December 5, 2012

Christmas Schedule 2012

If you have read this blog before, you know I am an organized person. I can't lie...that is just how my brain works. So it should come as no surprise that every year around this time, I write out a schedule for Christmas. And by write, I mean write. By hand. With markers and stickers. Because, again, that is how my mind works. After having taught second grade for so many years, I think my mind is stuck there permanently. Not that that is a bad thing! : ) Anyway, at first glance it may seem like I am even trying to micromanage Christmas. Really, that is not my intent. I began doing this several years ago because there is just so much to do... shopping, wrapping, and baking, and so many things happening at school... plays, dances, and dress down days, and all the other things that need to be done... haircuts and Christmas cards that I knew without some type of schedule, it would not be enjoyable. It would be chaos.

It really isn't anything more than organizing all our events in one place and adding a few stickers to make it look nice and festive! The real reason I do this is that I want this time of year, which always passes so quickly, to be what it should be for our family. Quiet. Calm. Cozy. Fun. We are, after all, preparing for the birth of Baby Jesus on a quiet, calm, holy night. Therefore, I strive to have everything completed by December 17 every year. That way, we have a whole week to prepare, to enjoy, to relax and take it all in. Here is our simple Christmas schedule. Happy Planning!


  1. Great idea. I too need to see things written down to feel organized. I love how you left the last week before Christmas free. I was hoping to be done everything by the 23rd, although being done by Friday the 21st would make for a very enjoyable weekend before Christmas. Enjoy and good luck.

  2. Such a great idea! I am just about done with my shopping...I think by Friday I will be done!
    Isabella's birthday is on the 18th right around Christmas is very busy around here.

  3. You know, I actually find I can rest my mind better when the head hits the pillow at night if I made a list or to do list and stuck it on the fridge. For me, it seems to really calm the brain :)

  4. wonderful idea for all in the family to see! I'm getting out my paper now to start mine!

  5. this is awesome! and oh so cute!!!:) cause cuteness matters ya know!:)
    i have got to get better about planning out the big picture. i'm pretty good week wise...but month wise not so much!!:)
    have a happy day


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