Really -- it will be so helpful to you each year when the Christmas season comes around! It may seem like a lot of work, but it really is worth it. I actually refer to mine year round. And the most convenient time to work on such a project is right after Christmas, when all of your holiday recipes are at hand since you have just been using them.
When I was growing up, my mother always had a Christmas notebook. It was in a really distinctive pink and white textured binder. Below you see the notebook in all of its shabby glory, coffee spills and all. (My mother always had a cup of coffee at hand. Not a mug; a coffee cup.)
I had adapted this idea by keeping all of my Christmas recipes on special Christmas recipe cards. They were pretty and fun, but really, a notebook, especially a loose-leaf one, is a better idea.
My sister had an entire recipe box with only Christmas recipes, and that is also a good idea, but the notebook, again, is more practical.
Still, I didn't have one until I had the inspiration to create a Christmas memory book for my adult kids and their families, writing down all the Christmas memories I could think of. You can read here about how I did that project: How to Make a Christmas Memory Book.
In doing that, I naturally added in all of our favorite Christmas recipes. I included recipes from my own childhood, recipes from my kids' growing-up years, and recipes from much more recent times.
Below you see a favorite recipe for Fruity Pastel Spritz. This is a newer recipe I've discovered. It uses fruit flavored gelatin powder for color and flavor. We especially like this for Christmas tree spritz cookies.
It really does help to have all of the Christmas recipes in one place; it helps especially when planning a holiday grocery shopping trip or list.
So now would be a great time to make a Christmas recipe book of your own. You can use my directions for assembling a Christmas memory book to see the binder, page protectors and other materials you might use. Or, stay tuned for Part 2, which will share some different ideas for making a recipe book.