12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Blog Hop – Christmas In July!

Fudgy Ginger Shortbread | 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Blog Hop hosted by Meal Planning Magic

This is one of the treats I made for last year’s blog hop.

If you’re thinking I’m crazy for thinking about Christmas cooking in the middle of summer, you’re probably right. Well, partly. You see, it’s about this time of year that I start thinking about the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Blog Hop. This year will mark the 3rd year that I’ve hosted this blog hop and it is always lots of fun and SO many great recipes are shared by bloggers from all over.

But it’s about this time of year that I pull out my Holiday Notebook in an attempt to be a bit more organized for the holidays. They always seem to come up fast! I created my Holiday Notebook a few years ago and it’s become a great resource to help me streamline our preparations. It’s probably no surprise that I’ve gotten my meal preparation, planning and cookie/sweet baking down to a virtual science. I am a meal planner you know! As for the rest, some years are better than others.

12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Blog Hop hosted by MealPlanningMagic.com
So in the spirit of planning and being that it IS Christmas in July (you know, the 25th), I’m announcing the 3rd Annual 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Blog Hop. Each week, 25-30 bloggers link up their recipes and share some delicious inspiration for all those holiday gatherings. We start at the end of September and continue each week for 12 weeks. I’ll admit, I was a bit on the fence about continuing this challenge because it is a lot of baking! But I do enjoy it and since my daughter has gotten into baking this summer (and doing a very fine job of it I might add), she has assured me she will be helping. So be looking for a recipe or two (or more) from her that I’ll be sharing.

12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Blog Hop

Want to join the fun? Read on for details:


Fill out the form below and I’ll send you more details in late August/early September with all the link codes, graphic, etc. But the guidelines are simple: –Each week, on Wednesdays (starting September 25th), make a different Christmas treat and blog about it. It can be a cookie or perhaps something (like spiced nuts) that you might serve at a holiday gathering.
–Put them in the freezer (most cookies freeze well for up to three months)
–Link up each week using the link code I’ll provide via email (look for emails the first week of September).
–Link back to my blog and use the Blog Hop graphic I’ll provide.
–Interested but not sure you can commit to ALL 12 Weeks? That’s ok. Go ahead and fill out the form anyway so you’re in the loop on the weeks you CAN participate! Try to do a minimum of six weeks though!
–That’s it!
Oh and don’t forget to have fun too! At the end, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing you’ll be prepared for all those parties, cookie exchanges and hostess gifts you’ll need treats for throughout the holiday season.


Bake along with us! Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration to get some baking done early and in the freezer. And I’ve set up a 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Pinterest board to follow just for many of the treats you’ll find on the hop! Or you can subscribe to receive emails or blog reader updates by clicking here, following my page on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter (use the hashtag #12wksxmastreats). Hope you’ll join in the fun!

Here’s the form!
(EDITED TO ADD: When filling out the Google Doc, after you click “Continue” it will say “Thank You!” and you might think you’re done. But you’re not! You have to click “Submit” too, otherwise the info. will not be saved. Looking forward to your participation!)


  1. says

    I love this time of year! there’s so many new things I want to try for this year! looking forward to all the yummy recipes, tips & insperation!

    • Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) says

      Glad you’ll be joining in again and that I’m not the only one itching for some holiday planning & baking! :-)

  2. Toni says

    This sounds very interesting, however, I am new to computers and I don’t know what a BLOG is. I do not belong to Facebook, twitter, or any of the other sites you mentioned. Does that me that I can’t join in on this?

    • says

      Toni, a blog is what my site is. From the words web-log where I write posts and share info. and thoughts, etc. If you are not a blogger/writer, then you can follow along by subscribing by email. Just click on the Contact Me page tab above or the little picture that is an orange square with white curves in it so you can enter your email address to receive an email whenever I post/add something new.


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