2018 Christmas Countdown Week 1 - Get Organized

Discussion in 'Christmas Countdown' started by Holiday_Mom, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    I always know Christmas is closer than I think when I get the Week 1 email of Christmas Countdown. I do HHP but I like to use this Countdown as a gage as to what I need to start focusing on if I didn't already.


    This week I need to be realistic with the Holiday Spruce Up List. Four weeks from now is Thanksgiving week. :eek:
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  2. Miss JoDee

    Miss JoDee Well-Known Member

    Yikes! The countdown started? The wedding really has me off focus. I need to get organized!
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  3. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member

    Today I want to work on handmade ornaments for gifts for friends. Also want to put the gifts I already have in bags and boxes and store them elsewhere as my gift close is just too full and can't see anything. Also have a few more sstuffers to wrap
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  4. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    Good gravy!!! It's here already! Feeling pretty good about where I am prep wise from following HGP...but will follow along with CC threads too for sure!
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  5. horsemama

    horsemama Member

    I'd like to join in, if that's ok. I've been doing some purging, and I need to stop and get the house back in order for the holidays. I can't wait to get a tree up! :)
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  6. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    :eek: ACK :eek:!!!! Nope can't be ..so not ready. Between the garage and unexpected house guest I am so behind on everything. I have a few days off from work before Thanksgiving so I will be using that time including an hour or 2 each night very wisely and try to get as much done as possible.
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  7. missjane

    missjane Well-Known Member

    It looks like this is the point I'm at. Between football, football, and more football this year, neither of the other plans have happened for me. I'll just have to stay focused and get things done! I printed out the master gift list just now.
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  8. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    So in the spirit of the CC I was spending a little time perusing this gem of an article about smart scheduling:


    Several good ideas here!

    Personally, I can add another big one - the SCHOOL CALENDAR! And if you have little ones in an after school program - does their holiday schedule match your school's? Mine doesn't - different districts - lucky me :)

    So I have been spending some quality time with all sorts of calendars and dates - trying to figure out where my kid is going to be when :eek:

    Definitely better to have started thinking about this now!

    What else can you guys think of? What sneaks up on you every year and says "Wham! Remember me? I made you FREAK out last year? Good to see you again! This is nice...good times..."
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  9. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    AJ .. Our school mails home a calendar with days off and early dismissals already marked. I highlight the days off in once color, early dismissals in another color, write in other dates/events like school concerts, dances and highlight them in another color and have it hanging up. Easy to glance at. Kids pencil in days they stay after school for clubs by writing the club name and time they get done.
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  10. Cindylouwho

    Cindylouwho Well-Known Member

    Agh! The Countdown started?! How did that happen so fast! Alright -- time to focus. I use it as my backup plan too -- to make sure I'm on track for HHP. Need to start pulling the trigger on the gifts!
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  11. missjane

    missjane Well-Known Member

    I save my planners every year. When I get my new one, I look through the previous year's planner and pencil in the events that happen every year with the corresponding time for the current year (community and school events that are traditional, dgs's ball seasons). This gives me sort of a heads up about it when it happened the previous year for when I start planning for that year. I can erase and change as I need to since I do it in pencil.
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  12. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    Our girls are involved with the music programs at their school so there are extra rehearsals and then then several concerts in December. I try to get those dates ASAP in September and put them on our kitchen calendar and then my Google Calendar. We also tend to have dental exams and orthodontist visits in December.

    A few years back, I realized that we had to schedule a time and snow date to get the tree, go "one on one" shopping, and bake cookies. I never thought I'd have to do that but with some of music programs happening on the weekend too, we had to figure out when we'd get these things done

    Last year one of my daughters had a last minute invitation to perform on a Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. She knew if she said yes to the performance, then she could potentially miss out on the scheduled family activity due to snow dates. It was her decision to make, with no hard feelings.
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