Christmas Countdown Day 3: Set Up a Holiday Calendar!

What's the number-one way to cut Christmas stress? Keep a careful eye on the calendar!

No doubt about it, December days can be busy. Keeping track of commitments, events and activities keeps the season real. If you know where the family must go, it's easier to get there--and to say "No!" to too many obligations.

Does a family calendar guide your holiday plans? It should ... if the goal is an organized Christmas!

To Do Today

Set up a family holiday calendar

Even the most organized among us can stub a toe when the madness of the holiday season descends! With family members participating in special seasonal activities, upended schedules and general holiday hubbub, the holiday season is no time to rely on memory or sticky notes.

Print or designate monthly calendar pages just for the holiday season, and post them in a public place. Then enter all holiday appointments and events out front, where you can see them.

Want to get fancy? Color-code entries by family member, or by category. Make it even simpler to know who must go where, when--so you can make good decisions as the season progresses.

Make travel arrangements and schedule seasonal appointments

Will your family travel during the holiday season? Make travel plans and reservations this week; early birds score better prices and flexible options.

Will you host houseguests? Make arrangements for any overnight guests.

Arrange for family photo sessions for holiday giving or photo Christmas cards

Schedule carpet cleaning now! As the holidays approach, business picks up. Call now for your choice of appointment times.

To Read Today

Use a calendar, cut holiday stress--so get the how-tos here:

Simplify Your Holidays with a Christmas Calendar

How to take some of the stress out of the Christmas season? Schedule smart!

Smart Scheduling Tips for Stress-Free Holidays

Today's Recipe

brownies in a jarWhat's a great consumable Christmas gift? Gifts in a jar!

Sand Art Brownies are easy to make and oh, so pretty! Layered cocoa, brown sugar, chocolate chips and pecans make this jar gift recipe extra-special.

Welcome a neighbor, thank a teacher or give a homemade Christmas gift with this layered cookie-in-a-jar recipe.

Our recipe makes 12 gift jars at a cost approximately $3 per jar, and includes printable gift tags to make assembling your Sand Art Brownies a breeze!

Sand Art Brownies

To Print Today

Holiday Calendars

Holiday Plans: