The Christmas Project Planner – A Review
This week, Steph Nickel reviews The Christmas Project Planner: Super Simple Steps to Organize the Holidays. Get a head start on Christmas!
The Christmas Project Planner: Super Simple Steps to Organize the Holidays
Today’s review is of Kathi Lipp’s newest book, The Christmas Project Planner: Super Simple Steps to Organize the Holidays.
Christmas? Are you kidding me?
Nope, not at all.
While I’m not a Grinch, I did used to ask my hubby to hold off on the Christmas decorating until the first weekend in December. (Dave is definitely a Buddy the Elf type. Christmas is his very favourite holiday.)
Five years ago, our then future daughter-in-law flew from Scotland to meet us. Since our home is over 100 years old, it looks best decorated for the holidays. So, that’s what we did. That’s the year I discovered that maybe, just maybe, I didn’t mind decking the halls before December rolled around.
Christmas Spirit Early
And this year?
Well, the Christmas spirit has come to visit even earlier. As a member of Kathi Lipp’s VIP launch team, I pre-ordered The Christmas Project Planner. And, thanks to my Amazon Prime membership, I received my copy either the day it was released or the day after.
And it’s SO PRETTY!
Granted, this book will likely appeal to the ladies more than the gentlemen who typically listen to my reviews … unless, of course, you’re like my hubby.
And speaking of things that will appeal to the ladies … it has pockets. <grin>
How would you feel if you were prepared for Christmas long before December 25? How much more would you enjoy the day if it were relatively stress-free? And how much more prepared would you feel to truly focus on that precious babe born so long ago and all Jesus came to accomplish on our behalf?
This book can help make this more than wishful thinking. The steps truly are super simple. And following them just may make this your best Christmas to date.
Christmas is Unavoidable
The back reads this way:
Christmas—whether you really love it, secretly dread it, or fall somewhere in between—shows up the same time every year, as unavoidable as your aunt’s fruitcake. But next season, don’t stress your “elf” out. Be ready with this amazing planner designed to help you get a handle on the holidays. Stay organized (and sane) when you put expectations aside and choose to focus on the things you truly want to do during Christmas. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with just a little more organization and less obligation. The simple projects in this book will help you stay on schedule so you can spend more time enjoying your friends and family instead of frantically trying to cobble Christmas together at the last minute (again). You can do this! Let clutter-free queen Kathi Lipp show you how.
And here is a portion of the first chapter:
I think there are two kinds of Christmas extremists. First, there’s your friend who has a selection of ugly Christmas sweaters to choose from for every party. … she has formal, semiformal, and casual Christmas dishes. All of her neighbors have come together and submitted footage of the outside of her house for “The Best Christmas Display Ever” on TLC. I am not that woman.
Second, there’s your other friend who wants to huddle in the corner where the Christmas tree should have been, rocking back and forth and waiting for the sweet release of January 1 to finally come. I have been that woman. I pray you fall somewhere in between.
21 Christmas Projects
After a second brief chapter that discusses how to handle expectations, our own and others’, Kathi includes 21 projects to help us prepare for the holidays.
Projects include “Why Planning is Awesome: Create Your Christmas Plan”; “Support Your Local Post Office: Prep Your Christmas Cards”; “Can I Ask Santa to Pay Off My Visa Card: Creating a Christmas Budget”; “What’s the Christmas Dinner List: Get Your Recipes Together”; and “Shopping in Yoga Pants: Get Online.”
These projects are summed up in short chapters, many of which include space to make our plan. And that space can be used year after year if we use Post-It Notes instead of writing directly in the book. Genius!
Read the Christmas Project Planner
Granted, I am one of Kathi Lipp’s super fans. In fact, I am a Kathi Lipp LLC intern. But anyone who celebrates Christmas and would like to do so without all the Christmas craziness will benefit by reading and following the steps in The Christmas Project Planner.
I encourage you to order your own copy, queue up a Christmas playlist, and have yourself a merry little Christmas, starting in November, maybe even October.
And did I mention how pretty it is?
Stephanie is a freelance writer and a contributor to our Christian internet radio station, HopeStreamRadio.
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Christmas Cookies – PublicDomainPictures
Christmas Tree – CJ