Planning for a relaxed holiday season will be easy with these free printables that include all of your Christmas planning in one place.
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The truth is, most holiday events don’t really take us by surprise or sneak up on us. Most events happen year after year, and we know they are coming. We just don’t think about them until the week before, or, if you are like me, the night before. Join me for my 14 Days to a Relaxed Holiday Season series, where we start planning early with a simple holiday planner.
Planning for a Relaxed Holiday Season
When planning for the holiday season there are several things to consider, such as:
Holiday Parties and Events
Christmas Gift Shopping
Holiday Cooking and Baking
How to Plan for a Relaxed Holiday Season
First, find your planner or download and use the free printable planning pages for November and December below. I like to use planning pages for special seasons, then transfer dates to my regular planner. I also like to use erasable colored pencils in my planner and on planning pages.
The planning pages will allow you to make lots of changes as you prioritize your holiday activities in the next 21 days. Hopefully, the number of events you originally put on those planning pages will decrease as we work our way through the planning process.
Fill in Annual Events First
We all have those traditional holiday events that happen every year; that church play two Sunday’s before Christmas, the family get together on the Saturday before, the office party on the last day before the holiday break. Pull out your planning pages and pencil those things in now.
Tip: When adding events to your holiday planner, choose one color for those events that are the absolutely immovable events in your holiday season and another color for those that are optional.
Begin Adding Other Events
Every year there are events that I wish we could have attended. These things aren’t on our regular annual list of family and friends get togethers. They are plays my children might enjoy, ministry opportunities and special date nights with my husband. Fill in all of those things so you can see where they fit in with the immovable items you added before.
Make some notes about each of the events you added to the calendar. Holiday events usually require us to have one of two things, or both; a gift or food. Note events that require an RSVP. If you are using the planner pages below, you will have a list of gifts to buy and food items to make on the bottom of your calendar ready for shopping.