Christmas Countdown Day 2: Make A Christmas Planner!

Make a Christmas planner

Today in the Christmas Countdown, we introduce the tool of choice for organized holidays: a Christmas planner.

Whether you're new to the concept, or have been using one for years, your Christmas planner is about to become your new best friend in the days and weeks to come.

Your planner will be home to lists, notes, ideas, recipes, decor inspiration, receipts, menus, inventories and journal pages. It's your personal record of the planning, deciding and doing that goes into creating the Christmas of your dreams.

Form is less important than format. Cutting-edge cyber types track holiday planning with smartphone apps, while the crafty among us create lavish, lovely variations on the planner theme. (Don't believe me? Check out the creative examples at focus site Christmas Planner!)

But for many, the Christmas planner takes shape in a tried-and-true form: a simple 3-ring binder. To make it easy, you'll find scores of printable calendars, planning pages, forms and dividers to use to create your own Christmas planner.

Don't miss the tasty covers and spine inserts! They'll make it easy to create a planner notebook that brings a smile to your face each day of the Countdown.

Ready to dive in? It's all here, at Day Two of the Christmas Countdown!

To Do Today

Start (or find!) your Christmas planner

Easy to make and easier to use, a Christmas planner cuts through holiday clutter and keeps planning on track. Home to lists and recipes, calendars and gift ideas, this simple tool is the architect and source of a serene celebration.

How will you build your power tool for Christmas organizing?

Today's reading assignment offers tips and pointers for setting up a Christmas planner, but don't miss inspiration from the real world! To tour the Web's prettiest Christmas planners--and find links to creative printables from the Web--visit our focus site, Christmas Planner.

With tutorials, tours, how-tos and Christmas checklists, it's the place to be to get inspired to create your Christmas planner!

To Read Today

What's a Christmas planner, and how do I make one? Get organized for the holiday season with a D*I*Y holiday planner:

Simplify Your Holidays with a Christmas Planner

Need to get inspired to create your Christmas planner? Take a tip from the Christmas planner tours and Web resources from focus site

Make A Christmas Planner

Today's Recipe

pumpkin spice cookie recipeCrisp nights, swirling leaves: it's fall! Time for a favorite seasonal taste treat from Cynthia's kitchen.

These soft, spicy pumpkin drop cookies are plump with raisins and set off with just the right browned butter glaze. They're sophisticated enough for the adult palate, but yummy enough for the youngsters:

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Browned Butter Glaze

To Print Today

Christmas Countdown Divider Pages

Christmas Planner Covers

Holiday Plans: