Christmas planning in July – choose 4 tasks

Regular readers of the blog would be familiar with my Christmas in July planning series. It is not about going over the top and getting everything sorted for Christmas, but it is about taking some time out at a more quieter time of the year and choosing a few activities to take the pressure off the end of the year.

Last year I shared a complete checklist for Christmas planning which is now my go to guide for Christmas planning. It made working out to do this July so much easier!

From this list I am going to do the following four activities this July:

  • Decide on theme for Christmas
  • Make handmade gifts
  • Christmas gift idea list
  • Christmas present tags

Each week I will share my progress here on the blog. If you haven’t undertaken some Christmas planning in July before, I can highly recommend it.

Through creating a Christmas plan, you are able to better manage the workload of the activities. Take four activities from the list that you know will help make your life a little easier by the time December rolls around!

How to use the Christmas planning checklist

PWK Christmas 50+ things to do checklist.xlsx
It has over 50 activities listed. You may not need or want to do all of these items, but it will provide inspiration and motivation to get you organised for Christmas 2016. You can see the Christmas planning checklist in the table below. I have also uploaded a spreadsheet that you can freely download in two formats:

The spread sheet contains some extra columns for dates and notes. You can either use it directly on the computer or print it out depending on your personal preference. If you are using the Google sheet version, click on ‘File’, then ‘make a copy’ to have your own version you can edit.

Once you have selected your four activities you can keep the list as a work in progress as Christmas comes closer. This will help you spread the work load more evenly.

Happy planning!

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Conduct Christmas supplies audit (wrapping, presents stashed away etc). Make sure you know what you have before you start buying anything.
Update or create Christmas budgetHow to set a Christmas budget
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Update or create Christmas card list
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Buy or source Christmas wrapping paperThrifty gift wrapping for Christmas
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Create a Christmas present ideas list for friendsAs above!
Write Christmas cards
Schedule all Christmas festivities on/in your calendar
If hosting create a Christmas menu planChristmas menu plan ideas
Create a work plan for the month out to Christmas to create the menu planChristmas Day Preparation – What You Can Do Ahead and When
Undertake a wardrobe declutter and check that everyone has an appropriate outfit for ChristmasTips for decluttering your home
Make or purchase small handmade treat for the kids' class giftsMarshmallow Christmas trees
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Make or purchase teacher giftsChristmas gifts for teachers
Easy DIY ideas
Make or purchase neighbour giftsPeppermint bath salts
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Make your own coasters
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Make Christmas gifts for friendsAs per neighbours:
Peppermint bath salts
Essential oil roll on
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Make your own coasters
Undertake online Christmas shopping11 Christmas gifts you can buy online for under $40 (incl postage)
Undertake retail shopping11 secondhand, salvaged and upcycled stores in Melbourne
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Make a donation to your favourite charityDonating at Christmas
Make a Christmas hamperHow to make your own Christmas hamper
Make or purchase Christmas crackersEasy DIY Christmas crackers
Make or buy an advent calendar35 DIY Advent Calendars to Make
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Wrap presentsChristmas wrapping ideas
Send Christmas cards and overseas presents
Set up and decorate the Christmas treeMartha Stewart Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
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Make or buy a Christmas wreathHomemade magazine wreath
Whimsical paper wreath
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Set up Christmas lights25 Gorgeous Ways to Use Christmas Lights
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Stock up pantryPantry staples list
Stock up the drinks cabinet
Make homemade Christmas food giftsAlmond butter
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See the Christmas lights in your area
Create a Christmas table setting planAffordable festive ideas for a lovely Christmas table
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Create Christmas week work planChristmas Day Preparation – What You Can Do Ahead and When
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Make a Christmas playlist50 best Christmas songs
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Make a gingerbread houseHow to make your first gingerbread house
Watch a Christmas movie with the familyThe 20 best Christmas movies for kids
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Read Christmas stories together as a familyBest Christmas books
Print out some Christmas printables for the kids8 Free Christmas Printables
Volunteer time at a charity
Declutter the kids toys (make room for the new ones and give unwanted to charity)Tips for decluttering your home
Undertake a family clean of the house
Take a famiy Christmas photoTips On Taking Photos For Christmas Cards
Make Christmas party treatsChristmas Treats To Make With Kids
13 sweet treat recipes (without the cane sugar)
Take the kids to visit Santa
Attend a Christmas vigil
Put the stockings out for Santa
Leave Santa a drink and snack and something for the reindeers
Enjoy your family Christmas traditions

Are you undertaking a planning Christmas in July? If so what are you working on?