The Christmas Project Planner by Kathi Lipp is the perfect book for you if you are looking to make this Christmas special without loosing your sanity. This book is written with absolutely no judgement. It's not the type of planner that you need to make the perfect, over the top Victorian style Christmas spectacle. This is a honest take on how you, as a normal human being with a super busy life, CAN organize the holidays.
21 Projects in The Christmas Project Planner
This book contains 21 projects and they range from expected topics such as Creating a Christmas Budget and Get the Stockings Ready. It also has some new and down to earth projects as well; Ho! Ho! Ho! To the Post Office You Go!, Gather Your Elf Supplies and Help Someone Special Get into the Holiday Spirit.
There is a special paragraph in the front of the book that helps you to get real about using a planner. She explains that whether you get this book far ahead of the holiday season, or you are receiving it sometime in December she promises us that we will make it through. Deep breath, that is exactly what I wanted to hear! Even more heart warming, she gives us permission to skip some of the projects and admits that even though she wrote the book she does not do all the projects every year! Now this is someone I can respect and get behind.
You are going to have FUN!
If you have been approaching the holidays with a bit of dread, and the phrase "It just won't be Christmas without..." is echoing in your head, this planner will have you thinking differently in no time. When was the last time you stopped to think about the 5 senses and the holidays. Enjoy a list of ways that you can bring out the joys of Christmas through; sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. This will get you back into the simple parts of the holiday and enjoying the smell of the live Christmas Tree, and being inspired to cut off a few branches to make a table decoration to have that smell flow further into the house. Create a playlist of your favorite Christmas songs including classics as well as new songs coming out this year. Have fun making this Christmas about the little things instead of making it a competition with family and neighbors.
The author is also honest with her stories about past Christmas issues that will have you laughing out loud. Project 14 is The Chew Has Nothing On You and she tells the story of "The Christmas Dinner That Never Got Eaten". When guests started asking what they could bring to the dinner and she suggested hors d'oeurves and appetizers to a number of the guests. She also prepared artichoke dip and a few cheese-and-cracker plates because she knew that people would want to snack while visiting and waiting for the dinner to be served. In reality, the snacks filled all the guest up and when dinner was actually served, no body was hungry. Then she offers us tips on how we can avoid this sort of meal issue.
Everything you need to plan the Christmas of your wishes
The Christmas Project Planner is full of tips, trick, recipes, gift suggestions, supply lists and so much more and you will be using this book year after year. In fact she gives you ideas on making an box that you can use year after year and build on your supplies that worked the previous year. Here is to having your dream Christmas and having the time and the energy to enjoy it!
Disclosure: Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.