20 Days to Christmas! Plan Christmas Dinner

What's for dinner ... on Christmas Day? Christmas Eve? New Year's Day?

The only one who should wing it when it comes to holiday meals? The turkey. Smart cooks know that a written menu plan calms chaos in the kitchen, and never more so than before a big holiday feast. A written menu plan makes it easy to spot bottlenecks at oven and cookstove, sorts serving dishes, and organizes potluck contributions.

Today, make out a simple menu plan for each holiday meal remaining in the season. It'll be your road map in the holiday kitchen:

Printable Holiday Menu Planner

21 Days to Christmas! Cut Holiday Stress

Sure, you love the holiday season--but just not so much of it! Isn't there some way to have a simpler--but more meaningful--Christmas celebration?

If you're aiming to simplify your holidays, take time now to ponder ways to cut stress, save money and tame over-the-top traditions. Setting simplicity strategies in place now will keep you from being swept up in next month's holiday madness.

Get armed! Try these ten simple strategies to calm holiday chaos this year.

Christmas Calm: Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

29 Days to Christmas! Plan Holiday Parties

Will you entertain during the Christmas season? Whether it's a simple potluck gathering, formal dinner party or all-out bash, planning pays.

Get a grip on any holiday parties now, before the December rush begins. Sending invitations early makes it more likely guests will be able to attend; having shopping and supply lists ready cuts down on party-day trips to the store.

Try these free printables to plan holiday entertaining:

Party Planner

Party Guest List

Party Budget

Send Invitations Early

December weekends fill quickly, as office parties, church events and social functions pile up on the calendar.

If you're hosting a holiday party, send invitations early. You'll help guests plan--and increase the chances that they'll be available for your event.