Countdown to an Organized Christmas: The Calendar

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{If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series you can find them here.}

OK, yesterday we talked about why we want to build a Christmas Control Journal.  And if you’re back with me today you’re either really bored or you’re tired of the chaos and craziness of the holidays that rob you of your Christmas spirit.  I hope it’s more of the latter. 🙂

Today we’re going to start putting things together.  If you’re going to be using sheet protectors (they do make the pages more durable) just throw them in the binder for now.  We’ll just start adding pages almost every day and sort them later.  Eventually you’ll probably want to get tab dividers to help organize things so you can find them more quickly, but wait until you have a good idea of how you want to section off your CCJ.  {Note: Sheet protectors usually stick out past normal tab dividers, so don’t waste your money on them.  Ask me how I know.  Either make your own (maybe with cut down Post-it notes and tape?) or buy tabs to add to your sheet protectors.}

So what’s the first thing that we need to have if we’re going to have a stress-free (or as close as it gets) Christmas season?

OK, the first thing besides unlimited funds.  I can’t help you there.

A calendar!

That’s right.  A calendar.  You know, one you’ll actually write things down on and check regularly.  (Crazy concept, right?)

If you think about it for a minute I’m sure you can already think of a few things that need to go on that calendar.  Family Christmas dinners, nativity plays at church, office parties, kid’s parties, Sunday School parties… even some birthday parties.  It can get crazy.  I started writing stuff down on my Christmas calendar in September!

How many times have you overbooked yourself — or not accepted an invitation because of a coinciding event you thought you had?  Yeah.  Not fun.

The larger families get, the more chaotic it is to try and find a date to get everyone together.  And who wants to wait until the last minute to plan that?  So if you don’t already have a set-in-stone family Christmas date, please do yourself a favor and start on that now before the calendar starts filling up and it is next to impossible to find a good date for everyone.

My siblings, parents, and the spouses all draw a name for Christmas and buy only that one person a present.  (We all buy for the kiddos.)  If it were up to them we would draw names in the middle of December.  Seriously.  And I always hear an earful when I start mentioning it in August.  I want to go ahead and draw the name so I can be on the lookout for the perfect present (especially if I can find it on sale!).  I usually have all of my Christmas shopping done by December 1st.  It’s such a sanity saver… and a budget saver too!

That’s just one more way I have my stress free holidays!

And now, the homework:

Today’s Assignment:  Print a calendar for the holiday months and stick it in your binder.  You can either hole punch it or stick it in sheet protectors.  (I choose to hole punch mine because I didn’t want to have to keep taking it out of the sheet protectors to write on it.)  And don’t forget to start filling it out with the dates you already have scheduled for the holiday season!

Today’s Printable:  I’ve created a blank calendar for November and December that you may print and fill in as needed.  Each day has a little room to jot down things to do or places to be for the day.  Use this one or any other you choose, just make sure you use one!  Click here to download -> CCJ calendar (this one has boxes you can check off) or CCJ blank calendar (this one is completely blank).

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  1. Pingback: Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Holiday Baking | Happily A Homemaker

  2. Pingback: Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Binder Prep and Organizing | Happily A Homemaker

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