I have a confession to make. Shhh … I‘m not ready for Christmas. This is not really a new phenomenon for me, not being ready for a holiday (remember my house just before Thanksgiving last year?). I think it is my new trend.
I almost feel like I am living in an alternative universe, where Christmas must be five months away. I’ve been gone for nearly a week, trying to find a new home and set up our new life (we are getting closer to the final details! Yippee! More news to come soon!) while getting our house ready to go up for sale.
So, what does one do when you are way behind before you even begin?
1) Haven’t finished (or ah hem, started) decorating yet? Just say NO. Do you really need to empty all 25 holiday rubbermaid containers and use 132 strands of lights? Enough said.
2) Feeling like an epic failure because you haven’t baked yet this year? Devise a shortcut. You have my permission to use pre-made sugar cookies. It saves some time but still allows your kids the fun of decorating holiday cookies. And gives you the satisfaction of blogging about your kids decorating their Christmas cookies. Yes, I did that last year.
3) Short on money but pressured to bring a gift? Get creative about gift giving. If you can, give your time in the new year instead! Offer to babysit for a young couple, plant someone’s garden, cook for someone’s dinner party, offer a care basket of homemade goodies for a Saturday morning breakfast, share a stack of gently read books with handmade bookmarks, give a day of running errands or organizing for an elderly or busy friend.
4) Need to get the house picked up in a hurry for a holiday gathering? Use my grab and stash method. Take paper bags, label the front with the name of the room you are cleaning and gather up all the miscellaneous clutter from that space. My only rule is no bills or important papers can go in the bag, but everything else is fair game. Put the bags in a closet and set an appointment with yourself in January to sort through it once the holidays are over. If you don’t feel like looking in the bag in January, toss it. You probably don’t need that stuff anyways.
5) Don’t even know where to begin? Twitter. No, just kidding, even though I am a co-host to a Twitter meet up tonight (I’ve never done this before so I will be fumbling!) and hope to see you all there at 9PM Eastern. Meanwhile, put the top three projects that need to get done down on paper. Tackle one at a time. It is a lot easier to focus once you break it down. Multi-tasking leads to anxiety and lack of progress.
6) Need to rev up your holiday spirit? Give yourself a break! Pour yourself a holiday drink, turn on the Christmas tunes, read the Christmas story and remember the reason for the season.
photo: Martha Stewart
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