I have a Christmas Control Journal that I got from  It helps you plan for the holidays and you can even get everything done before December 1st. You really should check her out!

At the end of the season, I take a few minutes and write down what I wish I had done differently. I put these notes in my Christmas Control Journal for the next year.

Last year I made a note for my husband and I to exchange our gifts early in the morning before the kids get up. It made it a special time just for us.

I also made a note to put the desserts in the office as the older people could not negotiate the stairs. That worked out well for all, since we tend to gather around the tree upstairs and stay there after dinner.

This year, the only note I am making is in capital letters…


Since I host the family dinners, the leftovers end up here and I hate wasting food….so it ends up on my waist!  The only recipe I doubled this year was for fudge as it all disappeared between the two family dinners the year before. (Someone was eating it out of the freezer!)

We only ate one batch and there was no way I was going to eat the second one alone! I ended up freezing it. I plan on getting it out for Valentine’s Day.  After all, chocolate is chocolate!

Second batch of Christmas Fudge.

Second batch of Christmas Fudge.