Organized Christmas

Making a Christmas Planner? Get Inspired!

Will you be joining one of our holiday plans to prepare for the coming Christmas season? Get ready! Long-time readers know that creating a planner for Christmas organizing is the first step to an organized holiday season.

We've got help! Check our focus site, ChristmasPlanner.com!

To make easy to create and use your Christmas organizing power tool, check the site's Make It! Christmas planner section, which offers a complete guide to making a Christmas planner notebook. You'll find how-to articles and supply lists and divider ideas.

To help you fill your Christmas notebook, we're gathering the Web's best free printables and resources in our new Print It! section.

Don't miss our growing list of Christmas checklists. Our Plan It! feature is designed to be a quick and easy guideline for holiday planning.

Most of all, this site showcases you: the Web's best and most creative Christmas organizers. In the Tour It! section, you'll find planner tours and tutorials from the Web. Whether it's a simple Christmas notebook or creative holiday planner printables, you'll find inspiration to guide you as you make your own holiday planner.

Welcome! It's time to get organized for the holiday season ... with a Christmas planner!

   Read More >>

Recycle Halloween Candy: Harvest S'Mores In A Jar!

Making seasonal S'Mores In A Jar for any holiday is easy--if Peeps ® brand Marshmallow Candies are available for the celebration of your choice. Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Valentines Day are on the list, but so far, Thanksgiving Day is not.

Until JustBorn, manufacturer of Marshmallow Peeps, gets with the harvest holiday, we have a work-around for you!

Better yet, it's a frugal way to repurpose extra Jack O'Lantern Peeps left over from Halloween.

These Harvest S'Mores In A Jar are created using the back side of Halloween Pumpkin Peeps. Pointing the Jack O'Lantern faces to the inside of the jar creates a pretty harvest jar gift.

Better still, with Halloween Peeps on sale at clearance prices after October 31, it's a frugal and festive way to say "Happy Thanksgiving!"

To make it easy, our printable gift tag includes the S'mores in a Jar recipe.

Candy Overload? Repurpose, Recycle and Reduce the Trick-or-Treat Haul!

Halloween is coming ... and so is the morning of November 1st! For parents, that's the time when the excitement of Trick-or-Treat night gives way to post-Halloween reality: what to do with all that Halloween candy?

Whether they're worried about tooth decay and nutrition, or simply want to avoid the stress of a week of candy-fueled behavior from the little ones, smart parents put strategies in place to handle the Trick-or-Treat haul.

Here are some of our favorite ideas to repurpose, recycle and reduce the amount of Halloween candy in your organized home.

   Read More >>

Master Gift List: A Holiday Shopper's Best Friend

Every family has one: a gift-giver of extraordinary flair and creativity. Year after year, this paragon finds just the right gift, large or small, for every friend and relation, and all without breaking the bank.

Her “just because” offerings are tiny jewels, she’s hip to the latest teen trends—and she never, ever hears the double-barbed response, “Oh, you shouldn't have--you really shouldn’t have!”

What’s her secret? A master gift list.

   Read More >>

Before The Season: Focus On Holiday Values

What do you really want for Christmas? Our ideas may differ in the details, but most of us want much the same thing: a seasonal celebration focused on faith, family and friends.

We want the excitement of the season without the disruption that too often comes with it. We want to draw closer to those around us, not to be thrust apart by hectic schedules. We want to enjoy as well as to prepare, and to keep the Christmas season in a manner that is joyous and spiritually centered.

Problem is, it’s easy to get caught up in the seasonal whirlwind! Tradition, the media, family expectations and the economy lean on our decision-making, each with a different agenda. Unconscious forces can distort our celebration for reasons that have nothing to do with what we truly want from the holiday.

   Read More >>

Schedule Smart for Stress-Free Holidays

When you think about Christmas from a few weeks away, there’s a luxurious feeling of “plenty of time”, but as December draws near, the season’s pace quickens exponentially. Where did the time go?

Time takes on a slippery quality as the holiday season approaches.

Being proactive--and early--saves time and stress as the season's pace quickens.

Take major action against the seasonal time crunch with a pre-season scheduling session. The goal: to arrange for all those little appointments that slip the mind so easily.

   Read More >>

Sand Art Brownies

Looking for a classic "gift in a jar" for holiday gifts?

Sand Art Brownies are easy to make gift in a jar and oh, so pretty! Layered cocoa, brown sugar, chocolate chips and pecans make this Mason jar recipe extra-special.

Welcome a neighbor, thank a teacher or give a homemade Christmas gift with this layered cookie-in-a-jar recipe.

Our recipe includes free printable gift tags to make assembling your Sand Art Brownies a breeze!

Halloween S'Mores In A Jar

Sharing seasonal fun with friends and family? Share some Halloween S'Mores In A Jar!

A simple layered gift-in-a-jar recipe featuring layers of graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and seasonal candy-coated chocolate candies, it's easy to make and fun to give.

Free printable gift tags with the S'Mores In A Jar recipe bring a decorative touch to this Mason jar gift.

   Read More >>

Get Organized: Make a Christmas Planner

As we get ready for Christmas, we’ll be making lists (and checking them a lot more than twice!), holding discussions with spouses, children and parents, and drawing up a holiday budget. Too often, we record our plans piecemeal, consigning them to a confused clutter of scrawled envelopes, jotted notes and cryptic calendar entries—none of which make it to the shopping center with us when it’s time to buy gifts.

Organized people keep the results of their work in a central place: a Christmas planner.

Easy to make and easier to use, a Christmas planner cuts through holiday clutter and keeps planning on track. Home to lists and recipes, calendars and gift ideas, this simple tool is the architect and source of a serene celebration.

Try these ideas to create and use a Christmas planner: your personal guide to an organized Christmas.

   Read More >>

Christmas Creep Alert: Buy Thanksgiving Treats Now

If you're planning to decorate your Thanksgiving table with a batch of Thanksgiving Blessings Mix this year, stock up on seasonal candies now!

Rising tides of "Christmas Creep" means you may not be able to find Autumn-themed chocolate kisses, candy corn or gift bags when you need them next month.

Last year, many readers reported that seasonal candies were very hard to find after Halloween, making it difficult to assemble Blessings Mix gifts. This year, Christmas merchandise is already crowding Halloween displays in many stores, and poor Thanksgiving has been elbowed aside entirely.

Smart shoppers will add these items to grocery lists now, to be ready for next month's crafting. And while you're in the store, why not let the manager know how we feel about the loss of Thanksgiving from the seasonal rotation? Take aim against Christmas Creep!

Thanksgiving Blessings Mix Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Ready for a new spin on a seasonal taste? Try these spiced pumpkin cookies covered with a melted-butter glaze for a memorable Autumn treat.

An original recipe from Cynthia Ewer, don't let the unusual preparation method throw you; these cookies are tender, delicious, and a perfect companion for coffee, hot chocolate, or a steaming cup of Witches Brew.

Get Organized: Create A Christmas Planning Center

When planning for the holiday season, why try to wing it, on the fly?

Making lists on the go often finds them scattered in your wake, never to be found again.

To stay centered as you plan the holidays and get into the seasonal swing in comfort, find a place in your home to create an activity center devoted to Christmas planning.

A dedicated spot to make gift lists lists and track menus keeps holiday planning on track.

   Read More >>

Boo-ing Friends? More Free Printable Halloween Boo Signs and Boo Poem

Looking for a simple one-page BOO poem for a last-minute Halloween BOO?

Enter BeenBooed.com! This tiny site offers three different Halloween BOO-ing printables (in color, black-and-white and outline versions) which feature the BOO poem on one side, a BOO sign on the other.

Even though the creator didn't find our BOO printables attractive (sniff, sniff), hey--simplicity works, too!

Ready, set ... BOO!

You've Been BOOed

Ready ... or Not?

Are we ready to get organized for Christmas?

It's the traditional opening greeting of the Christmas Countdown. Problem is, each year when I ask the question, I have to remind myself to duck!

I've seen it happen year after year: we careen into the first day of the Countdown saying to ourselves, "It can't possibly be time to prepare for the holidays!"

For many of us, the coming of the holiday season brings a feeling of panic in its wake--and I am not one whit different.

   Read More >>

BOO-tiful Gift In A Jar: Halloween M&M Cookies!

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on October 26, 2014

Looking for a quick and easy Halloween craft gift? Check out this BOO-tiful gift in a jar from Living Locurto blog: Halloween M&M Cookies!

This layered Mason jar gift shows off Halloween-colored M&M candies to spooky perfection! It would be a great addition to a Halloween BOO basket!

The free printable includes the recipe, cover circle and gift tag to make it easy to assemble your own spooky Halloween treat.

Halloween M&M Cookies Gift Tags

   Read More >>

House and Holidays Plan Week 9: Public Spaces

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on October 26, 2014

Halloween ahead! Along with the trick-or-treaters comes a new pace to the season. Thanksgiving is on the horizon, so it’s time to turn our attention to the public space in our home: the living room or great room.

In holiday prep, we’ll prepare for Halloween and enjoy the week’s celebrations. We’ll complete Christmas cards or holiday letters, buy holiday stamps, and start saving mailing boxes so that we can recycle them to send gifts.

Public Space Week Assignments

   Read More >>

Holiday Grand Plan Week 9: Pantry / Closets

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on October 26, 2014

Week Nine at the Holiday Grand Plan, Pantry Week, finds us still in the kitchen. This week, we focus on food storage, the pantry and any additional closets. Taking time to declutter, deep-clean and organize these storage areas will pay off when holiday baking begins.

Holiday prep chores this ween see us begin to address Christmas cards, continue to work on holiday gifts, and start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner.

Ready? Let's get organized with Pantry Week in the Holiday Grand Plan!

Pantry/Closets Week on the Holiday Grand Plan

   Read More >>

Get Ready for Christmas with the Christmas Countdown

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on October 25, 2014

What do you really want for Christmas? More time, more joy, and less stress? Welcome to Christmas Countdown 2014!

A calmer, more centered holiday celebration is easy when you simplify your holidays with the Christmas Countdown, a six-week Christmas organizing plan from Organized Christmas.

Now in our 17th year on the Web, Christmas Countdown 2014 begins Sunday, October 26. Won't you join us?

   Read More >>

October Rudolph Club Meeting

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on October 25, 2014

Welcome to the Rudolph Club: your once-a-month meeting to simplify your holidays and get organized for Christmas!

At Organized Christmas, we know that the holiday season can be fast and furious. Solution? Take a day once each month throughout the year to plan and prepare for a more-organized holiday season.

On the 25th of each month, we'll bring simple assignments and easy tips to try now for a simpler, more joyous season. Over the year, you'll tackle planning and preparations to make the season lighter, brighter and less stressful come December.

October's Rudolph Club topic? Holiday meals! Will they be festive ... or frazzled?

   Read More >>

Pages