictures or comments on Facebook or Instagram and let me know how you like it, because I’d love to share those with my other readers.
If you are totally opposed to starting Christmas before Thanksgiving (I can’t say I understand that logic, but I’m willing to accept it), then just pin the image above to Pinterest to save it for later. The checklist and calendar are designed to help you plan your holidays and get everything done, no matter when you start.
Now I wonder if you can help me make this planner even better? Leave a comment below or on Facebook and tell me, what is your biggest holiday challenge or frustration?