Monday, December 19, 2011

Six days to go

A week before Thanksgiving I felt like I had the holiday season well in hand. I had two weeks’ worth of menus written, the groceries purchased for the Thanksgiving dinner and the aforementioned menus, had ordered a few Christmas presents, and was confident I would not, the week before Christmas, be thinking, “Holy cow, where did December go?!”

I was wrong.

Holy cow, where did December go?

Even Rebecca, my 11 year old, said yesterday, “Usually it takes forever for Christmas to get here but this year Christmas came really fast!” Out of the mouths of babes.

You may remember I wrote about my intent to be calm and focused this holiday season. I said,
This December I am actually going to make to-do lists (I’m sure my husband is thrilled and amazed and skeptical). And to avoid letting Madison Avenue steal the joy of the birthday celebration from me, I’m going to read a bit of Luke every day this December. The story of the baby born in a manger, who grows up to lay down his life – pretty sure focusing on that will keep the reason for the season front and center.
I’m happy to say I have been reading Luke every day, but those to-do lists… Let’s just say Sean was correct to be skeptical. I really did make a few but I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I have any idea where they are.

So today, I intend to make a list of things I have to do this week before my sister’s family and our parents fly up to spend the weekend with us. I may have to pin it on my coat like a kindergartener so I can keep up with it.


  1. Your list idea was fabulous, but what i did was make one big long one. It doesn't mean i get a particular thing done on a particular day, but it really is keeping me form the yearly "I forgot so-and-so!" or forgot this chore or that. Checkin' 'em off one by one.

    And yeah, the big day is coming like a freight train this year.

  2. NftP - Sounds like you still have your list... Good for you!

  3. Well, shoot! That answers my question about whether we'd see you or not. :-( You'll get it done, don't fret. And there's always the if-it-didn't-get-done, then-it-didn't-really-need-to-get-done approach. I like that one most.

  4. Tina - we are staying here for Christmas; it will be different, that's for sure, but I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully we'll get back home soon. Would love to see you!


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