A few years ago (probably when I married Jeff and doubled the size of my family and the people that I was shopping for), I started keeping a little file of Christmas things. Mostly the gifts that I was planning to buy and the status of them – Had I bought the gifts yet? Have I wrapped the gifts yet? It’s super nice when I’m in the mode of “did I get this figured out yet or not?” brainstorming sessions. Then I don’t end up buying 2 gifts for 1 person and no gifts for someone else. And it makes it harder to forget someone — I just start with last year’s list and make changes.
I also include things that I made for different dinners…like green bean casserole when we got together with friends or Chex Mix when we went to Jeff’s parents place. That way, I could remember if things were hits or misses. Like last year, when we had 8 dessert choices for 12 family members. This year, I brought something different!
It’s nice because I have a record of the gifts I bought people, so I can make sure I’m not the aunt “who always gives me a doll”. Unless, that niece always wants a doll.
Anyway, it’s helped my sanity. Maybe it’d help yours too.