Welcome to November my friends! Now that we’ve turned the page on the calendar, may I be so bold as to point out that we are just a little more than 7 weeks out until Christmas?! Yikes! It's time to do some holiday planning!
I think that the key to having a stress-free holiday is to spend some time planning ahead. A few years ago I made the decision that I wanted to spend my holidays intentionally– doing the things that are important to my family and eliminating the holiday “to-do’s” that were not adding to any personal joy. So watching those adorable claymation Christmas shows is a “yes”, but making handmade Christmas cards is “out”!
If you are ready to start doing a little holiday planning (and I hope you are!), here are some great free holiday planning printables to get you started!
Holiday Timeline Planner:
We try to do so many things during the holiday season- decorate our homes, shop for gifts, send holiday cards, bake delicious treats from our kitchen- that it can feel overwhelming when you write it all down! So I like to plot it all out on a timeline and assign just one or two things to accomplish each week. Here's the planner I made for myself last year that I am re-using this year:
And I created this blank Holiday Planner for you to use and fill in with your own activities. Laying all of the tasks out on a timeline really helps to break it all down into manageable steps!
Need Help Planning an Intentional Holiday?
Do you need to cut back on everything you try to do during the holiday season so that you can actually enjoy the holidays with your family? This checklist helps you to narrow down what is important and put it all out onto a calendar. You can download your copy of the Holiday Planning Checklist here.
Holiday Gift Lists
Not only do we have the holidays, but we also have two kids with birthdays coming up as well- so it helps if I can start gathering gifts ideas now, not only for myself, but for the Grandmas who are already wondering what to buy the kids! And noooo…. my kids are not each going to receive 36 gifts this year! They usually receive 4-5 gifts from Santa, one “family gift” from Mom & Dad and 1-2 gifts from each of their grandparents. These sheets just leave lots of room for brainstorming and crossing things off. You can download your copy of the Holiday Gift Wish List here.
Are you starting to think about the holiday season?