LWSL Free Holiday Planning Guide

Free Holiday Planning Workbook

I don’t know abut you, but my feelings this time of year are always mixed.  On the one hand, I truly love the joy of holiday season, but at the same time, I can’t help feel a little stressed.  There are so many expectations!  So many things to do!  So many things to buy!

As my girls get older, I am finding it increasingly important to keep my priorities in check, and especially after taking all their toys away, I am even more determined to be intentional with our time and energy.   I want them to grow up knowing the true meaning of Christmas, remembering happy memories with our family, the special traditions and the joy of giving back, not just the stuff.

It can be very difficult at this time of year to keep your budget under control.  There is seemingly always one more present to buy, one more ingredient to get, or one more card to send.  While it is easy to put off dealing with the repercussions until later, all those little costs can add up to a lot of stress come January.

Good planning is SO key!  It is so important to decide now what you can afford to spend, and to break it down into categories to get a clear idea of what that means for your family.   And in the spirit of stockpiling, planning your menus, grocery lists, and gift needs ahead of time will also mean giving yourself an opportunity to stock up on the items you need when they are at their lowest possible price.  For more tips on keeping your Thanksgiving & Christmas food budget in check, be sure to also read this post on How to Save on Food for the Holidays.

I have updated my Holiday Planning Workbook for 2013.  This is the third year I have used this planner, and I have found it to be a very useful tool for setting our priorities as a family and for planning our holiday budget, gift list, and grocery needs all in one (super cute) place.

{Get your 2013 Holiday Planning Workbook here}

Print this guide and use it to plan your own stress-free, budget-friendly holiday. Here’s to a holiday season filled with joy and peace!

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Do you find the holiday season stressful or joy-filled?  What are your favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions?  What are some things you would like to do differently this year?

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  • Anonymous April 26,

    Can you update this to 2013. This is a great tool to have.

  • JoAnna April 26,

    Can you update this to 2013. This is a great tool to have on hand :)

  • Tere Fredericks May 24,

    Folks, it is VERY easy to update for 2013. The parts you need to update are the calendars. Just find a 2013 calendar and insert it, with the appropriate dates inserted. If you have, like I do for instance, the majority of your family birthdays in either month (all but one of my children born in December/January and my husband born in November!), add those. You should REALLY have a 2013 calendar already, and this isn’t meant meanly, it’s meant to help you realize that a calendar is Your Best Friend. Not your dog, not your SO, not your girls, not anybody/thing else, your calendar!
    I love the layout of this, BTW. Truly cute and more easily used by me, who doesn’t like the majority of the ones I’ve seen. I’ll be adapting this for MAKING gifts — how long it will take, etc. — because I’m so broke. Well, enough.

  • Anonymous September 9,

    Hi- could you please update the calendar part to 2013-
    Although the comment above explained how to substitute that portion on our own, I’d still would like the overall “look” to match if possible :)

    • Ruth Soukup October 29,

      The workbook has now been updated for 2013! :-)

  • anonymous October 29,

    Hello- can you please post the link for the “updated calendar”? It still pulls up showing not the current 2013 (holiday) dates etc/
    Thank you :)

    • Ruth Soukup October 31,

      The link above has been updated for 2013! :-)

  • Laura December 9,

    I am using the Holiday Planning Workbook and I love it! Can you tell me what the handwriting font is? It is so pretty and I would like to add a few pages of my own to customize my holiday planner. Happy Holidays!

  • Planner May 1,

    Cool. Thanks for sharing the holiday planner here. I will visit your blog every now and then for some updates.

  • Megan L September 21,

    Hi Ruth! I have used this holiday planner for the past two years and I absolutely love it. I actually extend it through January so I can organize everything for my son’s birthday at the same time. I remember the 2012 version having a weekly ” make, buy, celebrate” organizer and it’s not in the 2013 version I just opened. Am I thinking of a different printable or was that part changed to the monthly calendar?
    Looking forward to the 2014 update!

  • Linda Lou August 20,

    Thank you so much for giving me this challenge. I will be starting this October. I am waiting on getting some surgery approved. I will be home for awhile after that and I will be able to focus much better and make a commitment that will better stick. I also am going to share this with two couples I know that are struggling right now, that this may help them rethink and find some solutions to help during this time. You are a true blessing! Thank you!


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