As you prepare for this Christmas,
setting your goals and planning ahead will help you
avoid chaos while feeling more grounded and in control
The end of December is a chaotic time, no matter where you are. Gifts, decorations, chores, food, events, travel, visitors – even if you are able to delegate some of your tasks, this time of year is a daunting exercise in planning and logistics. And it’s so easy to get lost in all the chaos and miss out on the most important thing – you, getting some well-earned rest and relaxation.
With this in mind, I designed my annual Christmas planner to help you achieve clarity and minimise holiday chaos – and this year, based on reader feedback for past editions, the planner is bigger and better than ever!
To use the Christmas planner, just print out the pages you need, fill them out, and just glance at your notes to know where you are in the many processes going on at once this time of year. There are separate worksheets from errands to decorations to gifts and self-care, and even intentions and reflections.
Here’s what you get when you download the Christmas planner
Part 1 – Christmas planning essentials
- A quick guide to how to make the most of the planner
- Calendars for November and December 2017, for important dates and tasks
- Setting intentions for the holidays
- Your top 10 things that make Christmas Christmas
- Decorations — tree, wreath & around the house
- Advent Calendar gift ideas
- Stocking fillers
- Gift Lists for friends and family
- Handmade gifts (with progress tracker!)
- Giftwrapping checklist
- Chores and cleaning – beat the overwhelm with priority sorting
- List of Shops & websites
- Address book for people you want to send Christmas cards to
- Menu planner and menu scheduler with shopping list
- Packing list for Christmas travel
- Checklist for when you’re having guests
- Emergency planner for when unexpected guests arrive! :)
Part 2 – Your Christmas Spirit
- Tradition list for everything you want to keep & hope to try out this year
- Giving back to your community
- Music, films and stories for the holiday
- Christmas activity list
- Pictures to take — what would you like to document to look back on 5-10-20 years from now?
- All About You — your pampering to-do list to make yourself shine!
- Notes — a lined page for your brainstorming and extra ideas that don’t fit elsewhere
Part 3 & 4 – Rounding off the year
- New Year’s Eve guest list, menu planning & decor ideas
- Looking back – 5 prompts for you and your loved ones to reflect on
Remember: above anything else, focus on staying calm and connected. This is a big workbook, and I designed it so you can do any of it, but at the same time you don’t have to do all of it to make it work. I designed this planner to reduce stress, not add to it. :) So in order not to overwhelm yourself, only print the pages you need.
I hope this planner helps you with your holiday preparations! x
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