I received a free copy of ListPlanIt’s 100 Days to Christmas to review. All opinions are completely my own.
I love decorating, baking, and making things for Christmas. My kids and I play our favorite cds like Barenaked for the Holidays; you should hear us belt out Jingle Bells while baking cookies. We have our favorite trips like seeing the Pennsylvania Ballet perform The Nutcracker or seeing the local light displays.
I don’t enjoy the craziness leading up to the holiday season. Every year, I try to start early with the planning and organizing. Some years I do well. Other years, well, not so well. I often feel deflated by the time we open presents on Christmas Day; I feel like I haven’t done enough for others.
Crazy talk, I know. When I was pregnant with my 3 kids who were born in September, October and December, I was the only one thinking I had let everyone down. The grandparents were all about the new grandkids. That’s what Christmas is about – new life, new hope, a fresh start.
My Christmas Planning Challenge
Part of my Christmas deflation is a lack of organization. Yes, the organized mom isn’t so organized for Christmas. I think part of the issue is my balancing the paper and electronic planning world. When I switched from paper to Evernote and Nozbe, my paper Christmas planner sat abandoned on the office shelf. I never transferred the planning from paper to electronic.
This year, I am using a hybrid planner, 100 Days to Christmas by ListPlanIt.com given to me as a free review copy. I’ll be switching out my summer planning from 100 Days of Summer to the Christmas/Holiday planner in a notebook that will sit on my kitchen counter. Check my YouTube video to see how I set up the summer planner.
Why Use 100 Days to Christmas by ListPlanIt.com?
Jennifer Tankersley of ListPlanIt offers paper and electronic versions of each list. Sometimes I want my lists to be electronic like my shopping and errand lists on my phone in Simplist; sometimes, I need a paper copy. Using the weekly cleaning schedule from ListPlanIt this summer means all the kids know their responsibilities each day. They know the responsibility has been spread out among them.
Starting September 16th, each day brings with it a new task and a closer step towards being prepared for Christmas. All the steps are available as two months-at-a-glance calendars. You can also personalize your preparations with the provided blank calendars which are editable PDFs. You can read the PDF on your computer and only print out what you need, or print it out as a reference for your holiday preparations.
What’s in My Christmas Planner
I put together a tentative plan for using 100 Days to Christmas based on my current planning system.
- 4 month overview of daily tasks from 100 Days to Christmas
- Wish Lists from Each Family Member
- Holiday Budget
- Extended Family Gift List
- Gifts for Teachers, etc. List
- Master List of Christmas activities our family wants to do
- Craft List for October
- Craft List for November
- Craft List for December
- Christmas Card List
On my computer
- Christmas Pinterest board for Crafts, Decorating Ideas, and Gift Ideas
- Separate Pinterst boards for holiday recipes – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
- Family and Other Activities in Google Calendar
- ListPlanIt’s planning pages for meals and party food
- ListPlanIt’s planning pages for 2 family birthday parties and a kid birthday party
On my iPhone
- Gift Lists to Buy in Simplist
- Nozbe – my daily task reminder
You Can Join Me! (Giveaway is Over)
I’m giving away a free copy of 100 Days to Christmas to one lucky reader. You’ll have plenty of time before the 100 Days to Christmas planning starts on September 16th to read the ebook and get yourself set up.