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Organizing Special Occasions

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Are you one of those folks who, despite how hard you try,
can't remember birthdays and special events? Do you
begin your holiday shopping at the very - very last minute?
Here are a few suggestions for organizing and planning
ahead so that you can put the 'Special' back in the

Have the kids join in the fun and teach them some valuable
planning lessons in the process!

Each January transfer your special dates to remember
(birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) to your new planning

Sign up for calendar programs via the internet that assist
in reminding you of special dates coming up. These can
be very helpful! Try's Reminder Service at:

At the beginning of each month, look ahead and make a list
of the cards/gifts that you need to purchase for that month.
Add that list to your shopping list. Put the addresses on
the cards immediately after you purchase them, so that
they are ready to mail when the date arrives.

In the event that you do forget an anniversary, or a
birthday, graduation, etc. send a belated wish. If the
recipient has email, consider using an e-greeting! They
are ususally free and easy to send.
has free ecards here:

Make your holiday gift recipient list out early in the year.
Perhaps as early as August. Then begin searching/listening
for clues to what gifts these people would enjoy receiving.
If you read something in a magazine/catalog-jot it down
immediately. If they make a comment regarding an item
wished for, again jot it down on your list. Start shopping
early for the best deals.

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