Christmas Challenge 2020 - WEEK 1


Can you believe we are less than 7 weeks away from Christmas?! The Holidays can often be stressful, so this week we wanted to send you some ideas to hopefully help make this holiday season a little more organized and a lot less stressful. 2020 has been a rough year for us all so anything we can do to ease stress sounds good right? 😃

Each week we will have a main theme we are going to focus on, and a list of tasks that need to be completed.  So with that being said, it's time to jump right in.  The first thing you are going to want to do is grab a notebook or binder that can serve as your Christmas planner. You will then print out and fill in the following information below.  


Setting a budget is so important. This will help you stay on track of your finances and not over extend yourself. Here are some things to consider when setting your family’s budget.
  • What did you spend last year on Christmas? Realistically, you will spend the same amount this year.
  • Set your budget into categories. (Your children’s gifts, charity gifts, gifts for family & friends, food, decor, etc.)
  • Set an amount for each category and try to stay under that.
  • Make an envelope to for each category and put the budgeted amount of cash in the envelope.  This will make sure you stay on track.  Download your envelope sticker template below.  If you need printable sticker paper to print them on check out our amazon store HERE


The Holiday season is the busiest time of the year. By having a calendar in place you will be able to get the most out of your Christmas season without double booking your family. Be sure to add all of your parties, school events, kid’s Holiday programs, family activities, etc.! I have found that placing these events in the calendar on my phone as well as copies on the refrigerator and in my planner helps tremendously!

Santa isn’t the only one who can benefit from making lists. Making lists can also help keep you organized this Holiday season! Here are some of the different lists that can benefit you and your family.
  • To do lists. (Daily, weekly, and for the whole season)
  • Kids gift wish list - Make a list of gift ideas and clothing sizes to give to friends and family.  
  • Holiday bucket list - A checklist of all the events and activities you and your family want to include in your holiday season.
  • To Make List - If you are anything like me you love to diy everything from gifts to decor.  Make a list now of all those projects so you don’t forget anything or run out of time.  

These can be used in conjunction with your Holiday calendar. There are many other lists that can be helpful when planning and scheduling your holiday season, and will be filling out lots of other lists throughout the course of the challenge so make sure to keep a pen close by.
So on to our tasks for the week.  Complete them at your leisure as long as they get done this week.  
1. Add events to calendar
2. Fill out budget sheets
3. Fill out lists
4. Begin DIY projects if you haven't already.  
5. Buy or order Christmas cards
6. Mail out invitations if you are hosting a party or a cookie     exchange
7. Order an advent calendar - you can get 20% off one from our   Christmas collection when you order direct from our website with  the coupon code MAKINGMEMORIES


We hope that these ideas will help you get started in preparing for one of the best Christmases yet! Let us know if you have any additional ideas or suggestions on ways we can stay organized in our Christmas planning this season!