61 Days to Christmas! It's Time to Gather Holiday Music


Holiday music: it can range from silly to sublime, but it sets the tone for a memorable season. What's the state of your family's holiday music library?

Whether you're hot for Handel or get down with the Little Drummer Boy, make a quick check of holiday music media. Gather up the Christmas CDs or set up a new folder in iTunes for holiday music.

Add any new "gotta-have" tunes to the shopping list, or add them to gift lists--and sing in the season with holiday music!

Track family favorites with a free printable holiday favorites inventory form. It'll organize holiday books, holiday movies and holiday music ... and a wish list!

Print a Holiday Favorites Inventory

62 Days to Christmas! It's Time to Plan Secret Santa Exchanges!


"Secret Santa" gift exchanges can be a great way to cut holiday stress. Sometimes known as White Elephant Gift Exchanges or a Yankee Swap, a Secret Santa gift exchange allows families, social groups or co-workers draw names from a hat, and give an anonymous gift, rather than purchasing and giving multiple items to the whole group.

Start thinking now about organizing Secret Santa exchanges--and to jumpstart the process, try these online Secret Santa resources. They're free, and make it easy to set up and organize a Secret Santa exchange:

Secret Santa


63 Days to Christmas! It's Time to Check Family Photo Outfits


Any parent of multiple children (and lots of one-child families) knows that dressing for family holiday photos is easier said than done.

Who hasn't been there, frantically scrubbing at stains and tugging down sleeves while the photographer taps his foot? Worse, last-minute clothing issues don't lead to happy faces for the family photo.

This week, check the condition and fit of any outfits to be worn in family photo sessions. If garments need to be added or replace, add them to the seasonal shopping list. Save time and tears!

64 Days to Christmas! It's Time To Start Holiday Idea Files


Christmas magazines and catalogs are fabulous resources for seasonal decorating, gift ideas, and Christmas recipes—but en masse, they can become too much of a good thing.

When the piles avalanche from every side table, finding an article or a recipe that caught your eye a few weeks ago can be an impossible job.

How do you keep all that good information without being crushed by stacks or drowning in paper? Answer: a set of tear files. They'll harness--and organize--all your great ideas in a single location:

Christmas Organizing Secret: Try a Tear File!

65 Days to Christmas! It's Time For A Christmas Magazine Reality Check


Visiting the supermarket, you can't miss them: Christmas magazines.

Sitting in their racks at the checkstand, they are the ultimate holiday flirt! Will this be the year you decorate like Martha, cook like Paula Deen .... and do it all while losing 10 pounds?

Of course not! Christmas magazines are wonderful sources for holiday inspiration, but without a reality check, they can lead you astray.

Stay grounded! Don't let Christmas magazines inflate your holiday expectations to the bursting point:

The Secret Life of Christmas Magazines