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Hi! I’m Sarah aka Stationery Magpie.

I’m a creativity and productivity mentor who is passionate about helping you gain control over your life through effective realistic productivity methods so that you have the time energy and space to explore the things you love that light you up and make life worth living!


This week I have a really interesting guest post from Emma Farley of A Cornish Geek all about Christmas planning using a Bullet Journal. Emma is a blogger, mum, and side-hustler so she knows the importance of planning for Christmas! Take a read to find out how she uses her bullet journal to plan for Christmas!

When I started my 2019 Bullet Journal I decided to keep it minimal. I’d started and failed to finish so many before and realised that the trick is to strip it back to the basics: future log, monthly schedule, mood and sleep trackers, gratitude log, and daily reflection. This is what works for me – your setup probably looks a bit different. I don’t generally add much more to it other than yearly goals with monthly reflection and a seasonal bucket list. But Christmas is different. Christmas is where it pays to be a planner.

Christmas Bucket List

I’ve already mentioned a seasonal bucket list: I have one for the summer, one for spring, and one for Christmas. Christmas is my favourite. My son will be four and a half by the time the festivities kick off and I can’t wait. Last Christmas was my favourite in all my 31 years because it was the first one where he knew what was going – and I know that excitement will only intensify this year.

A great way to plan all the fun things you want to do a Christmas is to create a Christmas bucket list! Don't let any festive activity get left behind.

There are a few things I want to repeat: a Santa experience (I swear last year’s was one of the most magical and heart-warming moments of my life), baking Christmas biscuits, seeing the Mousehole lights (the best Christmas lights in Cornwall), write and post a letter to Santa (he’ll be able to sign his own name this year) and watch The Christmas Chronicles (he loved this last year and we’ve re-watched it multiple times through the year). There’s still room for some firsts though: I want to decorate the tree together and go ice-skating in the run-up to Christmas. There are also some firsts for me: I’d love to go to a wreath-making workshop with my mum and I plan to decorate my own wrapping paper and gift tags.

Christmas Film Tracker

Christmas is the perfect time to chill out watching films. And of course there are so many great Christmas films! Track them in your bullet journal.

As a massive film geek, films play a big part in my Christmas planning, and I’m so proud that Jenson already has a favourite Christmas film. My must-watch is Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas; I watch it every Christmas Eve right before bed. There are a few other staples too, such as Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Home Alone (one and two – two is better. Don’t at me). If you’re not a fan of ‘traditional’ Christmas films, I highly recommend Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. And, yes, Die Hard is a Christmas film.

Christmas Gifts List

Gifts are really important for me to track, especially as I often start my Christmas shopping quite early in the year. I need to know what I’ve already bought people so I don’t go crazy. I also need to plan for the birthdays which we have in December and January (six, plus my own just before). It’s an expensive time of year, factoring in birthday dinners, Christmas parties, and gifts, so I might add a financial tracker too.

Christmas planning is made a lot easier when you use your bullet journal.

Luke is the cook in the house, so there’s no need for me to add a meal planner, but I will probably add a shopping list to make sure we remember to pick up the important tasty treats. I’ve also got a (currently top-secret) spread for my upcoming 12 Days of Christmas giveaways. I run an annual campaign where I share a different review and giveaway for the first 12 days of December, thanking my readers for joining me for another year. The prizes can be gifted in time for Christmas or kept as a special treat. I’m so excited about how these plans are coming together.

How are you doing your Christmas Planning? Let me know in the comments!

About the writer

Emma is a book and stationery blogger at You can also follow her on Instagram, where she loves to share her lettering progress. Sign up to her mailing list to be the first to find out about her 12 Days of Christmas giveaways (which will include a gift from our T-Shirt brand Good Point Designs!)

Christmas planning is made a lot easier when you use your bullet journal. In this blog post Emma Farley tells us how she uses her bullet journal to get sorted for Christmas.