Friday, September 25, 2015

Only 3 Months Left Until Christmas


Yikes!  I can't believe we are talking only three months left until Christmas Day.  Holy Cow!  Time is flying!

I've got a good head start on my gift list.  Most of what I'm giving this year, as with most years, is homemade so I pretty much have to get started early or I won't get finished in time.  I love to make gifts for my friends and family and I try to make things I know they will truly enjoy and use.  Even with items I purchase as gifts I try to make it something useful.


My goal every year is to get all of my gifts done and wrapped by the end of Thanksgiving weekend.  Then I can focus on decorating, baking, parties, visiting and other holiday celebrations.  I don't enjoy shopping so I really don't enjoy shopping when the stores are packed and chaotic at Christmas.  I do my best to stay out of the stores during December and I don't do the whole Black Friday thing either.


I really enjoy making my own Christmas cards too and I love to type up our annual Christmas letter and share the highlights of our year with my friends and family members I don't get to see on a regular basis.  I think it is a great way to update everyone.  I will usually get my cards ready over the Thanksgiving weekend, tuck a letter inside and address the envelopes.  I even buy Christmas themed postage stamps ahead of time to use.


We make decorating the tree an event each year by setting it up on "Hors d' oeuvre Night".  It is a family tradition where we make lots of delicious snacks and appetizers to eat while we decorate the tree.  I also like to include a nice dessert.  My girls look forward to this even every year.

Chewy Gingersnaps
Baking is a big deal for us at the holidays.  We love to make our favorites and try a couple new things too.  Of course sharing with friends, co-workers and loved ones is a must.

On Christmas Eve, after supper, we climb in the car and tour the neighborhood to look at lights.  When we get home we hurry and check the internet to see where Santa is.  Once he hits the east coast we hustle off to bed so we are sure to be asleep before he gets to our house.

Time to get busy! J



10 comments:

  1. Somebody looks like they're up to mischief :-)

    3 months? Geez. I hate Christmas shopping. I do have one thing bought though so I guess that is better than nothing. It wasn't intended to be a present at first, a puzzle I really wanted for my son that I found a few dollars cheaper at an outlet store, but since he is too young for it right now I decided just to save it for Christmas.

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    1. She thinks that under the tree is her domain. I have another one that thinks it is his job to pull all the bows off the presents. Knuckleheads! :)

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  2. Yikes is right. I have a few things ready for Christmas but not near enough for it being 3 months away. I love your tree decorating event. I am the one that usually puts up the tree and takes it down. My guys are into decorating. They do like it when I make gumdrop peppernuts though. Have a great weekend.
    Paula in Kansas

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    1. It is coming way too fast I think. Horse doover night is the best part. :)

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  3. I must be an anomaly because I really do love Christmas shopping. Not so much the crowds, but I love that most people are out and basically cheery. (Notice I qualified most) I have already bought several gifts and will wrap them soon. I too like to get things done prior to the season so I can enjoy the holiday along with everyone else.
    I don't like putting up the trees, it is a chore and I always get stuck doing it by myself, but I love it when they are finished. The rest of the house is what I enjoy doing and by the time it is finished all the common areas of the house look like different rooms. (Not big on doing the bedrooms and baths, with the exception of christmas themed hand towels in the powder room)
    Guess it is time to get my game plan going.

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    1. I think I lack the patience for shopping. I'm like a guy that way, I guess. I just want to get in, get it and get out. I do the hand towels in the bathrooms and a candle. If it wasn't for my girls I doubt I'd bother with a tree. They really aren't my thing. I prefer little decorations placed here and there.

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  4. You are really on top of things! We no longer buy gifts except for the littles. Since they live in another state we send cash so their mom can shop for them and I don't pay the sales tax and shipping. Win Win. :-D

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    1. You've got it made. I think cash in a card is a nice gift although some don't but that's okay. I love to receive cash and gift cards.

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  5. I LOVE Christmas.. So hard to believe it is getting so close. I too, start early , and try to make and buy my gifts early, so I can get them wrapped, then after Thanksgiving, I can totally enjoy the upcoming days.. so fun..
    Merry Christmas .....Best wishes on getting all your gifts made.

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    1. It is going to be a busy next couple of months that's for sure. But fun too. Hoping to get our Christmas cards made this weekend and start on our annual letter.

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