This is Day 2 of our 31 Days To An Organized Christmas. To read all the posts in order, start with this post, then visit the Landing Page to see the outline for the whole series.
So…how can we make an organized Christmas happen? After giving some thought to the questions in yesterday’s assignment, it should be a little more clear what is important to you. If going to look at Christmas lights in the cold or rain or snow (depending on your location) isn’t your idea of a good time, maybe you can skip it. If you LOVE baking and sharing holiday cookies with loved ones, bake away! If Elf on the Shelf creep you out, get rid of him. If going caroling at the senior center is your jam, add it to the calendar. The Advent calendar. The Nutcracker. Christmas in the Park. Operation Christmas Child. Christmas cards. Milk and cookies for Santa. Jesse Tree. You get the picture. It’s a never-ending list. All good things, but what would make it an amazing Christmas for you and your family?
Also, something I forget is to get the family involved. Hosting a dinner party doesn’t mean the host/ess has to do every. single. thing. Aunt Jane can bring her famous Sesame Crab Cakes with Chili Mayo. (I don’t have an Aunt Jane, and I have never tried these…just saw they are good make-ahead appetizers on Real Simple’s website. Someone make them for me this holiday season. Please and thank you.) Cousin Sue can pick up some dessert on the way over. And we all have a friend who has great taste when it comes to wine, so let him bring some drinks for the evening. I have also learned to let go of my OCD tendencies when it comes to the Christmas tree. Hang all the handmade craft ornaments on there! I’m fine with it. Really, I am! It is one less thing for my to-do list and one more thing the kids can be proud of when they are done. Win-win!
By spending fifteen extra minutes thinking through what others can do, you’re going to save yourself not only time but also wear and tear. – Get Yourself Organized for Christmas
- Read pages 14-17 in Get Yourself Organized for Christmas.
- Print out a calendar and pencil in the projects you plan to complete. We will work more on this when put together our Christmas binder and gather our supplies.
- Find an Organized Christmas buddy.
- Think about what your family shared about the activities that are important to them for Christmas. Answer these questions:
- Are there activities that can be completed delegated to someone else to plan?
- If not, what small tasks can be delegated to someone else to complete?
- What items will you be needing to help you prepare for the holidays? (We will be gathering them soon, so get a mental picture of where all these items are in your house so you can find them easier later on.)
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