Monday, October 30, 2017


This week I begin my Christmas Countdown.  I’ve counted down to Christmas for what seems like forever.  I start by purchasing a new journal for jotting down notes, gift ideas, menu and cookie baking ideas, and to-dos, which I’ll later transfer to my Holiday Lists.  This so gets me in the mood for celebrating and making the most of the holiday season.  Also, while I do love planners, I use a three-ring binder for my Christmas Countdown.  This is where I save the recipes and the decoration ideas, instructions for gifts to make, my cleaning lists, shopping lists… well, you’ll see as we count down to Christmas together.

On my Holiday To-Do List for Week 1 (along with celebrating Halloween):
1) Set budget for gift giving
2) Write out gift list (confirm sizes, colors, etc.)
3) Work on Thanksgiving Day guest list
4) Work on Thanksgiving Day menu and shopping list.
Quick confession: A few years back I created a dinner menu/shopping list for the whole week and use the same every year. Consider it – saves lots of time.  You can see the list here.
5) Create Holiday Calendar – mark special dates
6) Begin shopping
7) Browse catalogs for gifts, and begin ordering

To help get you started on your Countdown, I’ve included a few pretty and useful lists.  Enjoy!

Do you countdown to Christmas?  Consider sharing some of your most timeworn ideas and traditions.

Merrily, Trish

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