For me, decorating for Christmas is not one of my favorite things in life. I'm not sure why, because I love the way my house looks after I decorate, but the whole lug-the-boxes-out-of-the-basement-thing just isn't one of my favorite things to do.
You've heard me say it before - I'm a list maker. Without a list, I have a tendency to wait 'til the last minute to get things done, and then do it half-heartedly. It's so much easier to do things at a leisurely pace; to take the time to appreciate what you're doing and why you're doing it. I already hear people grumbling about Christmas - they don't have their shopping done, their tree isn't up -- and here it is, only December 3rd. It occurred to me if they (or I) grumble and complain from now until Christmas -- that's 22 days of negativity. By the time Christmas arrives, I'll have myself in a negative mood and just want to be done with it all. What kind of way is that to spend this holiday season?
Tonight I sat down and made a list of things to do each day - with most tasks lasting less than an hour - to not only get ready for Christmas, but to appreciate this special season.
And just to show I'm actually doing what I'm blogging about, I'm going to post one photo a day of the Christmas list item to show I've accomplished it! See the calendar with photos here.
So here is my list:
Fri 12/3 -
Sat 12/4 -
Sun 12/5 - Finish Christmas postcards -
Mon 12/6 - Get out Christmas quilt, pillows, mantle cloth and wreath quilt for family room.
Spend 30 minutes wrapping.
Tues 12/7 - Take Mr. B shopping for gift for his mom and toy to donate to charity.
Wed 12/8 - Wrap 30 minutes, order honey-baked ham
Thurs 12/9 - Go to Post Office, mail packages and cards
Fri 12/10 - With Mr. B, start putting out Christmas candles
Sat 12/11 - Put up tree.
Sun 12/12 - Celebrate Jeff's birthday; decorate stairway
Mon 12/13 - Wrap presents, decorate dining room table
Tues 12/14 - Finish putting out Christmas candles; School Christmas program
Wed 12/15 - Shopping - finish stocking stuffers
Thurs 12/16 - Wrap presents
Fri 12/17 - Christmas Craft with Mr. B, watch a Christmas movie
Sat 12/18 - Plan Christmas Eve dinner; make grocery list
Sun 12/19 - Go to Sharon Woods Christmas drive
Mon 12/20 - Grocery shopping
Tues 12/21 - Make cookies with Mr. B - "Elf" the neighbors
Wed 12/22 - Wrap stocking stuffers
Thurs 12/23 - Bake pies, rolls, pick up honey-baked ham
Fri 12/24 - Christmas Eve dinner with family