Christmas Reflections!

Christmas Reflections

Christmas 2017 is now a memory…and as we look forward to the New Year, I like to take a minute a write out some Christmas reflections.  I have done this for 4 years now and it is so much fun to look back at each year.  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)  Here’s what I do:

On the evening of the 25th of December, I find a quiet place and take a minute to think through Christmas…all of the things that went really well and those that didn’t quite go as I wanted them to!  I take a piece of paper and write Christmas 2017 at the top.  I then add a header for “Things that went well” and then skip several lines and add a header that says “Things I would change”.

Things that Went Well

Under the “Things that went well” start listing out the good things that happened:  maybe you stayed on budget, maybe you found the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person?  For me this year, I added a couple of giving categories that were new to me and that really made a difference in my Christmas.  I also took some additional time off of work right before Christmas and that really helped with being “done” on time with less stress!

Things that I Would Change

Then, let’s work on the “Things I would change” section.  Think through how this year went…what would you change?  Maybe add a new tradition…or maybe it’s time to stop doing something that doesn’t resonate anymore with your family?  Add more gifts…or maybe simplify?  For me this year, I would add slow down and enjoy the little things more…we have babies and I need to simplify some things so we can enjoy them more!

I also then add other comments near the bottom of the page… things like:  I need more kiddo wrapping paper, I don’t need to buy bows, be on the lookout for Christmas cards.  This helps for when Christmas supplies are being put out and the selection is the best but I haven’t had time to get my Christmas stuff down yet!

One other thing I add is possible gift ideas that came from this year that I don’t want to forget for next year!

There is no right or wrong way to do this… it is just very helpful to do this.  I mark my calendar in my planner for October 1st to review the Christmas Reflections page from the prior year.  I keep my Reflections page in my planner in the Christmas section!  I hope this helps you to organize your thoughts both from this year and looking forward to Christmas 2018!

Just a note…we will be providing a Christmas Reflections printable soon!

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6 thoughts on “Christmas Reflections!

  1. I am big on planning ahead so this is great idea. I especially need to be adding pages like this to my planner! Looking forward to your printables !! I would love to link to this, also!

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