Week 1: Create Your Holiday Planning Binder – How to Prepare for Christmas

9 Weeks to a More Organized and Peaceful Christmas

I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again – time to start planning for the holidays! Welcome to Week One: Create Your Holiday Planning Binder in my holiday planning series – 9 Weeks to a More Organized and Peaceful Christmas. Today, I’ll give you step-by-step instructions to create your holiday binder: How to Prepare for Christmas (and Thanksgiving, too!).

Check out this 9-week series to help you get organized for the holidays with a Christmas Planner {free printable} and so much more! Week 1 shows you how to create your holiday planning binder. This blog series covers EVERYTHING you need for a peaceful holiday season!

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For the next nine weeks, I’m going to walk you through planning for the holidays so you can have a more organized and peaceful holiday season.

This first week, we are going to create a Holiday Planning Binder. This planner will be the central processing area for all things related to holiday planning from organization, calendars, gift lists, the Christmas budget, and more.

2017 Holiday Planning Pack: How to Prepare for Christmas (and Thanksgiving, too!)

Let’s get started with your binder. To make it easier, I created a 2017 Holiday Planning Pack for use in your holiday binder. This planning pack includes printables for every section of your holiday planner.

The Contents of the Binder

Your holiday planner is going to get you organized for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I recommend you include the following 10 sections in your binder:

  • Brain Dump
  • Budget/Travel
  • Bucket List
  • Projects/Ideas
  • Calendars/To-Dos
  • Thanksgiving Checklist
  • Christmas Checklist
  • Holiday Cards
  • Gifts/Shopping
  • Giving and Gratitude

In later weeks, we’ll take a look at what goes into each section. For now, just focus on getting the binder created and start working on the first section – the holiday brain dump.

The Materials to Create Your Holiday Planning Binder

To create your holiday planning binder, you’ll need the following materials.

Once your 2017 Holiday Planning Pack is printed, all you have to do is 3-hole punch it and start assembling. That’s it!

Week One’s Assignments:

Here’s a summary of your assignments for the week:

  1. Purchase materials for your binder
  2. Request and download the 2017 Holiday Planning Pack
  3. Put together your binder
  4. Fill out the Holiday Brain Dump in the first section

I can’t wait to check in with you next week when we’ll tackle the holiday budget.

This year, let’s plan on a more organized and peaceful Christmas!

You can bookmark this page for all of the posts in this Holiday Blog Series –> 9 Weeks to a More Organized and Peaceful Christmas.

Do you have any other ideas on what to include in a Holiday Planning Binder? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.

With Love and Joy,


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4 thoughts on “Week 1: Create Your Holiday Planning Binder – How to Prepare for Christmas

  1. Hi Cassie! The link to the pack isn’t working! I tried it in my original email first before requesting it again, to no avail… Help!

    • Hi, Linda! Your “brain dump” is simply the process where you take all of the ideas floating around in your head and put them on paper. Then you can decide what to do with that information. You can add it to your calendar, your to-do list, your Holiday Bucket List, or someplace else. You may also decide that it’s something you don’t actually want to do this season. This process helps to clear your head. Then, you don’t have to “think” about it anymore since you’ve processed that information and put it somewhere to be retrieved later.