Friday, October 16, 2015

A Stress Free Christmas

I wanted to share with you what I have been doing in hopes of having a stress-free Christmas. Last year was just too much and I can't bare to do it again so I decided to get organized and find some solutions to my problems. I hope to stick to the schedule and have the best and most relaxed Christmas yet. I'm keeping this all in my Christmas notebook in hopes that I have the Christmas that I dream of and I can just build off this notebook for next year. I'll update everyone afterwards to let you know how it goes. 

Here are my goals/plans for this upcoming Holiday season:

1. Get a Christmas notebook to put my Christmas plans in
2. Find the sugar cookie recipe I want to make
3. Decide on what Christmas crafts we want to make and buy the materials (no more than 2)
4. Write down the holiday movies we want to watch
5. Buy birthday gifts for the months of November and December and get those out of the way so we       can focus on Christmas gifts (we have lots of birthday's during this time of the year, including             Jack's)
6. Decide on which Christmas candies I want to make, write out recipes, and make out grocery list
7. Write out Christmas gift budget
8. Make Christmas lists for myself and Jack (share with family via email)

1. Pull out Christmas decorations from storage and put on back porch(before Thanksgiving)
2. Put up tree and decorate (after Thanksgiving)
3. Make one Christmas craft (after Thanksgiving)
4. Start watching Christmas movies (after Thanksgiving)
5. Decide which food I'm going to bring to the work Christmas party, write out recipe, and make             grocery list
6. Make cookie dough and freeze (before Thanksgiving)
7. Make Christmas punch and freeze (before Thanksgiving)
8. Decide on what I'm bringing to Jack's Christmas party and buy
9. Decide on Santa picture outfit
10. Write letter to Santa
11. Design and order Christmas cards (before Thanksgiving)
12. Go to the movies
13. Learn Christmas songs
14. Buy Elf on the Shelf
15. Finish coming up with Elf on the Shelf ideas
16. Buy Secret Pal Thanksgiving gift
16. Buy Ugly Christmas Sweater

1. Visit Santa and take pictures
2. Send out Christmas cards (before the 5th)
3. Do a Christmas craft
4. Watch Christmas movies
5. Decide on, write down recipes, and make grocery list for Christmas day menu (before the 20th)
6. Print off holiday gift tags (before 15th)
7. Read Christmas books
8. Wrap gifts (before the 20th)
9. Go look at Christmas lights
10. Make gingerbread house
11. Make Christmas cookies (December 24)
12. Make Christmas jars for Jack's teachers (before the 15th)


  1. I love this idea! I am so the time a holiday rolls around I manage to sit around feeling bad because I didn't get to all the things I wanted to accomplish. An early start and good planning really makes all the difference! I hope your Christmas goes smoothly!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #mommymeetupmondays!

  2. Getting a head start is essential for a stress free holiday. Great tips and I appreciate you sharing this on Tuesday Talk this week. Pinning to our board.

  3. Love this list! I'm feeling pretty sorted this year - for a change! :)

  4. I hope your list works out for you! It's only the beginning of November and I'm already over Christmas. I just want to hide until January.


Your comments make my heart smile!