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21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 5 {Update}

Join the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge

Yesterday’s project was to read Chapter 3 of Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.) and to figure out when you’re buying/making your Christmas gifts — if you haven’t done so already.

Gingerbread House-Making Party

I’m a little late in getting this post up because we had two Christmas parties yesterday afternoon/evening and didn’t get home until late last night. One of them was a Gingerbread House-Making Contest Party, which was so much fun — even if our team’s attempt making a Monticello Gingerbread House didn’t quite pan out as we’d anticipated. 🙂

I sat down and put dates on my calendar for what I was going to buy and make when and it feels so good to have that all planned out! Once I got those details out of my head, I realized that things are in pretty good shape for our Christmas gifts. And that was a great feeling!

Did you figure out when you’re going to buy/make all your Christmas gifts? I’d love to hear what you’re doing — especially if it’s something creative or a little outside the norm. And if you’re blogging about this challenge, I’d love it if you left a link to your blog post, too. Let’s encourage each other to simplify and savor this season more!

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 5

Join the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge

It’s Day 5 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge! Now that you’ve got your Christmas budget in place and determined who you’re going to buy presents for, and figured out what you’re going to buy/make, it’s take to figure out the specific details of when you’re going to shop or make your gifts.

Make your own gift bows

Creative wrapping idea: Make your own gift bows!

If you’re buying presents, sit down today and determine:

  • When will you take the time to buy these gifts? Will you be buying online or in-store?
  • Look at your calendar and schedule a shopping time. I’d encourage you to schedule an extra hour or two more than you think you’ll need just to give you some breathing room and prevent feeling stressed.
  • Also, make a list of what you’re planning to buy at which stores. Map out a route that is the most efficient for the different stores you’ll need to stop at.

If you’re making presents, sit down today and determine:

  • When will you take the time to make these presents?
  • Do you need to purchase any supplies? If so, when will you purchase the supplies?
  • Look at your calendar and schedule time(s) to make these gifts. I’d encourage you to schedule an extra few hours more than you think you’ll need just to give you some breathing room and prevent feeling stressed.

Creative Wrapping Ideas

Creative Wrapping Idea: Use old maps as gift wrap!

Do you need to buy any wrapping supplies? If so, add these to your list. Check the creative wrapping ideas in Chapter 3 if you need ideas.

Day 5 Project

1. If you didn’t get a chance to do so yesterday, read chapter 3 from Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.)

2. Schedule when you’ll do your Christmas shopping/gift-making. Evaluate each item on your list to make sure you have the time and money to pull it off. If not, pare down your plan so that it’s realistic and doable.

3. Come back at around 9 p.m. EST tonight and I’ll have a follow-up post sharing about our Christmas shopping plans and encouraging you to share about yours, too!

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 4 {Update}

Join the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge

Today’s project was to read Chapter 3 of Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.) and to figure out what you’re buying/making for those on your Christmas gift list.

Unfortunately, I’m going to have sit this project out… because just about everyone on our Christmas gift list knows about my blog. So I don’t want to risk ruining their Christmas gifts by sharing my list publicly. 🙂

But I did sit down and finish the list today — and assign days and dates to when I needed to have the gifts finished. And it feels so good to have that all planned out!

Did you figure out your Christmas gift list? I’d love to hear what you’re doing — especially if it’s something creative or a little outside the norm. And if you’re blogging about this challenge, I’d love it if you left a link to your blog post, too. Let’s encourage each other to simplify and savor this season more!

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 4

Join the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge

It’s Day 4 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge! Now that you’ve got your Christmas budget in place and determined who you’re going to buy presents for, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to buy or make for those on your list.

Some of you have commented and said you’ve actually already gotten all of your Christmas shopping/gift-making done this year. If that’s you, I’m impressed and inspired. And the rest of us will try not to envy your organizational skills. 🙂

For those of you like me who haven’t finished our Christmas shopping and crafting, today’s the day to make a plan for what you still need to buy/make and when you are going to buy it/make it.

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Free Printable Handmade Gift Planner from Callaloo Soup

Look at the master list you made yesterday of who you are going to buy/make gifts for and decide for sure what you’re planning to buy/make — or at least jot down some ideas of what you think you’ll buy. {You can use one of these free printable gift list spreadsheets, if you’d like.}

Once you have your list written, step back and evaluate it:

  • Do you need to be buying all the items listed?
  • Can you afford to buy all of the items listed?
  • If not, do you have time to make something for that person?
  • If so, what are you going to make and how much time do you have to invest?

Pare down your list, if need be, based upon the answers to these questions. This is not because you are not generous or cold-hearted, but because sometimes you just have to face the reality that you can’t do it all.

Remember, like I said yesterday: Streamlining and simplifying your gift list so that you have breathing room and aren’t exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed all December could be one of the best gifts you could give those closest to you — the gift of your presence!

Free printable Christmas shopping list

Free printable Christmas Shopping list from Exceptional Charm

Day 4 Project

1. Read chapter 3 from Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.)

2. Make a list of everything you’ll be buying/making as gifts for Christmas. Evaluate each item on your list to make sure you have the time and money to pull it off. If not, pare down your plan so that it’s realistic and doable.

3. Come back at around 9 p.m. EST tonight and I’ll have a follow-up post sharing about our Christmas gift list and encouraging you to share about yours, too!

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 3 {Update}

Join the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge

Today’s project was to read Chapter 2 of Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.) and to figure out your Christmas gift list.

Our Christmas Gift List

As I mentioned, we pared down our list this year. Here’s my list:

  • Immediate family: gifts + stocking stuffers
  • Extended family: Names we drew + a few family gifts
  • Our team members
  • White Elephant gifts for upcoming Christmas parties
  • Service workers: mail people, library staff, etc.
  • Kids’ friends

And I think that’s it. If I get inspired to do more, I might. But I’m giving myself grace this year to not have to do a bunch of gifts for a bunch of different people. And it feels good. 🙂

Did you figure out your Christmas gift list? Share it with us in the comments. And if you’re blogging about this challenge, I’d love it if you left a link to your blog post, too. Let’s encourage each other to simplify and savor this season more.

21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 3

Join the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge

It’s Day 3 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge! Now that you’ve got your Christmas budget in place, it’s time to figure out your Christmas gift list.

Some of you probably had this done ages ago — and that’s fantastic. The rest of us admire you. 🙂

If you haven’t had time to write down a gift list, today’s the day to do it!

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Think of everyone you need/want to buy gifts for and then make a master list. You can use one of these free printable gift list spreadsheets, if you’d like.

Once you have your list written, step back and evaluate it. Do you need to be buying for everyone on that list? Can you afford to buy something for everyone on the list? If not, do you have time to make something for them?

Pare down your list, if need be, based upon the answers to these questions. This is not because you are not generous or cold-hearted, but because sometimes you just have to face the reality that you can’t do it all.

Streamlining and simplifying your gift list so that you have breathing room and aren’t exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed all December could be one of the best gifts you could give those closest to you — the gift of your presence!

Day 2 Project

1. Read chapter 2 from Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. (Did you sign up for your free copy yet? If not, click here and fill out the form to be emailed a copy.)

2. Make a list of everyone you’ll be buying gifts for this Christmas. Evaluate each recipient to make sure they are someone that should be on your list.

3. Come back at around 9 p.m. EST tonight and I’ll have a follow-up post sharing about our Christmas gift list and encouraging you to share about yours, too!