Planning Christmas does not have to be overwhelming or break the bank!
Once upon a time, many moons ago, my life was simpler. I had one pretty self-efficient boy who was in his early teens and a husband who had mastered laundry and brought me coffee every morning. The winter holidays were filled with travels back home to Tennessee and cooking alongside my mama and several trips to fun places for Thanksgiving with my in-laws. Things were pretty good and almost too relaxing.
Then along came another little boy, a surprise really to this momma. This little guy was a ball of energy, and his brother was a busy, very social teenager. I was getting very little sleep but was joyful of our new addition. We stayed home for Christmas and had “gasp” Italian for Christmas dinner at a restaurant. This was fine if it is what you love, but this Tennessee gal living in sunny California needed her Southern home cooking for the holidays. That day I promised myself I would cook-from-scratch for Christmas Eve every single year and would decorate the house so that my boys would know that Christmas was a big deal and that Christmas with family was an even bigger deal.
Decorating and cooking for a few people was easy peasy in the beginning but as the family grew so did the expectations inside my head. I started new family traditions to go along with home-cooked food and traditional decorations. I added the pajama fairy, table gifts for all the guests and a sit-down Christmas morning breakfast. These new traditions added stress to our budget, but it brought such joy to see folks open things that were gifts that my husband and I chose and to serve good home-cooking to people that we loved.
During the holidays I was cooking, cleaning, shopping, decorating, working, parenting, and this list could go on and on. I am sure many of you can relate!
I started to feel like a hamster after drinking espresso, spinning on the wheel, getting nowhere, but moving as fast as I could go. I was literally shopping til’ I was dropping. I would look at photos of my son and myself decorating cookies… he beaming with fun and I was sporting dark circles under my eyes from lack of sleep.
I knew something had to change. But my heart said I needed this, for my family, for myself, and to hold fast to my most-loved traditions.
I started researching ways to get organized, cook with more efficiency, plan ahead, and NOT break our budget.
As I studied, I became very successful at cooking from scratch during the busiest time of the year, shopping with my head and heart, not just my pocketbook and plastic, and keeping our traditions but not overstretching the calendar so much that the kids, my husband, and myself got cranky.
I knew I could not keep my tips a secret because somewhere there was a tired mommy who just might need a little boost.
She wants out of the chaos of Christmas and back to the sparkle of joy in her heart for the season.
And that is why I wrote this ebook.
BONUS: This Ebook comes with a 60 Page Printable Christmas Planner!
This book is a life saver for the Christmas Tinsel Queen. It starts with the basics, having a plan, what does your perfect Christmas look like and then setting tasks to get there.
Pam doesn’t tell you what you need to do, this book isn’t about how to decorate your tree like a designer. Instead, she guides you on how to get where you want your Christmas to be.
As a yearly recovering tinsel queen, knowing when to stop and enjoy is the game changer every year. I love this little book. Print it out, get some pretty pens and follow along! Leanna – Of Faeries & Fauna Craft Co.
Don’t believe the hype that Christmas has to be a
stressful, exhausting, and costly holiday.
The truth is Christmas can be wonderful!
Yes, the Christmas season can get crazy busy, and moms can feel overwhelmed. With so many things to accomplish along with all of your daily responsibilities, this season can rob you of sleep, time for self-care, and precious peaceful and joyful time with your family.
Coming up with a plan to get your Christmas tasks done will help you grab back those special moments with your family and give you the time you need to take care of you as well! It is hard to keep Christmas at a reasonable level when we are bombarded with commercials and television shows suggesting to us that Christmas has to be filled with expensive gifts, fancy decorations, and an overwhelming push to attend every single holiday event in the city, so our kids don’t miss out.
- Simple steps to create a Sparkly Christmas Plan that suits your family’s needs.
- Determine a budget and make those dreadful post-Christmas credit cards bills a thing of the past.
- Learn how to give with your heart and not accumulate high credit card debt.
- Learn when to stop decorating and pay yourself on the back for a sparkly job well done.
- Tips on Gift wrapping supplies and when to mail Christmas Cards.
- Plan Christmas Meals like a Queen of Tinsel Pro!
What’s inside the eBook?
17 Chapters of Simple Steps and Tips to plan your Christmas season by a Veteran Mom of 29 years with a dash of humor and lots of sparkly joy!
A bonus daily agenda printable with a generous doodle/bullet journal spot to allow you the take notes or get super creative.
- How To Use This Book
- Part 1 – Planning
- Chapter 1: Let’s Get Started
- Chapter 2: Get Your Ducks In A Row
- Chapter 3: Projects and Your Christmas Dream
- Chapter 4: The Christmas Plan
- Part 2: Gifts 16
- Chapter 5: Gift Giving – Including Ways to Give With Your Heart
- Chapter 5: Wrapping Gifts
- Chapter 6: Mailing Gifts
- Part 3 – Christmas Cards
- Chapter 8: Christmas Cards To Send Or Not To Send
- Chapter 9: Five Simple Steps To Send Christmas Cards
- Part 4 – Decorating
- Chapter 11: Keep It Simple
- Chapter 12: Decorating – When To Stop
- Are You A Christmas Tinsel Queen?
- Part 5 – Planning Christmas Meals
- Chapter 13: My Granny Vega
- Chapter 14: Planning Christmas Meals for Busy Moms (Parents)
- Chapter 15: Setting The Tables
- Part 6 – Speed Clean
- Chapter 16: Speed Clean Your Home For Christmas
- Part 7 – Self Care
- Chapter 17: Self-Care During the Holidays
- About the Author
Christmas Planning Printable Pack
Plan Your Perfect Christmas – Answer three simple questions.
Write your Christmas Plan and Christmas Dream
Magical Master Project List
Large Project with checkboxes
Smaller Projects with checkboxes
Detailed Christmas Budget Planning Sheets
Gift Ideas for Family
Gifts Ideas for the Kids
Gift Ideas for Extended Family
Gift Ideas for Friends and Coworkers
Gift Shopping List with Check Boxes
Wrapping Supplies Checklist
Decorating Idea Sheet
Decorating by the Room
Decorating Ideas Blank
Decorating Shopping List
Sparkly Notes ( Blank Paper with Cute Elf)
Christmas Meal Planning
Meal Planner ( General)
Grocery List By Category
Grocery List Blank with Check Boxes
Recipe Cards (Blank)
Christmas Bucket List Detailed
Christmas Bucket List Blank
Advent Calendar Ideas with Supplies and Shopping Notes
Elfin Fun Ideas with Supplies and Shopping Notes
Crafty Christmas Ideas with Supplies and Shopping Notes
2017 -18 Printable Calendar Pages ( perfect for your 3ring binder)
All printables are 8.5 x 11.
Is this a physical home binder and planner that will be shipped to my house?