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Consider using a Holiday Planner this year and enjoy a relaxing Holiday Season.
Christmas is supposed to be the season of joy, warmth, reflection and good will. Why then, is it such a stressful time for so many people? One great stress reducer is using a holiday planner.
There's no doubt about it. Once Thanksgiving ends, the season of hustling and bustling is upon you.
There are holiday cards to be sent. Gifts to be purchased or made. Holiday dinners to plan. Church, community and family get-togethers to attend. Holiday treats to bake. Stockings to stuff. Tree trimming, gift wrapping, and getting your house ready for company. The list could go on and on. How do you keep it all straight?
It's no wonder there's so much stress and exhaustion this time of year.
The good news is, it doesn't have to be that way. A little bit of planning can work wonders. And that's where using a holiday planner comes in.
Another reason for all of the stress is that we have a tendency to wait until the very last minute to start planning for the holidays.
We wait until Thanksgiving is over, which leaves only a few weeks to get ready for Christmas. Since these are the weeks many activities are happening, it's probably one of the worst times to begin getting ready for the holidays.
Anything that can be done earlier than Thanksgiving, can make the holidays more peaceful and fun when they finally arrive.
But whether you wait for Thanksgiving or you choose to get ready earlier, planning without keeping good records can be the biggest source of all the chaos.
With everything else going on in your life, why would you ever try to keep something like holiday planning all in your head?
Over the years, I've watched clients plan for their holidays. Many just tried to remember everything without writing anything down. Many times they ended up feeling stressed when Christmas week finally arrived and so many things weren't done. Last-minute rushing took away from the atmosphere that was supposed to be calm and peaceful.
Others did write things down, using notebooks, name and address books, random papers, ideas jotted down on scraps of paper, and sticky notes. There was little hope of keeping all of that organized, and again, there was a feeling of frustration and chaos when the holiday season arrived.
I thought about this problem for a long time. There had to be a better way. Christmas was supposed to be a joyful, cheerful time.
And then suddenly, it hit me. I had to help them find a way to get all of the information into one place. It needed to be easy to use. It had to have the ability to store information that almost everyone who celebrates Christmas needs to have handy. And it had to be cost-effective. I needed to find a good, inexpensive holiday planner.
It took some time, but after researching and evaluating, I found a system called The Holiday Planner (perfect name, eh?) that is comprehensive and super easy-to-use. The Holiday Planner includes forms, checklists, logs and information sheets to help you get organized for the holidays, including holiday To Do lists, planning sheets, holiday dinner guides, holiday cards, decorations, holiday budget and much more.
Whether you make your own holiday planner or buy one online or at the store, I hope you use it well and enjoy an organized holiday season.