WEEK BY WEEK CHRISTMAS PLANNING: THE ULTIMATE CHECKLIST

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Use my free Christmas planner printable to plan your family Christmas in as stress-free a way as possible. Use the planner to save time, money and reduce your stress levels.

WEEK BY WEEK CHRISTMAS PLANNER

Are you in need of a free Christmas planner?

Look no further!

I’ve put together a really simple, week-by-week Christmas planner to help you plan every step of the way to Christmas day.

Don’t worry if you’ve found this post closer to Christmas than the planner start date of 1 October.

You will still find it a useful way to break down all the tasks that need to be covered off between now and 25th December.

If you are arriving here later than October, you might also like to check my 11 tips for taking the stress out of planning and hosting Christmas. These tips are things I’ve learned over my years of planning and hosting family Christmases. They are worth their weight in gold!!

THE ULTIMATE WEEK BY WEEK CHRISTMAS PLANNER

My free printable Christmas planner is the lynchpin of my Christmas planning. 

It’s a really simple, week-by-week, Christmas planner that will help you plan every step of the way to Christmas day.

The planner starts from 1 October. But don’t worry if you’ve landed here closer to Christmas. 

You will still find the planner a useful way to break down all the tasks that need to be covered off between now and 25th December.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE CHRISTMAS PLANNER

OCTOBER

WEEK 1

  • Create a Christmas event calendar – who is going where and when
  • Define a budget 
  • Complete your master checklist 
  • Christmas decor – Decide decor theme/review decorations 

DOWNLOAD MY FREE CHRISTMAS DECOR PLANNER PDF PRINTABLES TO HELP PLAN

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

NOVEMBER

WEEK 1

  • Book pantomime and/or Christmas shows
  • Book Santa Claus visit
  • Buy or make Christmas gift wrap
  • Buy any extra crockery, cutlery or serving dishes for Christmas day

WEEK 2

  • Write card list
  • Buy Christmas cards and stamps
  • Take a family photo if doing a photo Christmas card

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

DECEMBER

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

  • Wrap gifts for friends and family you will see over Christmas
  • Wrap stocking stuffers and stuff stockings to hide ready for Christmas
  • Place gifts under the tree that aren’t being delivered by Santa

WEEK 4

  • Do big Christmas grocery shop / have it delivered
  • Put together Christmas table centrepiece
  • Put together Christmas day timeline  

FREE CHRISTMAS PLANNER PRINTABLE TO DOWNLOAD

I’ve also created a free printable download version of the Planner version. It’s all on one sheet, so super easy to use. Grab your free printable download here.

Week-by-Week Christmas Planner

OCTOBER WEEK 1

Create a Christmas event calendar - who is going where and when

  • Define a budget 
  • Complete your master checklist 
  • Christmas decor - Decide decor theme/review decorations 
WEEK 2

Plan Christmas food, see my Easy Christmas dinner menu

WEEK 3 WEEK 4

Make Christmas cake and Christmas pudding

NOVEMBER

WEEK 1

  • Book pantomime and/or Christmas shows
  • Book Santa Claus visit
  • Buy or make Christmas gift wrap
  • Buy any extra crockery, cutlery or serving dishes for Christmas day
WEEK 2
  • Write card list
  • Buy Christmas cards and stamps
  • Take a family photo if doing a photo Christmas card
WEEK 3

Write out grocery list for big Christmas shop use my free printable list and meal plan

  • Write Christmas cards, stamp and address them, ready to send first week of December

WEEK 4

Buy Christmas gifts – use this free gift shopping planner and make sure to check out my post on how to save money on Black Friday

DECEMBER

WEEK 1

Post-Christmas cards

WEEK 2

Buy stocking stuffers 

WEEK 3

Wrap gifts for friends and family you will see over Christmas

  • Wrap stocking stuffers and stuff stockings to hide ready for Christmas
  • Place gifts under the tree that aren’t being delivered by Santa
WEEK 4

Do big Christmas grocery shop / have it delivered

  • Put together Christmas table centrepiece
  • Put together Christmas day timeline  

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25 thoughts on “WEEK BY WEEK CHRISTMAS PLANNING: THE ULTIMATE CHECKLIST”

  1. Sorry, but that very first item on the first week? I SO WISH! The problem with making decisions like that is it relies so much on other people having made their decisions and that ain’t happening around here, sigh. Oh well, we can only try.

  2. I have already started Xmas shopping (a few months ago in the John Lewis sale actually) and have diligently entered them in my planner. I love Christmas, so the earlier the better for me!

  3. Thank you for the Linky Option! I added my first post in my Christmas Organization series at http://www.mompaperscissors.com Love your list and how simple it is!! 🙂 (Oh-and my family was laughing at me this week as I confirmed addresses for Christmas cards. They won’t be laughing when I’m all ready for Christmas before December even comes!! haha)

  4. Love your list, and it was a huge hit at the party last week. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. You had one of the top views at the party from last week!

    I will be back to add my Christmas links, too!

    Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. 🙂
    XO
    Kathy

  5. I am not really ready to think about Christmas yet, but having this list will help keep me more organized. Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I am sharing this in my Top 10 Favorites post that goes live on Monday morning!

  6. I love all things Christmas! My goal is to be more organized this year. I love how you tackle EVERYTHING Christmas related to try and make less work later on. It’s my sons first birthday the week before Christmas so the more I do now the better.

    I just wrote a guide on how to get Christmas presents in bulk for cheaper. I am almost done and it’s mid-September! That makes Christmas so much less stressful!

    http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/hosting-parties/

  7. This is a great plan but I’ve heard some people shop boxing day sales in preparation of next Christmas and the reps fly out and source from one for the next. If you are creative then mid summer is a starting point. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow, you are super organised. I don’t even think about Christmas until December. I remember a couple of years ago, I decided to be organised. By the time December came I had all the presents bought and wrapped and the cards written out. It totally spoilt the build up the Christmas, and I vowed never to do it again lol #TheList
    Debbie

  9. Yes! I LOVE THIS! I am such an organised person, this suits me perfectly. I’ve already started planning lists of presents and working out how I’m going to tackle it this year, setting aside a budget etc. But this list is perfect. Definitely bookmarking! Thank you for sharing it. xx #thelist

  10. I love getting organised for christmas, I need to get on with planning, usually I have abit more of an idea of what I will get the kids, but I am struggling for ideas this year.

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