The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
Plans are good. Sometimes not easy to follow -- but every little bit helps!
Amen to that, SparkleNana! I don't think I've ever finished one of the plans, but it's certainly more than I ever did without them.
On the Organized Home websites, one of my favorite forms is the post Christmas debriefing. It's helpful to me to see what worked, what didn't, things I need to remember for next year, etc.
Case in point, I always travel to my parents' house for the holidays. Every year, I'm so focused on getting there that I forget to have some laundry done and a few groceries in the fridge for when I return. Now, every year, when I read back through my debriefing pages, I remember to do up a load of laundry before I leave. I also plan 2-3 meals and have the ingredients on hand so I have something to eat before I can make it to the grocery.
Jody664, you put your finger on one of the MOST helpful parts of Christmas planning -- figuring out what gave us trouble last year, and trying to do something about it this year.
For me - it was cramming TOO MUCH into the last few days before Christmas. So I was really tired on Christmas Eve last year -- and had to skip an event that would have been beautiful. I've thought about it a lot. I think I am going to have to put REST as item #1 on my planninbg list -- at least for those crucial days right before Christmas. "Rest" is really boring and I prefer to ignore it and just keep cramming things in. But - it turns out it is necessary - for me. (Plus, a tired me is cranky and really horrible and nobody wants to be around me when I'm tired.)
It sounds so simple -- just do everything well in advance. But it is NOT simple when Christmas is your favorite time of the year and you want to make it absolutely wonderful for yourself and everyone else! And you end up doing and buying and baking and wrapping and decorating more and more and more. So I have to do some "mental work" on accepting when "enough is enough".