We did it! Time to look ahead to the holiday season ... because it's here!
For the past six weeks, we've been preparing for Christmas together. We've assembled a Christmas planner, organized gifts and giving, and conquered holiday chaos in the kitchen. Each day, we've pondered new innovations and old traditions, moving ever closer to our goal: a serene, joyous holiday season.
This is not to say that we're all ready! I'd venture that 98% of us still have more to do. Not only is this no surprise, but it's normal. That's why the Countdown ends where it does. There's still time to complete holiday preparation, and nearly all of us will need it.
At the same time, look how far we've come! If you've been trying, you should be well ahead of the Christmas game.
Better, the notes, forms and records you've assembled will be next year's road map to an even easier season.
By the season's end, we'll be ready to tackle new challenges at home. But first, the Christmas Countdown includes a special Holiday Debriefing, to allow you to record the season's high points, stresses and memories. To be completed after the holidays, using the debriefing exercise to evaluate this year's holiday will help point you toward an even better celebration next year.
So open the door! Even if only metaphorically speaking, hang a wreath on the front door and welcome the holiday season. You've earned it!
To Do Today
Review holiday menu plans. Order poultry or special roasts for any holiday meals held in your home.
Create a space for incoming Christmas cards and holiday letters. Prepare for the postman!
Complete interior and exterior decorating. As a last touch, decorate the front door as a symbol that you are ready to celebrate!
To Read Today
When the post-holiday fever quiets, take a few notes to jumpstart next year's preparations:
A final contender for Christmas gift baskets, Date-Nut Bread has a rich and fruity flavor.
Try Date-Nut Bread toasted and spread with cream cheese for a mid-morning snack, or paired with a hearty soup for a warming holiday meal.