Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Holiday Journal~

~Holiday Journal~

This morning when I was talking with a fellow blogger, I mentioned my Christmas journal. She {you know who you are} said I hadn't blogged about it and...what a good idea.

It was a Christmas gift from a friend a few years ago.

I have no idea where she purchased it, but I bet a stationery shop would have something, or a plain journal or notebook would do nicely.
Amazon has a nice example of one here.

This one has a place for your Christmas card list, pages for keeping track of shopping and your budget, a calendar, gifts received and thank-yous, and holiday notes.
It really has been a handy little book and I would urge you to start keeping one of these- now, while everything is still fresh.

I jot down what I serve at holiday gatherings and dinners, I put a sample of this years Christmas card inside and how many I ordered and sent. I make notes about tweaking recipes, what goodies were popular and the ones that may not have been...

This year I noted that for 2010 we should start our Christmas Eve party a little earlier. This past Christmas it was too late for Erin and Jack on such an exciting night with Santa's arrival.

I keep it right in my desk and during the year if I get a great gift idea for someone I jot it down.

I also include:
~Wording for next years holiday card.~
~Ideas for holiday illustrations.~
~Packaging ideas~
~New recipes to try~
~Reminder to look for holiday dog collars...etc., etc...~

I bring it out in October so I can get a head start on a few things like my card illustration, and a jump-start on some shopping. It's a handy way to keep everything in one neat little book and ever so helpful in keeping things organized for the busy holiday season.
January 6~ The Epiphany
Twelve Days of Christmas
Three Kings Day

My own...please excuse poor quality of photos...I really need/want a new camera...


  1. Good idea, but I know for me it would last a short time, then I would forget where I put it... HA!! I need to put a list in my carry-on bag of what clothes I keep at my mother's house in NJ so I don't duplicate. I always take more than I need when I go there. xoxo

  2. Thanks for sharing this. What a sweet way to keep the stress level down and the spirits high. I am going to treat myself to one!

  3. Debra, really wonderful. I love to journal and sometimes go back to see what was really happening in a certain place and time.

  4. What a fabulous idea! One of my new years aspirations should have been to be more organized with things like that, as every year I wrack my brain for things I need to remember from the previous year!
    Thanks for the suggestion!

  5. This is a great idea to have on hand. I'm glad you shared my friend. xo

  6. Debra, you are so smart! Thanks for passing along this brilliant idea!


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