Christmas Countdown Day 32: Prepare a Holiday House

There's something special about a holiday house!

This weekend sees a long standing family Thanksgiving tradition: on Black Friday, I will scour the storage room, drag out the boxes, and begin decorating for Christmas.

Lighted garlands, fresh poinsettias, bright bows will change the entire feeling of my home. That evening, I'll cuddle little Fraser, my West Highland White Terrier, and admire my new, newly decorated domain.

Best of all, the feeling will last for days. Each evening, I'll circle the house, plugging in lights and flipping switches. I'll pause by the "travel tree", a small artificial tree holding all the ornaments and keepsakes collected on trips around the world.

I'll smile at "The Wise Santa", and remember the wonderful afternoon when my 16-year-old daughter and I constructed him from batting and fabric and tiny toys.

Are you enjoying the holidays yet? It's the day before Thanksgiving, and time to switch out of stress mode and into a state of childlike appreciation.

And if you're not there yet? Borrow a child! He or she will show you the way, marveling over each new manifestation of the coming holidays.

Where to begin? Right here at home. Let your home spark every sense with holiday feeling as we move closer ... to an organized Christmas!

To Do Today

Begin to plan holiday decorations using a Room-by-Room Decor Planner.

Prepare for Thanksgiving dinner, baking desserts and preparing salads and side dishes ahead.

If you're a Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales warrior, fine-tune your shopping strategy using a printable Holiday Sales Planner.

Now that retailers have expended traditional "Black Friday" events all over the calendar, it pays to be organized!

Today's Recipe

What? You need a recipe, today of all days? Get back in that kitchen!

To Print Today

Room-By-Room Decor Planner
Holiday Sales Planner

Holiday Plans: