01/03/2013 02:10 pm ET

The 2012 Post-Holiday Analysis

Despite my chips-stealing incident (posted on Momfilter last week), I feel like I’ve gained a little more mastery of my holiday season due to one simple tool: my Holiday Binder. My Binder Full of Christmas, if you will.

It’s a 3-ring binder full of folders and page protectors into which I stuff my son’s Christmas list, my completed gift list (to avoid repeats next year -- it’s amazing how often I give my mom the same book twice), a copy of our annual holiday card, scribbled notes about our holiday menu, and tearsheets I accumulate throughout the year for gift ideas, decorating tips, recipes, kids activities and crafts that I’ll probably never do but WANT to do.

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