I’ve been missing a bit this week from blog-land. Would you believe I have been preparing for Christmas? Our family Christmas celebration is in 2 months at our home. The early parts of December are filled with fun family times and I want to be able to enjoy them and not be messing around looking for Scotch-tape and a gift for the mail carrier. Last year I got so busy that I barely made any Christmas cookies, which is something I truly love to do. I hope to do better this year.
The best resource I know for preparing for the holidays is Flylady’s Holiday Control Journal. It is completely free and you can start it using whatever timeline you have until your winter celebration. Each day you can take a small action towards preparing for your holiday, for example I checked my supplies and I need tape, ribbon, and possibly one roll of wrapping paper this year. Another day I looked through our summer vacation pictures while enjoying a cup of coffee and marked some for possible use in a card.
Despite the continuing federal government shutdown, we had a budget surplus this week so I bought one gift card to stash for gift-giving. I will do this periodically, budget permitting, and the rest of our gifts will come out of our budget category for Christmas gifts.
All this thinking about Christmas made me check my daughter’s winter coat. It was a size 6x! More appropriate for a 1st grader than a 3rd grader! We ordered a new one this weekend (money in the budget set aside for winter kid clothing) and were able to partially pay for her new coat with some of the money in our Paypal account from my Ebay selling binge in August.
Now I ought to make sure we don’t forget to get a Halloween pumpkin with all this Christmas planning afoot!