Did you know that there are only 66 days until Christmas? No? Well neither did I until I just checked the Christmas Countdown website! So in order to get organised I recently purchased a Christmas Planner from BusyB. I have bought other products from BusyB, such as their Birthday Card Book and found them to be very very helpful in terms of keeping myself organised.
The Christmas Planner has a hardback cover and is designed to last for five years of festive organising. On the inside front cover it is fitted with a handy little tearaway notepad, which you could easily take out of the book and pop it into your handbag when you go out Christmas shopping. The rest of the book is then divided into four sections – Cards, Gifts, Foods and Planning. Throughout the book you can also find handy little paper pockets and a couple of plastic pockets for keeping receipts or clippings.
In the cards section there are pages with spaces to write the names and addresses of the people who you send cards to, with tick boxes on the same row to identify whether you have sent cards or received cards for the next five years. At the back of this section there are some notes pages and a paper storage pocket.
This section is split into Gift Ideas and Gifts Received. On the Gift Ideas pages you have spaces for the persons name, a couple of gift ideas, the budget and the actual spend. At the very bottom of the page it has space for the total spend, which is very useful if you are trying to stick to a budget. On the Gifts Received pages it has spaces for who the gift was for, who it was from, the gift and a tick box to indicate whether you thanked the sender. How sweet!
I am hoping not to have to use this section this year as I don’t really want to cook, but it will probably end up happening. No, its not because I can’t be bothered, its because I would rather spend my time with the little tyke rather than spending half of Christmas day sweating in the kitchen as per previous years. Watch this space. I bet I will end up cooking. Anyway, back to the book! This section is split up into Menu Planning and Recipes. On the Menu Planning pages it has spaces for nibbles, starter, main, dessert and drinks. On the Recipe pages it has spaces for temperature, cooking times, ingredients and method. At the very end of the section there are some plastic pockets for receipts or magazine clippings.
A section with lots of pages to make all your ‘To Do’ lists. I always have lists on the go, inside and outside of work. My memories really not what it used to be so I have to write everything down!
I haven’t started using the planner as yet as I feel its just a little bit early, but as we get into November its definitely going to help me with planning ahead for the holiday season. I love the look and feel of the products from Busy B, there is a little bit of a vintage look to their style which looks attractive. If Christmas can be a bit of a logistical nightmare, this lovely little planner comes in very handy!