Christmas in July Poll: When Do You Start Planning For Christmas?

The Day After: "Start? I never stop planning for Christmas!"
17% (212 votes)
All Year Round: "I'm not nutso about it, but I work on Christmas throughout the year."
19% (241 votes)
In The Summertime: "When summer comes, I know the holidays won't be far behind."
19% (240 votes)
Back to School: "Once the kids go back to school, it's time to think about the coming season."
17% (223 votes)
Falling Leaves: "Autumn festivals and cooler weather get me in the mood for holiday planning'"
12% (158 votes)
Halloween Haunting: "Once we've had Halloween, I buckle down and get ready."
5% (65 votes)
Thanksgiving Purist: "I refuse to give in to seasonal creep. I celebrate Thanksgiving first. Really."
6% (83 votes)
December Dawn: "When the carols start playing in December, that's soon enough."
4% (53 votes)
December 24th: "I hit the mall and the market the day before (and yes, I'm probably a guy)."
0% (5 votes)
Total votes: 1280

Memorial Day: A Marine Mom Speaks

Marine Mom

On September 14, 2001, I sat down at my desk with a heavy heart. My task: to write the month's lead article for the newsletter I published at that time at OrganizedHome.Com.

But just three days after the collapse of the Twin Towers, it was impossible to think about cleaning closets or decluttering the pantry.

I started to write, anyway--and this piece was the result, two hours later. It was the cry of my heart as the mother of a United States Marine, a son who had been called to alert in response to the attacks on our country.

A reader suggested I share it here, on this day, to remind us all that Memorial Day has a meaning beyond the barbeques and the beach.

Here it is, right down to the old-style format of our site on that day. Enjoy--and remember:

My Child, My Home, My Country: A Marine Mom Speaks

Nibble, Nibble: Rhonda's Christmas Mice

Christmas Mice recipe

It's a cute addition to the Christmas cookie tray: Christmas Mice!

Confected from maraschino cherries, Hershey's-brand chocolate kisses, chocolate coating, sliced almonds and silver cake decorations, these tiny edible mice will make a sweet statement this holiday season.

From Christmas Notebook list mom, Rhonda:

Rhonda's Christmas Mice

Christmas Pocket Planner Forms Now Online!

Pocket Planner Pages

Have you heard about Christmas pocket planners? Handmade from scrapbooking paper and a simple pocket file folder, these little holiday planners are inexpensive, creative and just plain fun!

The pocket planner concept is sweeping the scrapbooking and rubber stamping world, but there's always been one thing missing: a set of printable forms for Christmas organizing.

Until now! Introducing the latest Organized Christmas forms set: Christmas Pocket Planner Forms!

Simplified versions of our most popular Christmas planner printables, our Christmas pocket planner Forms are sized to fit neatly into the pockets created by a folder-sized Christmas pocket planner.

Created in greyscale, forms are printed three-to-the-page. Trimmed after printing, they'll take your Christmas pocket planner to a whole new level.

We've included our site's most popular forms--gift lists, menu planners and shopping lists. Don't miss our calendar/to-do list page: to make it easy to give, we've included Autumn calendars for 2010!

Christmas Pocket Planner Forms Library

Christmas Pocket Planner Tours and Tutorials

Easy Craft Gift: Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Toppers

Jiffy Pop Popcorn Topper

It's a craft gift that's hot, fresh and easy to make: customized "popcorn topper" labels for pop-in-pan popcorn.

Better known as Jiffy Pop®, this perennial kids' treat is even more fun when spiffed up with a cheerful message and given as a gift for holidays, seasons or special occasions.

Free printable templates make it easy to make and give Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Toppers for holiday gifts throughout the year.

Use them for teacher gifts, secret sister exchanges or home teaching presents--and they're simple enough for children to make.

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