11 Oct 2014

Prepare!

I know lots of people find Christmas very stressful, I think I have something to help though! A Christmas book.  I've used one for the last few years and it's been amazing.  It's too hard to remember everything at Christmas time so write it down.

Get an A5 ish sized book, easy and light enough to chuck in your handbag or back pocket.  Keep it with you at all times.  If you're techy I'm sure you could do it on your phone, I just like it all written down.


I have 4 sections to my Christmas book...

1. To Do
2. Gifts
3. Food
4. Other

1. To Do
Pretty self explanatory!


2. Gifts
On the first page I make a list of everyone I need to buy for and tick them off when I've got their gift.
For the next few pages I write each persons name on the top and ideas of what I can get them underneath.  You can tick off things as you buy them and then tend not to over buy.  When I see gift ideas in catalogues/shops, I write the page number/shop in the book too. Then I never forget.

3. Food
On the first page I make a list of all the meals I need to buy for.  In the following pages I head each page with a date/occasion and then write recipe ideas I've seen underneath.  I tend to get carried away and bake far too many treats so this food planner helps me 1. Not over spend on food and 2. Make sure I've planned to use all the amazing recipes I've found.

4. Other
In this section I jot down ideas for wrapping and decorating.

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