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Cynthia's "Little Christmas"

Cynthia Ewer and dog Dicksie

Does it feel like Christmas morning?

I celebrate a tiny personal Christmas on this summer day each year. It's the Sunday in August that kicks off our earliest holiday plans: the Holiday Grand Plan and the Houseworks Holiday Plan.

On the Web, this site comes alive again on this day! Quiet and sleepy since the previous January, OrganizedChristmas.com wakes up to a new surge of traffic--and this Webmaster wakes up along with it.

This morning, that wake-up call came at 4:30 a.m. I simply couldn't stay in bed a moment longer, knowing that "little Christmas" is dawning.

Like Christmas morning, there's no snoozing and stretching as I wake up; I spring out of bed and hit the studio without even a drive-by collision with the coffee machine.

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Holiday Tradition: Singing The Countdown Blues!

No photo today!

Seriously, nobody reading this blog would want to see how tired I look, or how disrupted my home and office are at this moment: the Countdown began on Sunday.

Hello, Countdown Chaos! It's as much a holiday tradition in our house as Trick-or-Treat--but not nearly so much fun.

Each and every year, the first few days of the Countdown are .... chaotic. No matter how carefully I prepare the site, tweak the server or think through bottlenecks, it's only when the online traffic comes pouring through the door do I find all the problems on the tech side.

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Dog Days - A Webmistress's Holiday Tradition

Yesterday was a scorcher here in eastern Washington state. We're in what we call the "dog days"; the two-week period bridging July and August where we traditionally see the year's hottest weather.

For me, it was a dog day of a different sort: a busy Monday made even busier by the need to take a sick dog to the vet. Not to worry about little Dicksie--she'll be fine--but the waiting around in the exam room did give me a nice chance to think about a unique holiday tradition of my own: spending the dog days of summer working on the Organized Christmas web site.

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Welcome to my Holiday Blog!

Welcome to my new holiday blog; I'm so glad to see you!

For those who don't know me, my name is Cynthia Ewer--and I'm owner and editor of Organized Christmas, and author of the resources, articles and printables published at this site, as well as the book Houseworks: How to Live Clean, Green and Organized At Home and the upcoming title, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized Fast-Track.

Don't be fooled! While the title "editor" sounds grand, this is a one-person operation. That means I'm also the sysadmin, webmaster and the poor peon who gets to answer all the crankypants e-mails for the site.

But I get by with a little help from my friends!

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