OK, let's have a show of hands... Who loves Christmas planning? Me, me! [bustling to front of queue] :)
I normally start at the end of October, when the Flylady http://flylady.net/ starts sending out daily missions. Nothing major - just a bit of planning and doing a little every day. So that when 1 December comes around, you've done the groundwork and actually have time to enjoy going to Christmas parties, end of season Scout group get-togethers, tree decorating parties and breakfast-make-decoration-mornings at school. And something I didn't do pre-Flylady, just soaking up the atmosphere, lights and decorations in town. I now also enjoy watching everyone else running around like headless chickens, but that's not exactly very charitable or in keeping with the Christmas spirit, right? ;)
This year I'm going to start a bit earlier. Mainly because the kitchen remodel starts on Monday and I'm not expecting to be back up to speed with the brand new kitchen till mid-November. But also because I can't wait to get started :)
My good friend Krista from http://typical-ramblings.blogspot.com/ is going to be posting every Sunday on her blog, and I'll be doing the same.
She's using the Holiday Grand Plan from http://organizedchristmas.com/
I'm using the Holiday Control Journal from http://flylady.net/ I started using it 3 years ago and it has made Christmas so easy. Have been so organised about the whole thing, that I can actually do the whole traditional bit, and actually enjoy it! :)
You can find the Flylady Holiday Control Journal - and lots of other Christmas planning stuff - at http://flylady.net/pages/holidaycruising1.asp
My first job is to get out my Control Journal and look it over. I use the same one every year, and just tweak it. Though I will need to print out a few fresh pages (the list of gifts, menuplans etc).
Please feel free to join in! In Sunday's blogpost, I'll let you know where we're at :)