Category Archives: Christmas Planner Pages

Christmas Planning – Newsletter and Gifts

I have so many things to remember every day, that long term planning often suffers.  Trying to write a Christmas newsletter becomes a chore when I struggle to remember a whole year’s worth of activities and accomplishments for all the members of my family.  Scout ranks, tae kwon do belts, and everyday victories all blend together when I’m trying to crank out a letter under a deadline.  And try as I might, I just can’t remember the book or game or gadget I saw in a catalog or on Pinterest that I thought might make a good gift.  I’ve got two new planning pages that will help you keep track of all the little details throughout the year and they’ll be all ready for you when you need them.

Christmas Newsletter

Tip #1  Keep your letter positive and upbeat, but don’t brag too much!  People like to hear good news, but they don’t want to feel bad about their own family in comparison.  Write the kind of newsletter that you’d like to receive.

Tip#2  Fill out the Year in Review page at the end of every month.  Keep it brief – a name or initial and brief description to trigger your memory.  An example for me would be, “P – lost 2 front teeth.”  It’s enough to remember that it was in January that my youngest son tripped and knocked his two front teeth hard enough to need to be removed. True story.

Tip #3 Keep these pages as part of a scrapbook page or in a special section of your holiday planning binder.  It’s fun to look at them again and compare them from year to year.  Things that seem so important today are often forgotten, and this is a good way to help you remember.

Tip #4 Choose only the best highlights to write a quick paragraph for each family member.  Instead of a paragraph, you could use a bullet list for each person.  Keep it short, keep it sweet, people will love it.

Master Gift Planning

Tip #1 Keep a running list of gift ideas all year long and include everyone on your gift-giving list.  Note the source – website, store or catalog.  At this point, this is just for ideas or inspiration.

Tip #2 Use the red lines to separate gift ideas by person or ignore them altogether – what ever makes the most sense to you.

Tip #3 This list is helpful for birthday gift-giving, too!

Maintaining these two lists keep me calm and organized come November and December.  Hopefully you will find them useful, too!

Get your free Christmas planner pages here: Christmas Planner -Year In Revew

For best printing results, click on the link above and save the file to your computer.  Don’t try to print directly from the website.

Christmas Planning – Packing Up

Happy New Year!  Many people are packing up their Christmas decorations this weekend, so it’s a perfect time to introduce a new series here on the Pumpkin Girl Designs blog.  Over the next twelve months, I will offer a few tips to help make next Christmas easier and less stressful by planning it out a little at a time.  I’ll have free planner pages that will keep you on track.  By the time Christmas comes around again, you’ll be calm and organized and you’ll have a nice Christmas Planning Binder keeping you on track.

Let’s get started!

Packing It All Up

Tip #1 Pack up the way you decorate. If you have a lot of decorations, this will be a real time saver next year.  You might put the decorations that go in one room together, or it might make more sense to put like items, for example-  all the garlands, together.  However it will work best for you when you’re decorating next December, put the items together that will make the process easier.  The object is to be able to decorate from one box at a time, instead of pulling things from several boxes at a time and making a huge mess!

Tip #2 Purge as you go.  If it’s broken, out of date or unused, get rid of it.  Don’t keep hanging on to those things that are taking up space you need for the things you do love and use.

Tip #3 Label your boxes! I have created some free box labels for you to use.  You can print them on blank sticker sheets or do like I do and just print them on regular paper.  There is space for you to write the contents and any additional notes.  I need to have our Advent calendar out first, so I made sure to note which box it is.

Tip #4 Make a note of anything that needs to be replaced or replaced. (You can use any piece of paper, but I have made a red and green “notes” page for you that matches the rest of my free Christmas Planner.) In the past, I’ve written down that I needed 4 night light bulbs (for our lighted Nativity), a new garland and that I wanted to make a new wreath.

Focus on What We Love

For years I tried to make the Ultimate Christmas for my family.  I was stressed and uptight and I did not enjoy the season very much.  I realized that something needed to change.  I started by asking my family what things they liked most and what things we can drop.  That helped me to really focus on what we love about the Christmas season.  All the extras fell away and nobody missed them.  Each year I make notes to help me remember what we did, what we didn’t do, what we loved and what we didn’t.  Using those notes, I created a planner page to help you really get to the heart of your Christmas celebration.  As my family grows and changes, so do our activities.  We try new things that we want to repeat – or not, as the case may be!  So I fill out a new page each year to help me plan the next year’s activities.  It’s also helpful for scrapbooking!  I hope this planner page helps you, too.

Get your free Christmas planner pages and labels here: Christmas Planner Packing Up

For best printing results, click on the link above and save the file to your computer.  Don’t try to print directly from the website.