I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days Challenge, so for the month of October I’ll be writing each day about 31 Days of Christmas: plan a little now to enjoy it more later. You can see all of the posts here.
So, I have an addiction. To Google docs. Especially Google spreadsheets.
But now, I want to share with you what is probably my favorite one yet – the Christmas planner spreadsheet. I will be the first to admit that I don’t have it all together and tend to I over-plan things to try to compensate for being a mess. I know that there are definitely gurus that have better planning strategies. But I created something that works for me and I want to share it with you.
I’ve printed out Christmas planning templates in the past, but I don’t like toting a bunch of paper around and I like the flexibility of editing my spreadsheet planner to be exactly what I want it to be. I discussed Google drive when I posted about how I organize my recipes, so you may want to pop over there if you aren’t very familiar with how it works.
1) To Do List – I broke the items out by category for the template, but in my personal planner I plan on adding dates to all of the items and then sorting everything by date. I listed general ideas and things that I don’t want to forget, but you should add and delete items to make it work for you!
3) November Calendar – If you have a different calendar that you use regularly, just delete or ignore this tab. I thought it would be helpful to see which days are busier than others and plan margin to keep things from getting too hectic.
4) December Calendar - Like the November calendar, delete or ignore this tab if it’s not helpful. Just remember to keep some days free to relax and enjoy this month!
5) Budget - I listed the Christmas-related expenditures that I could think of and left spaces for you to keep track of the actual amounts spent. It’s a good idea to make notes about this year’s budget for next year while it’s fresh in your mind.
6) Gift List – I find it helpful to have one place where I can keep track of everyone that will be receiving a gift from us and what we are giving them. Like I posted earlier, a Pinterest board is a good place to brainstorm ideas. Just remember that gift-giving is not what this season is all about.
7) Address List – If you don’t have another place that you store your addresses, this tab may be a good place! (It’s straightforward, so no picture for this one.)
8) Meals/Baking List – I am most excited about this tab! It’s really going to help me plan the food that we’re preparing this year. I inserted a few example lines to show the food gifts and desserts that we definitely want to make, as well as dishes for special meals.
9) Grocery List – If you have your recipes stored in this file, it would be easy to copy and paste from the ingredients list into this tab. Like everything else with this planner, if it’s creating more work or you have a better system, just ignore it!
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This planner is really just a template, so feel free to edit it however you want to make it most useful for you and your family. Right now it’s read-only, so when you get the link, you’ll want to do a quick File –> Make a Copy to save your own version. Add lines, re-sort or re-format, add and delete… do whatever you want to make it usable and helpful.
This planner isn’t intended to add to your stress or put more pressure on you. I want you to have an easier, less stressful, more enjoyable, more memorable Christmas. My hope is that this planner can be a tool to help you have the best Christmas yet!
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