Tweaking my Holiday Christmas Planning Calendar was a necessity this year, because we are awaiting my 3rd son’s mission call, planning my eldest son’s wedding, and my 14 year-old’s leg surgery. My calendar has evolved over the years, but it is an absolute necessity for me. The idea is to reduce as much stress caused by the holidays as possible while our routine and sometimes not so routine life goes on.
December is a time to be spent with family, attend school concerts, create memories, and ponder the birth of our Savior. So to ease my stress, our artificial tree goes up the week before Thanksgiving. Some people think I’m odd for doing it then, but I think my family likes a stress-free mom on Thanksgiving Day. Because of how busy I will be this year, there won’t be any homemade gifts. I’m okay with that. And our Christmas letter will be emailed the week after Christmas. 🙂
Putting each of these tasks/projects on my Gmail calendar is a lifesaver. I created them as “All Day” events, and made them repeat “Yearly.” Love that! Now it’s time to cruise along. If you are feeling a little bit frenzied, copy it and adjust for yourself.