Ok, not really. I think it was almost 90 degrees today. But in my head, it’s beginning to look like Christmas. And at Hobby Lobby, which I used to find annoying. But not since I discovered the greatest idea since Kid Cuisine frozen meals . . . finishing Christmas preparations by December 1!
Last year I tried my new December 1 strategy for the first time, and it was such a blessing to me and my family. I was so much less stressed and able to enjoy celebrating the birth of my Savior. So I’m planning to do it again and would like to invite you, dear reader, to join me.
Here’s my plan:
By October 1: I’m going to request Christmas wish lists from family members. They might shoot me. But I’ll play nice and supply our family wish lists at the time I make the request.
Mid-October: I’ll start Christmas shopping, relying heavily on Amazon.com and any other online merchant who would like to supply me with a free-shipping coupon code. (No lines, no gasoline, and no time spent during precious mother’s day out hours!) While shopping, I’ll pick up any clothing items needed to take the Most Adorable Christmas Card Photo Ever.
Late-October: I’ll take the Most Adorable Christmas Card Photo Ever. Given past experiences, this will take me approximately 4 days. When not yelling, “Smile! Look like you love each other!” I’ll bake some things and stick them in the freezer for holiday parties in December.
Early November: I’ll order Christmas cards and envelopes, write the Christmas letter, buy stamps, and check the accuracy of the Christmas card mailing list. I also hope to be close to finished with shopping and will start wrapping gifts.
Mid-November: Wrapping will be in full swing, shopping should be finished.
Late November: Address and stuff Christmas cards, finish wrapping, decorate the house. Eat some turkey and watch some football.
The Monday after Thanksgiving, I will mail our Christmas cards and annoy all my friends who haven’t even started thinking about such things. I will feel slightly guilty about that, but I will try to remember that I’m not doing this for my pride, I’m doing this so I can enjoy the Advent season with my family.
December: As I learned last year, December will still be busy. There will be school parties, work parties, crafts, baking, cleaning . . . but most of all, I hope Christ will be exalted and worshipped in my home!
That’s my plan. Who’s with me? You can come to my blog and click on the “Christmas by Dec. 1” tab at the top if you’d like to ignore all my posts about Radical and prayer binders and just focus on getting ready for Christmas. I’d love to have you on this adventure with me!Share