Time for another tip from my holiday seminar. This one is an annual tool I can’t live without!
There are only 6 weeks left until Christmas and lots to be done by moms everywhere. One idea that has helped me over the past ten years is a holiday notebook I crafted to keep all of my important info in one place. You might want to set one up this weekend. Here is how it works:
Setting Up a Holiday Notebook
Purchase the following:
- a one-inch, three ring binder with a clear cover pocket to slip a scrapbook page or picture collage in
- a three-hole punched 8 1/2 X 11 inch plastic pocket with Velcro closure
- a three-hole punched 8 ½ by 11 inch calendar for November-December (easily found on most computers)
- seven tab dividers
- five or more clear page protectors
- notebook paper
First, take a snapshot of your family or make a scrapbook page to slip down in the cover of the binder.
Next, set up your notebook in the following order:
*The plastic pocket to keep holiday receipts in. No more lost receipts!
*One tab labeled: Calendar
*Calendars for November-December
Record target dates for tasks such as addressing Christmas cards, decorating the house, purchasing the tree, shopping and wrapping presents, writing thank you notes, etc…. You may want to record each family member’s holiday activities in different colors.
*One tab divider labeled: Family Gifts
Here you can use notebook paper to record what items you purchase for your immediate as well as extended family.
*One tab labeled: Other Gifts
Use paper in this section to record gifts to purchase or make for teachers, coaches, neighbors, friends and others in your life. Think in quantity. Why not give the same thing to all of the neighbors, teachers, etc… Simplify, Simplify, Simplify!
*One tab labeled: Christmas Cards and Mailings
In this section keep addresses on paper of those you will mail cards or packages to. Or use a few clear page protectors to hold address labels if you are printing them up on your computer.
*One tab labeled: Decorating Ideas
Behind this tab, place several page protectors designed for you to slip in magazine clippings. Look for decorating, centerpiece and tree trimming ideas you might want to try.
*One tab labeled: Holiday Food
Here record your family’s favorite holiday recipes or tuck in some you’ve found in magazines or newspapers in a few clear page protectors. You can use full sheet protectors or ones designed to hold 4 x 6 photos. They fit recipe cards perfectly!
*One tab labeled: Thank You Notes
Record on paper any gifts received for which you need to write a thank you note.
Using this notebook as an organizational guide can help to alleviate holiday headaches and keep everything in one central place. However, you might want to hide it from your offspring who can read. They might snoop at the gift section!