I have decided that I will NOT let Christmas sneak up on me this year. Too many times I’ve found the Christmas season swoop right in, twirl me around in a frenzy, glitter and pizzaz, sparkle and twinkle, and before you know it the season has passed and you are left with gingerbread cookie crumbs and pine needles strewn over your living room floor.
Part of why I feel the whirlwind is because we often leave everything about the season to December. This year is different.
I figure if I can start things ahead of time, I’ll be able to devote the entire month of December to enjoying the get-togethers and savouring the real meaning of Christmas. My evenings can be spent under the glow of the Christmas tree lights, sipping on tea… or ummm….. maybe THIS.
That Jamie Oliver. He knows where it’s at.
My ‘Get Ready for Christmas in November’ Bucket List
1) Set up Christmas Tree. I have NEVER ever done this before in November. But guess what we are doing this weekend?! I’m actually pretty giddy about it… I’m thinking a whole lotta’ ribbon this year, burlap ornaments, gold and silver branches, red berries and some sparkly balls…
2) Homemade Ornaments and Decorations. Oh, Pinterest, you are my friend. I love this simple idea for pinecone ornaments.
And I love this wreath idea…
3) Write and address our Christmas Cards, ready for mail the first week of December. This one is pretty self explanatory…
4) Pick out a good devotional or advent readings for the season. I’ve really enjoyed this book in the past, and most likely will read it again, however it may be nice to try something new.
5) Make a lot of cookie dough and freeze batches. Random thought, but this was featured on Dragon’s Den, and I was smitten with the idea for around the holidays. I like that you could make a huge batch of cookie dough and then have cookies shaped and ready to pop in the oven in the blink of an eye. Whether I buy it or not, I’m not sure, but I do plan to pre-make a ton of cookie dough.
6) Go to the One-of-a-Kind Christmas Show. This is a favourite tradition that the ladies in my family do every year, and there’s something magical and exciting about it every time. It’s inspiring to see so many artisans in one spot showcasing their creativity, plus you can buy some pretty unique gifts!
As you can see, my list isn’t exhaustive, but I have a feeling these little things are going to help me savour the season this year.
And just to be clear, I’m not listening to Christmas carols…. yet.