Your January Holiday Planner. The holiday planners are year around to keep you organized for all holidays throughout the year. Every month contains activities to prepare for Christmas so you can get ahead start.
Store Christmas decorations
-Look in the bottom of your tubs and boxes. Were some things not put out. Why? Toss broken or no longer wanted decorations.
-Note on a card the items you are removing from each room. Helps with next years decorating
-Clean all Christmas decorations. Wash linens. Remove all batteries.
-When packing decorations, pack like items together e.g. outdoors, tree decorations, wreathes, etc.
-Label Christmas storage boxes e.g. XMAS1, XMAS2, etc. On a rolodex, an index card or form write name of box, where stored and what is in the box.
-Save a length of your live tree for next year’s Yule log or use it to make an Easter cross
-Find all Christmas cards envelopes and update address book
-Develop Christmas film or upload digital images to computer
-Complete Christmas Journal
-File new Holiday recipes
-Make a check-list of replacements e.g. light bulbs, extension cords, candles, worn or ruin decorations.
-Shop after Christmas sales for these items.
-Ongoing Christmas newsletter: Start keeping notes of events each month. –Store in word program or journal.
-Begin working on next years photo-calendar: Plan January pictures you need to take for photo calendar. Develop or upload December photos.
Make cards for February birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, etc.
Update Birthday calendar
If giving a shower, Birthday party, etc. in March begin planning now.
Now is the the time to start planning Super Bowl and St. Patrick’s Day parties.
Organize Valentine’s Day plans.
If planning to eat out, make reservations now.
Purchase gifts and cards.
Order specialty meats if eating at home
Plan clothing you are going to wear: shoes, hosiery, suit, dress, etc.
Check with school and clubs for any treats you are expected to provide
If planning a party see the Party Planner
Make annual holiday budget
- List Holidays you celebrate e.g. Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Estimate cost including gifts, cards, postage, entertaining, baking, clothes, decorations, party items, fireworks, costumes, and food.
- Jot down estimated cost down beside each Holiday.
- Include estimated cost in your home budget
- Make a list of other gifts you will need during the year: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Graduations, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.
- Set a budget for these gifts.
- Include estimate of gift budget on your home budget.
- Other parties or entertaining you are planning to host this year e.g. Birthday parties, Baby showers, Retirement parties, Annual Summer cook-out, etc.
- Estimate cost for invitations, postage, decorations (including centerpieces), food, and party items (game supplies, prizes, favors, programs, etc.)
- Include estimated cost in your home budget.
Start developing gift ideas
- List all names and dates of people you will be giving gifts to through out the year. (refer to lists you created above).
- Decide on an estimate of how much you will spend on each gift (add estimates together and compare to above budgeted estimates).
- Leave some room in your budget for unexpected gifts.
- Under each name write gift ideas. Include sizes, favorite color and favorite things.
- On master gift shopping list write ideas and watch for sales.
- Note which gifts may be homemade