Wow! Have you looked at the calendar lately? It’s the end of August already! The Halloween candy is already for sale in the stores and that means that the K__ Family (that’s us) Holiday Season is well under way. Now that Bip is here, our Holiday Season starts even earlier. From August to December our family will celebrate all 4 of our children’s birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, our anniversary and Christmas. I have to get an early start, like in July, in order to get everything done. I know, you’re shaking your head, and thinking, “Girl, you are WAY too organized!” and are thinking of just skipping the rest of this entry. Well, let me tell you, there are two things that I really can’t stand, and that’s being disorganized while travelling and during the holidays. I want those occassions to be as stress free and as enjoyable for everyone as possible. My house may be a wreck, but my holidays are peacefully, blissfully under control. The only way for me to do this is to start organizing early.
A couple of years ago, I started a holiday planning binder. Just an extra 3-ring binder I had around and some sheet protectors. Every time I see an idea for birthday/holiday decorations, games or gifts, I put the information into my binder. I have a sheet of paper for each child for specific plans for their birthdays and their gift list. I also have a list for my own plans for the holidays, mostly baking, decorating, wrapping and mailing deadlines.
Looks like I’m not the only one contemplating the upcoming holidays. A couple of the blogs I read have also mentioned their holiday plans. Foreverchanged had a link to the Holiday Grand Plan which looks really helpful. I’ll be checking it out in greater detail. By Sun and Candlelight has a list of all the fun holiday resources she has collected. I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my holiday planning passion.