It’s that time of year again when things can sometimes get a little hectic. To help you get through all the holiday to-dos, I’ve created a Christmas planner (17 pages) that covers stressful events like menu planning and shopping. And yes, it’s free.
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End of the year holidays can get overwhelming. Let’s check out both Christmas planners and all that they have to offer in getting your Christmas organized.
Quick Links to Info Below
- 1 Christmas Planner Contents
- 2 Christmas Planner Contents (Premium Version)
- 3 Planner Essentials
- 4 Ready for Less Stress?
Christmas Planner Contents
The scheduling section of the free Christmas planner comes with a half-pre-filled master to-do list and a budget page. Use the master list to add all those little things we tend to forget and use the budgeter to keep yourself from overspending (been there, done that).
If you and your family enjoy watching Christmas movies, I’ve included a schedule for those (this is actually part of my Making Christmas Magical for Kids post). Just enter the movie, the day it will be broadcasted on television and the network airing it.
If you have any of these movies on DVD you can simply write the date you want to watch your movie under the ‘broadcast’ date instead.
In this section, you will find a menu planner, grocery shopping list, and Secret Santa strips if you are hosting this activity. Simply enter the person’s name, with the gift limit, and date of exchange. Then cut out each strip, fold, and put them in your Secret Santa bowl/bag.
Christmas Wish List
Normally, I make copies of this “My Christmas Wish List” sheet for each of my family members and give them this at the start of the year.
I am horrible at picking out gifts so this helps me get the person exactly what they want. I refer to these lists for birthdays, anniversaries, and other gift-giving times of the year.
What I like about doing this is that it gives the person a chance to really think about what they are wanting. As months go by, they begin to whittle down their list of things they “thought” they wanted. That CD they wanted in February isn’t so appealing after a ton of plays on the radio months later.
And while this method seems like it would take the fun out of gift-giving as the receiver opens their present, I assure it does not.
The rule we follow in my home is that you “can” buy things from the list, but you must also buy something that is not. This way, there is at least one surprise gift under the tree.
If you try this with your own family, consider keeping these lists in a centralized location like a home management binder. This way, you don’t have to always ask for their list before a special day.
It will also prevent anyone from losing their list. By the way, I use this same list for other gift-giving days like birthdays, Father’s Day, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, etc.
Other Gift Lists
If you don’t want to use the above method, I’ve also included a “Gifts for the Family” page that you can take along with you as you shop.
The third sheet in this section, Gifts for Friends, includes a part for gifts and tips for service workers. I listed the most common service workers that you may want to give a gift to. Extra lines are provided if I missed anyone.
Stocking Stuffers list is just that, a list you can use to brain dump gift ideas. It is also great for keeping track of any homemade items you plan on creating and putting in their stocking.
Shopping Events Planner
If you are a die-hard Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopper, then these next pages are for you. The Black Friday planner will help you as you try to find deals at the best price and store.
There is also a column so you can list the page number of the flyer in which you find your deal. This is especially helpful when shopping at stores that match the prices of competing retailers.
The Black Friday Scheduler will help you plan your routes as you shop so that you are not wasting gas and time zigzagging across town. Plan your trips so that you don’t spend your entire day shopping.
You may also want to schedule a lunch break at your preferred dining location by listing it by the store(s) you will be shopping at during that time.
The Cyber Monday planner is simple and has a column where you can list any coupon codes you come across while searching for your items.
In this section, I’ve created three extra pages you may find helpful. They include a decorations inventory page, Christmas card list and of course, a Thank You tracker.
If your decorations are a mess and/or you need to replace some, consider using the inventory page in this section. I don’t know about you but every year I forget a Christmas item after storing everything away. It drives me nuts when I have to haul a bin back out again just to place an item or two that I missed.
And finally, have your Thank You’s Tracker handy when opening gifts. It will make remembering who got what from who when writing out your thank you cards.
Christmas Planner Contents (Premium Version)
For the premium version, you get all of the above plus 18 more pages listed below for only $4.00. Take a look below to see what else you can get.
Along with your master to-do list, budget page, and movie scheduler, you’ll receive both a November and December calendar to help mark events. It is not dated so that you can reprint them year after year.
Also, included is a weekly to-do list so that you can fill it with all the errands you need to make.
The cleaning schedule is a must when having guests over during the holidays. It covers a two-week span up until the day of your event.
Whether you are mailing Christmas cards or gifts, the postal schedule will make sure your items arrive on time. Again, this postal schedule is not filled in so that you can use it perpetually.
The post office’s website provides holiday deadlines for various services every year (I have provided a link to this webpage on this sheet.) Just fill in the ones you need. Gray boxes mean that that particular service is not available.
If you received our Thanksgiving planner, then this section will look familiar. It contains an invitations tracker as well as recipe sheets (4 whole recipe pages/ and 4 half-section pages for a total of 8 pages).
Season of Giving Section
This 3-page section helps track your charity whether you donate money, goods, or your time. It will especially come in handy as you complete your returns for the upcoming tax season.
And this covers our paid version of the Christmas planner. If you are ready to get the premium version of our Christmas Planner, <—-click here. It’s only $4.00!
Below is a list of some items to help put your Christmas planner together.
Ready for Less Stress?
My hope is that you will find both Christmas planner versions helpful. So if you are ready to get your holiday season organized just fill out the form below to get yours for free.
Need help with planning your Thanksgiving party? Check out my Thanksgiving Planner post to help you with your event. It’s not just for Thanksgiving. It has lots of tips and ways to schedule everything you need when planning any type of party at your home.
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