The things inside this notebook are top secret. But it's a good thing I don't have a house full of readers because I've been known to leave it open on the kitchen table. Although I will have to keep a close eye on Emma this year. There are a few things I'm sure she could figure out.
I've been keeping this Christmas notebook for the last three years, following the tradition of my mother and my grandmother. Both had black books full of Christmas lists, presents purchased, filed neatly under years and names. It was always so tempting to peek into my mom's book. It had all the answers. But I never did. I am such a good daughter.
We have looked back in recent years though, remembering what we got in Christmas of '86 or '92. It gets me all nostalgic for roller skates with keys and snoopy snow cone machines. (Okay, never got the snoopy snow cone machine, but boy did I want it.)
So my Christmas journal is pretty simple–a list of names down the side of people I need to buy or make gifts for. A column for ideas and a column for the actual gift that will be given in the end. I tell you, that idea column has come in handy many times, especially when birthdays roll around and I'm out of ideas. There is a nice list of things that were not purchased or made and it gives me fresh ideas.
In the back of the journal I tuck the Christmas cards from the previous year so that I make sure I don't miss anyone on my list. That top card is my sister's family. They definitely win the award for best card almost every year. That's my niece there in the picture hanging on the neck of their donkey, Noah.
I'll be back tomorrow with some more Christmas inspiration. Can you tell I'm excited about our first Christmas in the Thomas Run farmhouse??
And speaking of holidays and giveaways….I'm giving away a PALM CENTRO over on the babycenter blogs. I feel like santa claus. Don't miss your chance to enter and win it! I'd love to see one of you all win!! (but that will be completely up to the random number generator, of course!!)
13 comments on “top secret (and a giveaway)”
I don’t want to gloat or anything but, I had the Snoopy Sno-Cone maker… oh yeah!
Wow. That’s organized. I think that if I wrote it down, I’d get scared and run for the hills. I should probably try, though. Hmm….
I didn’t have a snoopy sno-cone maker either. Oh well.
What a good idea. We’ve had a rotating exchange for my husband’s side of the family (you know – buying for a different couple each year – not including kids)for the past 10 years and sometimes it’s all so confusing. It would have been nice to keep a record of all those items bought and for whom over the years. Especially when I can’t even seem to keep 1 year straight from the next. By the way…good daughter! I would most definitely have peeked!
That is such a great idea. I often find myself asking…”Did I get this for X last year?”
my readers have no self-control. the gig would be up the moment they saw my notebook. (i guess i could hide it, but then i might forget where i put it….)
That is such a fantastic idea! Every year, we dig out a piece of paper and make our lists. It would be so much easier to keep it all in one place! GENIUS I tell you!
Another use for Moleskines! I like dedicating one just to Christmas–I usually jot my notes down in the notebook of the moment–and then it gets stuffed in some drawer. I can’t seem to part with my old thoughts and lists…
Love the christmas journal – I am sure there are a few little ones that would love to get their hands on it 😉
Molly, I keep my Christmas journal under it’s own tab in my yearly family notebook. I still have my first family notebook from 1996 and it has become a part of the scrapbook from that time. Happy holidays to you and your lovely family!
Good idea Molly! I think I need to start doing this! Another fun thing I do for the holidays is to save some kind of homemade picture or art project and put it in the top of my holiday decorations box, when I open it the next year I get a nice little reminder of what was happening the year before. 🙂
That journal is such a great idea! I may have to borrow it…
This is such a good idea for Christmas! I did something similar for a friend and used the same type of notebook as a wedding planner. I tabbed sections, and made pockets on some pages but most I just left for her own use.
i need a hanukkah book. badly.