December. Tomorrow. How did that happen? But happen it did. The nice thing about the December to-do's is that it doesn't give you many things to do on top of an already busy time. It's a month to enjoy and take your time and enjoy the process along the way. Keep on top of your list-making and reduce expectations! So here are just a few of the things to do this month (some, I know, are obvious):
*make your lists for baking and gift-giving - it's perfectly okay to do things a little differently this year - ask your family what their favorite cookie or meal is and just focus on that. The old stand-by's are sometimes more fun and appreciated. And sometimes giving the same gift year after year is fun too! It becomes that tradition that the holidays are known for.
*if you're into decorating your home for Christmas - for some they like to start really early and get it done so that they can enjoy it, for others they like to spread it out so that there is always something to look forward to, and then some people keep things like decorating the tree for Christmas Eve and celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. Again, do what you like to do!
*I don't have china and silver to polish, but if you do and you use them at Christmas, schedule a time to do that. Also check linens (tablecloths, napkins, etc. for laundering, ironing, and tears to mend?)
*and this is not holiday related but winter related - stock up on salt and sand for your driveways and walkways (also throw one or two in the car!)
*this, also, is not holiday related (unless you're going to be driving a distance to be with friends or family) - get your car serviced/checked (is it road worthy?)
There. That is it. Again, try not to pile on more than you really have to. Just remember to keep up with the daily housework (laundry, dusting, vacuuming, keeping the bathroom clean, etc.) and it doesn't have to be perfect! No one is going to notice that you didn't clean the bookshelves or launder the curtains, or whatever else you think you should be doing to make your house presentable. I keep all of that for after the holidays. After all the decorations are down and put away and the house has been lived in with get-together's. For now, just enjoy. If you're not going to do much, still enjoy.
Also try to keep gift giving simpler. Christmas is not the time to fulfill each and every person's each and every dream gift. That's not up to you and you alone. Making your home a place of peace and comfort and good smells and pleasant is far more important. Be thoughtful and creative and it will be very memorable for you and your guests. : )
Thank you for stopping by! I DO appreciate your visits. God bless.