ONE WEEK TIL CHRISTMAS EVE

Christmas lights 2008 (when it was still a "family project.") and the inspiration for this year's Christmas card.  Now all I have to do is start printing.

Christmas lights 2008 (when it was still a "family project.") and the inspiration for this year's Christmas card.  Now all I have to do is start printing.

I’ve never been one to have all my ducks in a row when it comes to Christmas.  I don’t have a check off list or a countdown calendar.  I’m the one who finds a present weeks after Christmas that should have made it under the tree or in a stocking, but stayed buried in my closet until the New Year’s Resolutions kicked in.  I don’t send my Christmas cards out weeks before the big day.  I like to wait until I receive a card and only, after reading the enclosed Annual Christmas Family Update, I send my card congratulating or commiserating with recipients as indicated by the contents of their letters.  I don’t plan my Christmas baking weeks or months ahead of time but find myself a week or two before Christmas trying to remember which goodies made the make it again list.  Obviously, I wasn’t in line when they were handing out organizational skills. 

The Great One on the other hand has his itemized index cards for each person, is a great gift-giver and never leaves a present behind.  When he was still teaching and had time off at Christmas and I was working up until the big day, he did most of the baking.

It’s December 17th and our tree is not up, our cookies not baked, our Christmas cards not printed and our yard not decorated.  In years past, the outdoor decorations were a family project – whether they wanted it to be or not.  However, this year, I decided to decorate outside only what I could put up and take down myself.  So at this point, there is holly on the porch.  Eventually, I’ll get a wreath on the door – all I have to do is find it, I know it’s in the garage somewhere.  The tree will find its way into the house this weekend and the cookies will get baked and bagged. 

Just to show y’all that I haven’t been sitting around idly twiddling my thumbs, here are a few of the things I have been doing.  However, if I’m going to be ready in 7 days, I had better get my act together!

Decorated my Christmas goodies gift bags.

Decorated my Christmas goodies gift bags.

Decorated canning jars for money/gift cards and candy.

Decorated canning jars for money/gift cards and candy.

Got calendars for my mom, sisters, sister-in-law, brother and niece.  (I go through each calendar wishing Happy Birthday, etc. on the special days (my cards are always late) and comment on the pictures/puzzles/comics, etc. on the calendar pages throughout the year.

Got calendars for my mom, sisters, sister-in-law, brother and niece.  (I go through each calendar wishing Happy Birthday, etc. on the special days (my cards are always late) and comment on the pictures/puzzles/comics, etc. on the calendar pages throughout the year.

Went through this year's chosen cookbooks marking cookie recipes and listing ingredients.

Went through this year's chosen cookbooks marking cookie recipes and listing ingredients.

Got all the ingredients for the chosen recipes.

Got all the ingredients for the chosen recipes.

And pondered what to do with this to make it look a lot like Christmas.

And pondered what to do with this to make it look a lot like Christmas.