Christmas Countdown Day 36: Celebrate! Week

Celebrate Christmas

We're in the home stretch! It's Celebrate! Week at the Christmas Countdown, a time to tidy up our preparations and shift gears into full holiday mode.

Take stock today! Find and tie up those loose ends.

This week, we'll complete and mail Christmas cards, finalize gift-buying and gift-making, and plan any holiday parties.

We'll finish holiday decorating, inside and out. We'll focus on family, bringing all family members into the holiday preparations. We'll consider the children, and find ways to teach children about giving, not just about getting.

Most of all, we'll rejoice. While the holiday season means many things to many families, for all, it's a season of joy and celebration.

You're nearly ready ... to celebrate an organized Christmas!

To Do This Week

Celebrate Week Assignments

To Do Today

Begin a family Advent observance. Use an Advent wreath, calendar or daily family activity to underscore your spiritual values, and research new traditions to bring meaning to the season.

Write and address final one-fifth of Christmas Card List this week. Mail all cards by December 10.

Complete the final one-fourth of your Gifts To Make list this week. If the gifts have not been completed, put them away for next year. Add any needed replacements to the Master gift List.

Purchase gifts for the final one-fifth of the Master Gift List, together with any gift substitutes for uncompleted "to make" gifts. Wrap gifts as they are purchased.

Keep a running total of gift expenditures and watch the budget!

Buy fresh trees, wreaths and garlands, and complete holiday decorating.

To Read Today

Mom, let go those holiday burdens and bring the family on-board. Families that work together, celebrate together:

Make Christmas A Family Affair

Today's Recipe

magic reindeer foodAs you prepare for Christmas, don't forget Santa's reindeer! Share some seasonal magic--and create a new holiday tradition--with Magic Reindeer Food.

A sweet stocking stuffer, Magic Reindeer Food is sprinkled on the lawn to attract Santa's sleigh. It's a fun, fast tradition, and perfect for classroom gifts or Secret Santa exchanges. Make it in multiples with free printable gift tags including the Magic Reindeer Food poem.

Magic Reindeer Food Recipe

To Print Today

Celebrate Week Checklist

Holiday Plans: