Decorating: Decide what will be decorated, who will do it, and when. Indicate specific tasks for each chore.
Social Activities: This page is an overview of the next several pages and lets you break down what activities you can expect. As the dates are set, enter them on the next page, which is the Calendar.
Calendar: On the top row of this page, in cell B1, you can highlight the typed words and then type in your holiday. The dates are entered for the 2010 holiday season. If you use this holiday planner template for another holiday, simply change the dates. The calendar lets you plan for eight weeks. In each calendar square there is a textbox where you can enter your activity. Several of mine are shown in the example below. In the template, you’ll find they are deleted.
Addresses: Enter the names of your contacts for mailing cards. There are also columns to record whether you’ve sent and received holiday cards, received gifts, been invited to a party, or sent a thank-you note. Use the address columns to create mailing labels for holiday cards. Create labels using by opening Word and using its Mail Merge feature.
Cooking and Baking: No matter what holiday or occasion you’re planning, you’re likely to cook or bake something. Enter the occasion names on the second row, and for each occasion type in the dishes you’ll be preparing. Below each dish, type in the list of ingredients. When you print this page, you’ll have your shopping list. It will print as several pages as it is; if you’re only doing one or two dishes, just highlight the columns you’ve filled in and choose Print Selection.
Worship: Most holidays involve some form of worship. Enter the name(s) of the churches you’re involved with, dates, and activities.
Notes: The last page provides a place for you to type in notes about what you liked least about the holiday and what you would do differently next year. Be certain to keep this updated. There is also space here for you to copy and paste any relevant website URLs you need for your holiday preparation.