Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Book Review: 100 Days To Christmas

Do you get overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done for the holidays? I do! I start to think about the multitude of things that I feel like I need to do in order for my family to have the best Christmas I can give them, like decorating inside and out, finding the perfect tree, buying and wrapping gifts, attending activities and events, and planning perfect holiday meals. Then there are the things we do for other people, like sending out Christmas cards (including taking the dreaded family Christmas picture), baking bread and cookies for gifts, visiting, and donating to charities.

All of these things are good things and they can be so much fun, but when you look at it all at one time, it looks like a mountain that needs to be climbed. Impossible!

How does a person even function under all of this pressure? I think I found the answer…or rather, it found me!

Recently, I had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy of a wonderful holiday planning guide called 100 Days To Christmas by Jennifer Tankersley. This ebook takes you by the hand and leads you day-by-day, step-by-step through the 100 days that lead up to Christmas, starting on September 16th. It even covers the other holidays that fall within those 100 days, to include Halloween and Thanksgiving. Along the way, you create a holiday planning binder that keeps your preparations handy and organized. I’ve tried to make a binder like this before, but I’m so excited to have step-by-step instructions for how to do it this year!

For example, here is the challenge for November 1st:

“Today’s Countdown to Christmas Challenge is to start looking through your recipes to locate favorites and keep them together in a convenient spot. If you have a copier at home, copy several of your favorite holiday recipes onto a few pages, then add these to your holiday planner under a new tabbed divider called Thanksgiving. Then, replace your recipes back to their original location for safe-keeping.”

I have to say that one of my favorite things about this book is that it encourages a balanced life while you are planning for the holidays. By tackling one thing at a time, one day at a time, you won’t have to spend a disproportionate amount of time on your holiday preparations. The book also challenges you on certain days to do something other than holiday planning, such as implementing a game night with your family over the long winter months.

If you get behind, don’t worry! Saturdays are designated as a “catch-up” day for the challenges you weren’t able to complete the week before.

As a bonus, the book is also full of helpful links to some of Jennifer’s lists from her website,

Ready to start planning for your holidays? Click HERE to download this book for just $4.99. It is worth every penny!

Jennifer Tankersley, the author of 100 Days of Christmas, is also the founder and owner of Are you a listmaker? You will LOVE this website!

Are you ready to start planning for the holidays

P.S.  There are affiliate links in this post.  :)

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