Friday, November 9, 2018

November Getting Ready for the Holidays Check-List

(This picture is from our 2016 Christmas tree!)

Normally, I am a person who waits until the day after Thanksgiving to start putting up Christmas décor but this year I've decided to do a combination décor. I'm going to put out Thanksgiving and Christmas décor together. (The past few weeks have been stressful to say the least and we are in need of some Christmas cheer early this year so … we're starting early!)

Since we're empty nesters, the holidays are more about the journey and about what we can do with and for others. We no longer have the climatic event that all comes together on Christmas morning when everyone gathers around the tree anxious to see what 'Santa' brought and our now adult children all live too far away to make it home for the holiday due to work constraints.  However, that doesn't mean that we don't still get lots of enjoyment out of the holiday season.

 I'll be concentrating on the little things that bring us joy during this upcoming season, for example we really enjoy sitting in our house at night with the Christmas tree lights as our only source of light.  I also like to do this in the early morning hours when it’s still dark outside before my day gets started.

We enjoy driving around looking at Christmas lights and watching Christmas programs on TV, but before we get to that part there’s the part of getting ready for the season and yes, I plan to enjoy that too.  Here’s my to-do list for November in no particular order (except deep clean the house; that is the first thing I do) … 

Deep clean house 
Put up tree/decorate house  (We don’t do a lot of house decorations but I do like to put out a few to incorporate into our regular decor.)
Plan Thanksgiving meal
Enjoy thanksgiving potpourri
Get holiday calendar ready and start filling in activities, traveling, functions, etc 
Enjoy Christmas potpourri
Check wrapping paper, tags, tape, ribbon, etc
Make gift list
Set budget
Check gift trunk for gifts 
Finish Christmas shopping   
Finish any gifts I’m making.  If handmade gifts are not completed, lay them aside and purchase something for the recipient.  This is not a time to be stressed or rushed trying to finish gifts.
Get Christmas cards ready.  I prefer to do a few at a time instead of trying to do them all at once.  I enjoy it more and for us it’s not about ‘getting it done as quickly as we can’ but about the journey.
Mail any gifts that need to be mailed by December 1st
Plan Christmas Eve meal and Christmas Day meal
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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
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  1. That is a great list! I need to get a move on! Yesterday we drove by a house and they had wreaths all down their fence and I thought, 'Wow, those are still out from last year.' But, it is me not realizing how late in the year it actually is right now.

  2. I was just thinking that I need to get started on Christmas cards; it always seems like we send them off in the mail too late. We just moved to a new place (our first house!), so we're settling into a new routine. Maybe my toddlers will enjoy making their own cards to send out. :)

    Desert Wife

    1. Desert Wife, congratulations on your new house!! Your new routine will come, just give it time! Speaking from a grandma perspective, a card made by my grandkids would win out over anything store bought that could ever be created!

  3. Patsy, your list sounds absolutely wonderful!!!! My Christmas is going to be very different this year. Our house is up for sale and we are buying another house before this one sells! I don't even think we will have any Christmas decorations out at either house just because of the amount of work that we already have to deal with having two houses!!! BUT, I do plan to enjoy the movies and the lights all around me!!!! I know this too shall pass, but it's a very stressful time in our lives right now. That's one of the reasons I like to come "visit" here often - the peace of reading your lovely blog!!! I hope you have a joyous Christmas season! Hugs, Holley

    1. Holley, thank you for your sweet encouraging words! It does sound like you have your hands full right now, I would probably do the same thing you are. The holiday season can be enjoyed in lots of different ways and it doesn't have to be the same ways every year. Breathe … this too shall pass!

  4. Patsy we will be having our daughter and her partner here for Christmas Breakfast(closer to Brunch). Then the day is ours together. Christmas is so hot and humid that having lots of the Christmas decorations up can make things feel cluttered and add to the heat. I may or may not put up the Christmas Tree. I had it up last year for the GD but she has Christmas at her other Grandmas this year. There is talk that our boy will bring his family up for a January visit.
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations. I hope it provides you with lots of happiness and cheer.

    1. Jane, it's hard for me to image Christmas with hot and humid weather, I can only image what that would be like. I probably would do a lot less decorating for the very reasons you stated! I hope you enjoy the holidays too!


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