For many people, Christmas triggers stress. The decorations
are up in
some stores and the commercials for toys begin. It's no
start feeling a little rushed to get started. For me the
to make a Christmas Book. A Christmas Book will help
the holiday and can save you money. Many have heard of the
but don't know how to make one.
To get started get a
ring binder. Fill it with dividers with tabs. Now
a bit of work. Make a list of categories
book. Some examples are, Inside, Outside, Gifts, Crafts,
Menus, Recipes, Lists, Videos/Books, Songs, Traditions Lists,
Anything that you want to keep track of. These
placed on the tabs.
I started with menus. I save them from year to
year. I keep
menus for breakfast, brunches, lunches, dinners, tree
kids' party, any party I think of. At times I have made up
menus to try.
On the back of each menu I keep a list of all
This is where you can save a little money. I decide
a menu and I move it to a category called "this
I am then able to buy staples (some on sale), which won't
now. This will free up money during the holidays when
extra dollars might be needed. I keep my recipes in
order in a category called "recipes." I keep recipes to try
order behind my tried and true recipes. Remember that
book is for you. Your book may have a separate
recipes to try, or you might want subcategories like
Most of your categories will be self explanatory. You
become more creative as your book ages. In the song
you might start with the popular or traditional songs, then
expand to lesser-known
or funny songs.
After decorating the house, take pictures of every
Next year you will know exactly where everything was. If
want to make changes, make a list of what you wanted to
I also make a list of things to buy so I can get them at
sales. With pictures you can use the same displays
to year, rotate displays or make new displays each
After putting up the outside decorations, take photos. I
on one photo where to start the lights and how many strands
together. I also make lists of what I want to change
I need to buy for next year.
I keep a list of traditions we celebrate and a list of
in others' homes. Each family gets a separate
way, when we stay with others I can prepare my children for
that might be different from ours. It also helps me to
the traditions of people that visit us.
In the "list" category, keep all the original lists you
use. I also would keep copies of these lists ready to
Some examples might be to change wrapping paper, stocking
gift list, card list. I bring some of these lists to the
sales; I keep some to help me buy year-round and others are just
After a Christmas Book you might start books for other holidays
or a book
with small celebrations. Remember you can make a book as
as elaborate as you want. Good luck.
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