The Merry Little Christmas Project: Let the Planning Begin!

by Kaley on October 18th, 2012

in Christmas, Merry Little Christmas, Useful Resources

By now I hope you all are donning your Elf Hats and Silver Bells and are ready for The Merry Little Christmas Project to begin!  (If you haven’t joined us on Facebook yet, be sure to do so!)

There are three things that I think would have helped me have a tear-free, less stressful Christmas last year.

1. A Plan – It’s not that I didn’t try to plan Christmas last year.  I did.  But I would have felt more in control if I had one central planning center (that I used!) to track everything from gifts to recipes to decorations, etc.

We are going to do that this year. 

2. Preparation – Again, I could have sworn on Christmas morning that I had prepared for Christmas with the best of them.  Wasn’t that why I was exhausted? The problem was that a big chunk of my preparation took place in the the late hours of the night during the final week before Christmas.  I would have felt much more rested if I had set goals and dates to finish preparations AHEAD of time.

We are going to do that this year.

3. Purpose – I certainly worked hard to make the weeks before Christmas full of all kind of activities that remind us of the reason for the season.  But I think there are two questions that I could have asked that would help bring real purpose to all of the activity:

“Can I simplify this?”

“Can I make this more meaningful?”

Guess what?  We are going to do that this year.

Starting RIGHT NOW!

Our very first and MOST important step is setting up our Christmas Planning Center. 

I have rounded up for you several FREE Christmas planners that will help you get you started on the right foot:

  • FlyLady has a very thorough free printable Holiday Control Journal here
  • Organized Christmas offers this Free Christmas Planner here
  • Celebrating Christmas offers free printable checklists here
  • Christmas Corner offers free Christmas printables here
  • Life Your way a free printable Christmas planner here

I recommend selecting the one that fits you best and then printing and organizing it in a 3-ring binder.

Or you could opt to simply purchase a Christmas planner from Amazon (like I did). 

They have many great options to choose from here.   You can purchase the one pictured above for just $5.99 shipped with Amazon Prime.  I ordered this one last year (but it looks like the price has gone up).

Of if you are a Smartphone user, Amazon has several Christmas planning apps for Android here.

*I’m having a hard time finding any apps for Apple products.  Let me know if you find any!

Know of any other great Christmas planning resources? Be sure to leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you.


Our goal this week?  Christmas Planners organized and ready to go!  The countdown to our Merry Little Christmas has begun!





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Nicole October 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I use an app for the iPhone called The Christmas List. It’s designed to help you track who to buy for, what you’re buying, etc…You can set a budget, and also track what you need to get, wrap, order, etc…I need to keep mine updated as I didn’t do that last year!


kaleyehret October 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Awesome, Nicole! Thanks!


sandy October 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

my daughter is ordering me one on amazon as she has amazon prime, looks great!


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