Make It! Create A Christmas Planner

What's the secret to keeping the cheer in Christmas? A Christmas planner!

Command central for holiday planning, a Christmas planner is a dedicated, portable place to keep gift lists, menus, recipes and Christmas card lists.

Using a Christmas planner, you'll save time, cut stress and create the holiday of your dreams.

The Christmas planner concept is popping up everywhere. Scrapbookers make lavish lunchbox planners, while their stamping sisters embellish pocket planners. Notebook fans swear by their 3-ring Christmas binders, while PDA users swap databases for holiday planning.

Here at ChristmasPlanner.com, we gather the best tips, ideas and free printables to help you make your own Christmas planner.

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Handheld Holiday Organizer Updated for 2013

Fans of "small and simple", rejoice! AmberLee, from the GiversLog blog, has updated her popular Handheld Holiday Organizer for 2013.

We love this free printable. The small form factor makes it portable, and AmberLee's clean and pretty graphic design makes it easy on the eyes.

This year, as always, there are two versions of this printable to choose from: pre-filled, or blank. Get it ... for an organized Christmas!

GiversLog: 2013 Handheld Holiday Organizer

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Fresh and Pretty: 5 Free Christmas Planner Pages

Oooh ... these free Christmas planning pages from Botanical Paperworks are fresh, pretty, and free for the printing.

With five bright planners, you'll be on top of holiday prep from gifts to cards to Christmas dinner and traditions. The calm color scheme and beautiful headers make it a joy to get organized for Christmas!

Check them out here:

Get Organized With Christmas Planner Pages

Or download the .PDF file:

5 Free Printable Christmas Planner Pages

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Erica's Ring-Bound Christmas Planner and Free Printable

Small, sweet and colorful, we love this crafty ring-bound planner from craft designer Erica's Doing Something Else!

Erica used commercial scrapbooking products to create her little planner. With simple ring binding, pretty dividers and a free printable for small-sized planner pages, it packs a lot of organizing power in a tiny creative package.

Better, this would make a great "scrappy" project to use extra chipboard and bits and pieces of holiday-themed scrapbooking paper to good effect. Add some down-sized planner pages from Organized Christmas, and you could create your own planner for pennies .. or less!

Nice job!

Erica's Christmas Planner

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Smart Christmas Planner Solution: Duo Multitasking Organizer

It's a binder. It's an accordion file. It'll supercharge your Christmas planner to create a place for receipts, recipes and tear files along side your gift lists and menu plans: the Duo 7-Pocket Accordion File Binder.

This bright idea combines the efficiency of a standard three-ring binder with the convenience of of an expanding accordion file, making it perfect to house your Christmas planner.

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Helpful How-To: Amanda's Christmas Planner Tour

Wondering how a real-world Christmas planner looks--and works? Get inspired by this story from blogger Amanda at the Small Home Big Start blog.

Moving step-by-step through her planner, Amanda shows how she uses it to organize holiday preparation, gifts and decor. Without going "over the top", her planner tour focuses on usability. And with links to her favorite printables, she makes it easy to follow her lead to create a personal planner for Christmas organizing.

We love it!

Christmas Planner: Keeping Organized Over the Holidays

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