Tips for Organizing Christmas

Hi everyone! Michele from The Scrap Shoppe here with a new theme for our crafty series for December.
This month we are discussing all things ORGANIZATION! And since we’re still in the beginning of December, I thought we could discuss organizing Christmas.

I love making lists and, even more so, marking things off of them when they are complete! Years go I made a Christmas Planner and it was such a big help during the holidays. I even have a blank (free) December calendar printable that you can use for keeping December straight, marking holiday parties, when and where to gift shop, or even to keep up with the antics of your Elf on the Shelf (which is what I use it for).

Stay organized this December with this round up of adorable and USEFUL Christmas Planner FREE Printables!
I have rounded up some great printables to help you stay organized all December long! Many of these are offered as both 8.5×11 sheets as well as the smaller A5 paper size for small binders. Print the set that most suits you or mix and match to be sure you get everything you need.

Free Christmas Planner Printables
This set includes all of the major printables you need to keep organized for Christmas. I need the Christmas card list something fierce!
Free Christmas Planner Printables from Mom’s Favorite Stuff

Free Christmas Planner Printables
You can plan your entire month of December in one sitting with this planner set.
Free Christmas Planner Printables from Art & Whimsy

Free Printable Wish Lists
These printable wish lists are perfect for anyone to fill out. Print and hand out to family member to learn what they really want for Christmas. The color scheme and patterns are pretty darn cute, too!
Free Printable Wish Lists from Organizing Home Life

Free Holiday Printables
Raise your hand if you’re a list lover! (My hand is waving SUPER high!) I could fill these lists out for days.
List Lovers Free Holiday Printables from Home Coming

Free Holiday Meal Planning Printable
I’m loving this Holiday Menu Planner for keeping various holiday meals and get togethers in order! It also comes with a printable holiday baking list to keep track of your special recipes. There are also lots of tips to help make your meal planning prep run smooth.
Free Holiday Meal Planning Printable from Organizing Junkie

Free Printable Christmas Planner
One of my favorite things about this planner, besides the color scheme, is that it comes with a sheet to record Christmas crafts. How awesome is that?? It’s not only for planning holiday crafts with my kids, but any crafts I’ve seen that I want to create.
Free Printable Christmas Planner from A Typical English Home

Christmas Gift List Printable
Just in need of somewhere to write out your gift lists? This free printable may be all you need.
Christmas Gift List Printable from Minted Strawberry

Christmas Planner Free Printable
This clever planner set comes complete with a cleaning list which, while not the funnest aspect of Christmas, still needs to be tackled.
Free Christmas Planner Download from Becoming Martha

Free Holiday Planner Printable
The planner is great for people keeping to a strict budget for Christmas. Keep up with costs and purchases. I also love this set because it has a page just for YOU! Keep a list of what YOU want/need for Christmas.
Free Holiday Planner Printable from A Bowl Full of Lemons

Free Christmas Planner Printables
This unique planner set comes with a sheet just for the Christmas tree: need new ornaments? need to replace bulbs? Write it down so you don’t forget. I’m also loving the Cookie Shopping List page. A sheet dedicated just to Christmas cookies?? This is totally up my alley!
Free Christmas Planner Printables from Growing Up Gabel

Printables to Organize Christmas
This cute set stands out for it for it’s cute page for the kids to fill and and breakdown list for parents to record where gifts are coming from: you, Santa, stocking.
Printables to Organize Christmas from Mary Organizes

Free Printable Planner Stickers
Already have a planner or holiday calendar? Print and cut these free planner stickers to help you with your organization!
Printable Planner Stickers from Planner Addiction

Must Have Craft Tips & More! Will these Christmas planner printables help you stay organized? Do you already use a similar system? I’ll be mixing and matching my favorites into a new binder for this year!

 

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Christmas Traditions for the Family

Welcome to another edition of Must Have Craft Tips and More! Allison here once again to bring you more great Christmas tips… like Christmas traditions for the family!
 
My fellow hostesses have shared lots of fabulous Christmas tips this month so just in case you have missed them you can check them out here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.Today, I wanted to share with you some fun Christmas traditions you can do with your family to create loads of memories for everyone!

I rounded up 3 different ideas that are sure to make your Christmas more special for you and your family.

To begin, I will start with the classic advent calendar.

LEGO Advent Calendar from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls // Family Fun Advent Calendar from Simply Sara // Advent Calendar Paper Chain from Activities for Kids //  Reindeer Balloon Advent Calendar from Not on the High Street  // Reverse Advent Calendar from Mum in the Mad House

 Advent Calendars are a fun way to help build up the excitement of Christmas for the whole family but they don’t always have to be the normal, open something and get candy, type of calendar.
Think outside the box. Do something special as a family. Do something special for others in your community. Have fun! Be together! Enjoy the reason of the season! 

 
I love the idea of doing a random acts of kindness advent calendar. This Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar from Coffee Cups and Crayons will help you along to know just what to do to help out and bring joy to others.
 

I totally love this idea and I have been wanting to start it but we are still working on our Christmas book collection but this Christmas Book Advent Calendar from Simple as That
is a something that I know my girls would love. Wrap the books up all fun, put a number on each and let one child pick out the book each night, gather together as a family and read the book.

And how about this Christmas Tradition Countdown from Create Craft Love?! 
You can print this one out or create one that works for your family but you don’t have to go over the top to have quality family time that is meaningful and you can do it along with counting down to one of the most popular holidays!

 
To go along with those advent calendar, it’s the season to spend time as a family and create wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Kids have off from school, hopefully you have a few days off work, so why not slow down from your fast paced life and enjoy each other for a change!
This time of year, make new traditions with family and friends!
Play games, get creative, bake delicious treats, watch movies, and just have fun together!
Everyone enjoys checking out all those gorgeous Christmas lights throughout the town so why not make a fun game out of it?! Check out this Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt from Mine for the Making  and when you go out to check out those lights, see what you can find!

Have a family craft night!
Every year my little family has a holiday craft night. We pick out a few fun and easy crafts that we can all do together and spend the evening getting creative. My girls love it and we have so much fun seeing what we each come up with.
Every year, going back to when my husband and I were still dating, we make ornaments by putting acrylic paint into clear ornaments so that tradition has continued now that we have kids. Last year we also created some fun paper plate trees and the girls got to decorate their own plates with Sharpie paint pens as well.

 

 If you have little ones that still love the magic of Santa why not make it extra special on Christmas Eve by creating a fun plate for those delicious cookies that Santa will be thrilled to see when he drops off those presents?

This Cookie Plate for Santa from Mine for the Making is created using vinyl and then this Santa plate from A Glimpse Inside was created with Sharpie paint pens and then baked in the oven.Both can be used for years to come!

 

Lastly, little ones love trees! 
They get so excited to help decorate the tree so why not make a fun tradition by giving them their own mini tree inside their rooms that are all for them. They get to decorate it any way they want, again and again if they are like my girls, and they can admire their own tree for the whole season!

 

 
My last tradition is make Christmas morning breakfast special! 
 
Start the morning with a delicious breakfast but why not make it fun!? 
Create Christmas related shapes with your food and show off your holiday spirit in a fun, unique way! 
Start with a whole meal like with the Santa pancakes or create those Reindeer Donuts for something quick to eat before opening presents and before you larger meal is ready.
 
I love these Reindeer Pancakes from 365ish Days of Pinterest and I want to make my husband, who is the pancake maker in our house, create this for us this year. Who wouldn’t love to see this on their plate Christmas morning?

 How about these super fun Christmas Tree Waffles from Crustabakes? These are so quick and easy too if you have a waffle maker which gives you more time to spend time with a family.

 

How about making a wreath like this Crescent Bacon Breakfast Ring from Jo Cooks stuffed full of all sorts of deliciousness?
I want this for breakfast this year too!

 

There you have it!
I hope you create some new traditions with your families this year and enjoy special time together.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Be sure to join us next month when we share a whole new topic full of tips!


Your hostesses,

 


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