Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday To-Do List

I just put a bit of a spin on all these plans by deciding to send the family car up to the grandparents' house (with Epu and the little kids in it, as well as all our presents for everyone) on THURSDAY! The good thing: After Thursday night, I should be pretty chill.


  • Shop for gifts. (Sublist to be completed at later date but not published.)
  • Decorate house.
  • Declutter house in order to decorate.
  • Create custom gifts online.
  • Order more holiday cards.
  • Search for friends' addresses that have changed over the past year and try to figure out which version of address database is most current.
  • Address and write holiday cards.
  • Mail holiday cards.
  • Get a tree.
  • Trim tree.
  • Have friends over to enjoy tree.
  • Verify sitter arrangement for family adult Xmas party.
  • Bake 8 dozen cookies for nursery school fund raiser. (Easy, thanks to the Wilton cookie press I got for just over $2 on Black Friday! Tried it today and got all 8 dozen out of one batch.)
  • Ignore everyone who thinks it's stupid to bake 8 dozen cookies for a school fundraiser.
  • Promote school fundraiser online.
  • Volunteer at prep shift for school fundraiser.
  • Shop at school fundraiser.
  • Make soap with Nutmeg for her school's charity market. Pray it turns out.
  • Wrap presents.
  • Get or make some kind of advent calendar.
  • Make gingerbread house with kids.
  • Drop off toy drive gifts in Girl Scout box before it's too late.
  • Possible trip over to Hepzibah children's home to drop off gifts there too.
  • Bake the one teacher gift I haven't bought.
  • Deliver teacher gifts.
  • Assess wrapping paper supply and buy more if needed.
  • Look for a good deal on Scotch tape and buy a lot of it.
  • Wrap gifts.
  • Take kids to Danish Brotherhood Xmas party in Kenosha.
  • Attend Oak Park holiday event of some kind.
  • Write Gifts for Cheapskates guide on Frugalistic Mom, in addition of course to day-to-day blog posts.
  • Drink mulled wine, cider and egg nog.
  • Make cookies with the girls to bring to family celebrations.
  • Prepare broccoli cheese soup for Xmas Day Night Packer Game.
  • Pack up family's stuff for several days in Wisconsin and NOT wait until the last minute to do it and end up being late to Xmas Day at Mom and Dad's.
  • Order Xmas Eve sushi platter.
  • Not gain holiday weight.

That's all I have at the moment, and I'm sure I'm forgetting about half of it so I will log onto this post and add things as I remember them. Some of the things that look like only one item will take lots of steps.

Is my list par? Do you think I'm crazy or hey, maybe I don't do enough? What's on your holiday to-do list?


Elise said...

Wow! That's quite a list!

P.S. I don't its stupid to bake 8 dozen cookies for a fundraiser but I am jealous of your cookie press deal ;)

Kerri said...

I've followed your blog for the last few years. I'm admittedly a lurker and don't often post comments. That is quite an impressive list. My attitude for the holidays (not unlike the rest of the year) is to do as much as it takes to make some memories, but not so much as to overwhelm me and ruin the fun. The amount accomplished varies depending on my energy and mood, but I'm not sure it's really worth getting lots and lots done if leaves little time to enjoy it. I know some people can accomplish more and seem to enjoy it, but it's not really about who does more or who makes it all from scratch. It's about enjoying those you're around and hoping your kids will pick up a few of the traditions to take with them. Enjoy the holidays. Presents are fun, kids will remember the feeling and excitement of the holiday and they will not remember what day the tree got up on, how many varieties of cookies you made or whether you hand-made cards or bought them. I'm thinking my mom did half of what I do, but I still have very fond memories of childhood. Relax and enjoy!