The Ultimate 2020 Holiday Planner, complete with tips and holiday checklist, for relaxed and organized holidays. Free, Printable Holiday Planning Checklist and bunches of tips for your most organized and relaxed Thanksgiving and Christmas ever! Week by week suggestions of what to tackle so that come the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas, you are all set to just relax and enjoy the festivities.
Shockingly, it is the beginning of November which means we are the downhill turn for all the quality time with family and friends, great food, excitement and potential stress related to the upcoming holidays.
While I am a list maker in general, it took me way too long to get my act together to put everything that I want to do/need to do on paper. Now that I have this planner, my holidays are a much less stressful
So, let’s talk about what we can do now, in small increments, to be able to enjoy all the holidays have to offer and reduce the exhaustion that we would otherwise feel when the big days roll around.
I have found that the best way to avoid stress and enjoy a relaxed holiday is to get some planning and preparations done early. And as much as I use my phone for grocery lists and appointments, I find a printable planner works best for keeping me organized.
You can access this Printable Holiday Checklist in the Subscriber Benefits Library or click on one of the buttons at the bottom of this post and I’ll send it right to your inbox. I have 2 versions of this Holiday Planner; one is already filled in with suggested activities for the next 7 weeks, with extra space for your additions and the other is completely blank…ready for you to fill in with all of your activities.
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Our first priorities this month will be Thanksgiving Preparations, but we can also toss in a few Christmas Preparation tasks as well.
Now is the time to wrap your head first around what you will be serving for Thanksgiving. There is space on the planners to do this, but you could also pop over and print off the Thanksgiving Planner)
For many of us, this will be easy as we serve the same traditional dishes every year. However, for some of us, there will be some modest changes to that menu.
Jot down in your Holiday Planner what your menu will look like, where you will find the recipes, and start a grocery list of what will be needed for that sumptuous Thanksgiving feast. If you need some ideas, I’ve queried some of my talented foodie friends for their favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
At the same time, noodle what your table will look like. (there is space on the planners to do this) Do your linens need to be washed? Do you need some flowers for your centerpiece? If you are hosting a large group, do you have all the dinnerware and silverware you need? This post might serve as a prompt for some of these preparations.
Make note of your Christmas gift budget in total and by person. After years of using an excel spreadsheet to manage my gift budget, I have just started to use the Christmas Gift List app…but I think it is just available for Android. The Christmas List seems to be a popular app for Apple. I’ll report back on my thoughts about the app after I have used it for a while.
Start thinking of the gifts you hope to give. I am forever seeking gifts that will be useful and appreciated! Given my neverending desire to scale back and declutter, I am loath to add to someone else’s clutter! Make sure you are thinking about hostess gift ideas as well…we all have holiday parties that we will be attending!
If you will be making gifts to give, go ahead and plan than out. What will you make? Do you need some supplies? Need some ideas?
Make sure you have enough time to get your indoor and outdoor plants together for your holiday decorations. I plant my amaryllis bulbs around the first week in November to allow them enough time to grow and bloom for Christmas.
We are going to get a lot done this week for both Thanksgiving and Christmas and you will be so glad that you got these preparations started.
Thanksgiving is next week, but we’ve been diligent about our holiday preparations, so we are not the least bit stressed! In fact, we are soaking up all the fun that happens this time of the year.
Make and Freeze your Pie Crusts up to 3 days in advance. Here is my failproof Pie Crust recipe for tasty, tender and flaky pies.
Set your Thanksgiving table early in the week.
Plan your Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping. Need some gift ideas?
Start decorating for Christmas after Thanksgiving.
With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, it’s time to buckle down and prepare for Christmas.
Our Christmas Preparations continue this week…
Finish purchasing and wrapping gifts
Phew, that was a lot! But in bite-sized pieces, we will really be prepared come the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. As much as I think I thought of everything, I am sure I missed something. What did I miss? Please chime in with your suggestions so that I can add them.
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