Holidays and Celebrations/ Hospitality

Plan to enJOY Christmas – Budget Planning

This week my goal was to set up our Christmas budget. I was feeling overwhelmed and I didn’t want to forget an important category so I decided to do a mind-map. “What is a Mind Map?” you might be wondering.

From Wikipedia: “A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing.”

In my opinion that is a overly technical way to say that it’s a way of mapping out your thoughts or note taking system.

So I very started my Christmas Budgeting mind map. I’m still working on it but I really like this way of processing my thoughts.

While I was writing out the map I realized that there were many items listed that I would have never thought to include in our Christmas budget. I’d love to know what you think.

Christmas baking, Christmas dinner, postage, clothing for the holidays and giving holiday tips would not have even made it on the radar if I had not done this mind map. These are items that are directly connected to the way our family Celebrates Christmas, therefore they should be included in the budget, right? I’m just not sure! Help!

I’d love to know how you budget for Christmas. Do you add supplies for baking, Christmas dinner, new clothes for the holidays or tipping your paperboy, gardener, local coffee house barista (not that I’ve done this recently but it’s a really nice though and great way to bless those who serve us every day).

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  • Natalie
    September 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe you are working on your budget already! That’s amazing. In my budget, I include all the gifts we buy, tips for mail carrier, garbage men and babysitter and christmas cards. I don’t include money spent on baking, hosting, postage or clothing. Maybe I should but I just put them in regular budget categories like entertaining, household, clothing.

    I’ve never done a mind map- that is very cool!

  • Donna
    September 6, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Natalie, Thanks for your comment!

    I was thinking about doing the same thing and adding the baking etc to my normal budget. Most of the baking supplies I have on hand anyways or could add into the month’s food budget. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!