Have yourself a merry little bullet journal planned Christmas
Last year in December I finally stopped being a bystander and hopped onto the bullet journal train. By which point most of my Christmas planning was already complete (except the bits that I suddenly realised I’d forgot at the last minute! Why does that happen every year no matter how much planning you do?) This means that this year is my first bullet journaled Christmas.
Now I’m not going to hold anything back in this blog post, so if you are a friend or family member, thank you for visiting, I love you dearly, but you need to leave now.
…Right I’m going to assume we’re safe now so let’s get started!
The first thing I did was a Christmas present audit.
I’ve been trying to buy presents as I’ve gone along this year. I had wonderful intentions after last Christmas that I was going to fully map out what I was going to buy for everyone and then intentionally buy their presents throughout the year. What actually happened is I kept meaning to do that, normally when I was out in a shop and I would spot something in sale that I thought “so-and-so would like that”. Or “that’s lovely I must know someone who would like that, I’ll buy it now while it’s a bargain and figure out who I’ll give it to later”.
So when I actually wrote out my Christmas present list in November (11 months late!), I had quite the stash of presents put to one side and I’ll admit I felt a bit smug. I then went through absolutely everything and wrote down what I had, then afterwards began to put names next to them. I began to notice that I was writing my kids names more often than not.
I then wrote out my list of who I needed to buy presents for and what I already had.
That smug feeling began to slip quickly away as I completed my present audit and saw that there were a lot of blank spaces. Oh dear! I began to remember all the times it’s been someone’s birthday and I got their present out of my stash, so glad that it was all sorted in advance.
Now since then I have been implementing my Christmas plan of attack and filling in the gaps (thank you Amazon and eBay!) so the photo you are looking at is not what I saw last week, but as you can see there is still plenty of work to be done!
Christmas plan of attack:
- Fill in ideas in all of the gaps
- Buy the things
- Wrap and label the things
- Bag them up according to family so that when it’s time to hand them out I just have to pick up the right bag and go
- Write Christmas cards
- Send and give all Christmas cards.
Is there anyone else out there that’s a complete muppet at giving out Christmas cards? I’m always good about writing them, I have them all ready to go and then there’s always a small pile still there on Christmas eve that I never got round to actually giving. This year that will not happen! (She says, again for the umpteenth year in a row…*sigh*)
Sounds simple doesn’t it? In reality it’s going to be a lot of hours of work…
How is your Christmas planning?
And if you are one of these wise people who’ve already bought and wrapped everything already, please give the gift of your wise words of what tips and tricks you do to achieve that in the comments below.
Also if you have any present ideas please share! I have gaps on my Christmas gift list to fill…