It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Heart palpitations, mile long to do lists, high levels of stress – isn’t it wonderful?? Every year I ask myself why we do this but at the end of the day I just can’t bring myself to stop. I want and work for the Currier & Ives Christmas even though it tends to end up looking more like the Simpsons.
I’ve been off since Friday so one would think I’d have my act totally together. Ha! Haven’t you read the name of my blog? While we were having a tree decorating party last night (I called in the big guns – my parents – to come help me get my tree up) I told my mom how much of a slug I’ve been. Her response? Did you ever think it’s your body telling you that you need to slow down and get some rest? Hmmm, that sounds so much better than just being lazy!
We’re having both a big Christmas Eve meal and a Christmas Day meal so in addition to the list below there will be A LOT of cooking going on. Mike is working Christmas Eve so if I can get everything below done today I’ll be able to work on getting both meals prepped while he’s at work. I’d like for Christmas Day to be as stress-free as possible. If everything is prepped and just needs to be cooked and/or warmed I should be able to relax and enjoy the day.
So here were last week’s goals:
Put up the family tree (this is non-negotiable at this point)With the help of Belle, my parents and niece we got this done – Yeah! Finish shopping (about 3/4 of the way day)Mike and I spent Friday afternoon shopping. I have a couple of things to pick up today (possibly a few more if some gifts I ordered online don’t arrive) but feel pretty good about this one.
- Start and finish wrapping – I’ve started but am no where close to being done
- Get everything back in the storage room even if I don’t get it completely organized. We have family coming over on Saturday and the family room is a mess. I think I’ve given up on this one. I decided no one would be going downstairs so I wasn’t going to worry about it. It can stay a mess until after Christmas.
Prepare for the annual gingerbread house decorating party being held at our house this year. – Done, we had a good time decorating. Here is a picture of the kids with their houses.
At this point I’m not thinking in terms of weekly goals, I have daily goals. The first one at the top every day? Breathe! Here is what I have to get done today and tomorrow, after that it’s smooth sailing.
- Thaw the turkey – this one is stressing me out a little bit! I’ve got a 22 lb turkey to thaw in less than 48 hours. Ugh!
- Make cranberry relish
- Make applesauce
- Make refrigerator pickles (this is part of my dad’s gift)
- Go through presents and identify what I still need to buy
- Make shopping list (presents and food) and shop
- Bake birthday cake for Michael. Yesterday was his birthday and it was the first one I didn’t get to see him at all (sniff, sniff). We’re having his birthday dinner tonight and he asked for a pineapple upside down cake.
- finish wrapping presents
- Clean bathrooms (we’ve been entertaining so I’m OK with the rest of the house – bathrooms however have been getting a lot of usage)
- Shovel – again! OK, let’s be honest. I’ll probably delegate this one to Belle 🙂 I put it one the list though because it does need to get done
Whew, I feel a little better now that those things aren’t floating around in my head. The list actually seems to be fairly manageable. Who knows, maybe I’ll actually get to relax a little bit tomorrow 🙂