Organize Your Holidays with a Christmas Planner

Goodbye, November – Hello, December! If you’re anything like me, you might have just realized that Christmas is right around the corner! And while I’m happily distracting myself with all the wonderful holiday music and movies, it’s time to get my rear end in gear! I’m really good at procrastinating, but I’m even better at getting organized. So to get all the holiday things on track, I made myself this handy dandy little Christmas planner!

A Christmas planner is a great way to get your holiday plans organized! It's the perfect addition to your bullet journal, planner, or traveler's notebook!

I made this little book with some leftover dot grid paper from my disc-bound bullet journal, and a laminated piece of Christmas scrapbook paper. I punched holes in the middle of the pages with an awl, and then sewed them together using embroidery floss. I love how it turned out! The lamination on the cover makes it a little difficult (it doesn’t want to stay closed or lay flat), so feel free to skip that step!

When you make yours, it doesn’t have to be a handmade book. You can use any notebook you have on hand, a few pages in your bullet journal, a separate section of your disc-bound bullet journal, or some pages that you punched and added to your planner. Anything works as long as you’re getting your thoughts and plans organized!

What to Include in Your Christmas Planner

Anything and everything holiday-related! Here are a few ideas:

  • December calendar
  • Holiday to-do list
  • Movies to watch
  • Christmas Countdown
  • Bucket list
  • Local events to check out
  • Family gatherings & work parties
  • Christmas card list
  • Gift List
  • Goodies to bake
  • Ways to give back (here are some super-easy ideas!)
  • Memories and journaling
  • Family traditions
  • Holiday meal menu & shopping list
  • Things to be grateful for during the holidays

What’s in my Christmas Planner?

Since the cover is laminated, it’s the perfect place to catch any sticky notes I might have. The opening page has a little Christmas tree doodle and an index so I can easily find everything.

A Christmas planner is a great way to get your holiday plans organized! It's the perfect addition to your bullet journal, planner, or traveler's notebook!

Next I have my events page where I can list anything local we might want to attend, or any big things happening here at home (like when we put up the tree). Then I have my bucket list, where I want to record things like “attempt to bake cookies with two 2-year-olds and their bossy 4-year-old brother.” Anyone want to come help with that? 🙂 

I also went a little crazy and made a Christmas countdown page. I love this! I outlined 25 squares that were 5 x 5 dots, then counted down the days inside them. I cut out 1” squares from a cute scrapbook paper, and wrote the December dates on those. Then I just taped those on top of the coordinating square in the book. 

A Christmas planner is a great way to get your holiday plans organized! It's the perfect addition to your bullet journal, planner, or traveler's notebook!

On to the more practical and useful lists – I have a gift list that helps us stick to our holiday budget. I have room to write the person’s name, how much money we plan on spending per person, gift ideas, the actual gift we find them, how much we spent, and checkboxes for wrapped and mailed. I think for us, one of the hardest part of the holidays is not going nuts and buying all the things! This really keeps things in check for us.

A note about the gift list: if your kids can read your planner, you might want to paperclip these pages closed or even code those entries somehow!

The card list comes after the gift list. I can have everyone’s names and addresses all in one place, and a checkbox for when I get it written and mailed.

A Christmas planner is a great way to get your holiday plans organized! It's the perfect addition to your bullet journal, planner, or traveler's notebook!

One of my favorite pages comes next – holiday movies to watch! So many to put on here! And then the menu page. Holiday meals are so special, so I want to make sure we have something delicious for Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

I also have a page for Elf Pocket ideas, and a page for my Christmas to-do list (for things like mail out Christmas cards and buy presents!).

I left a few pages near the end for Memories. Here I can record what actually happens when I try baking with all three kids, and how happy they were on Christmas morning.

A Christmas planner is a great way to get your holiday plans organized! It's the perfect addition to your bullet journal, planner, or traveler's notebook!

The very last page (Notes) is for any random thought that comes into my head. And the back cover is one of my favorite things! I made the cover a little longer so that I could make a pocket! All I did was fold the flap over and tape the top and bottom with some clear packing tape. Now I can slide in receipts or anything else holiday related that I need to keep track of!

A Christmas planner is a great way to get your holiday plans organized! It's the perfect addition to your bullet journal, planner, or traveler's notebook!

Now that I’ve got my Christmas planner all assembled and decorated, I can’t wait to start filling it out! 

What pages will you be including in your Christmas planner? Will it go in your bullet journal, planner, or traveler’s notebook? Tell me below in the comments, and have fun making it!

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  1. I love your countdown page and all the fun colorful tape you used! Wooo fun!
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  2. I made a very rough looking Christmas list in a random notebook. I prefer your beautiful one so much better!
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  3. OH MY GOSH. What a fantastic idea!!!! I”m always making little sticky notes and typing to-do’s in my phone over the holidays. THIS would keep me so much more organized (and sane)!
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    • Thanks, Chrissa! That’s what I usually do! this is my first year using the Christmas planner, and it’s such an improvement!

  4. Wow, you’ve thought of everything! Thanks for the great resource!

  5. Planners specifically for Christmas!!! Need one of these in my life for sure.

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I need this planner in my life to make this season go a little bit smoother.

  7. I’m not a good list person. But I would probably get more done if I did! Sometimes I write things down, and then I forget where I wrote it. :0
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    • Lol! That’s the really good thing about bullet journaling – I can make all my lists, and as long as I don’t lose the book all will be well! 🙂

  8. This is adorable! I love the sparkly washi tape!

  9. Love this idea, especially since it’s just December 1st, and I’m ALREADY feeling behind & frazzled. Definitely a great way to get myself organized this season.

    • Me too! I’m always a procrastinator, but this year seems to have a little more pressure on it. Maybe because my girls are old enough to know what’s going on this year? Good luck to you!

  10. Samantha, you have fantastic ideas! I love your darling festive Christmas planner. It’s such a great way to stay organized. Thank you so much for sharing your holiday inspiration. 🙂

  11. Love this idea & definitely going to have to create one of my own this year as it is our turn to host and being an OCD perfectionist who loves to throw a party, this will come in handy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. How sweet! Love how creative you are! It’s a fabulous idea especially since there is always SOOOO much going on!

    • Thanks, Devina! It’s really a great way to get your to-dos organized and do a little memory keeping all in one place! 🙂

  13. What a great idea! I need somewhere to keep track of my Christmas activities, event, crafting projects, and presents!
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  14. What a wonderful idea to get organized! Thanks for sharing this, I will definitely put it into good use!
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  15. Hi really love this idea. I’m excited to make one, a few days late in the game. Was the count down to Christmas just for fun? These would make great gifts too…if you sent them out in time, haha. Thanks so much for the cool idea. You’re so organized.

    • Thanks, Angela! The countdown was so much fun to make! I think I spent longer on that than I did anything else in the book, but it was totally worth it!

  16. I really love the idea of a Christmas planner/journal to keep everything organized in one place. There really is so much to keep on top of this time of year – it’s overwhelming! I’d add a page for cookie baking plans – which recipes I plan to make, ingredients list, etc! 🙂
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