I had an organized Christmas once…In 1991.
All the gifts were purchased by Thanksgiving, and wrapped the Saturday after. The tree went up early in December. Everything that could be cooked ahead for Christmas dinner was done and in the freezer. My girls and I (Rachel was 4, Sarah was 2) had time to make batches and batches of cookies…
Never happened that way again…
Of course, I never had quite the same incentive again, either. You see, that was the year that a certain Favorite Uncle was born…he was due in mid-December. My girls were excited about having a baby brother, but not AS excited as they were about Santa Claus.
Thanks to some careful planning – and the Boy’s arrival the day AFTER Christmas – they got both. And I got the most relaxed holiday of my life.
This year, I am the Queen of Lists. Santa’s got nothing on this Grandmom!
There is the List of Gifts – complete, but for one or two items.
The List of Events – things we’re planning on, obligated to do, or really want to see.
The List of Projects – crafts, decorations, etc.
And, my favorite, The List of Baking – right now, it says, “Sugar cookies, Gingerbread Men, Hazelnut Cookies.” This list might continue to grow….
And, with any luck, the holiday itself will be a relaxed and magical affair.
Who Knows? We might even get another memory like this one:
Sorry, Sarah. I had to do it…
The 4 O’Clock:
Dark, and wet.
5 minutes after this, it started sleeting.