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Holiday Prep

November 7, 2012

I got my hair cut 2 weeks ago and even though I’ve had Christmas and planning on my mind a ton lately, it still hit me like a ton of bricks when I went to schedule an appointment for 6 weeks away and the date was solidly into December.

Last year I had that crazy blog deal for free shutterfly cards if I ordered them in October, so I used it as motivation to get a ton of stuff done early.  I’m not quite that early this year, but I have done a good bit of planning and I feel sort of ready to face the next eight weeks with intention.

::If you love handmade, I think this idea for cards is so beautiful.

::If you love lists – here are links to a bunch of holiday planners and even a binder setup. I’m not that prepared, nor do I want so much on my plate that I feel like I need a binder for it all, but I do have a running list now of things we’re going to need and gifts on paper and in my phone so that I don’t forget ideas when they pop into my head.

::I’ve seen a million cute Advent calendar ideas floating around, but at the end of the day my kids are pee-their-pants excited about having those little calendars where you open the door and get a chocolate, so we’re doing those along with this sweet  idea to plant seeds along with acts of kindness and have small bits of hay for our manger on Christmas Eve.

A few old Merry Making posts in case you’re really ready to think about some holiday ideas and projects:

::Make a Gift Wrapping Station – I loved getting stuff wrapped as I bought it last year and not feeling overwhelmed right before Christmas. Just make sure you label – I could NOT for the life of me remember what some of that wrapped stuff was in December last year:)

::Wrap Your Holiday Books – and label them so that you can pick certain books if you’re hunting! I did this a few weeks ago and as we’re adding a few books this year I’ll just wrap and add to the pile. The kids LOVE unwrapping the books and adding them to the Christmas book basket that we keep under the tree.

::Ridiculously Easy Salted Toffee – Pin this and add this to your list for when you need a last minute gift and don’t have a ton of time left in December.

::Candy Cane and Gingerbread Play Dough – SO fun! And if you hunt around, there are tons of even easier no-cook recipes if you don’t have it in you to make homemade playdough(it is easy, though – I swear!) You can even get some white play-doh and add some food coloring and scent like peppermint or spices like cinnamon and call it good!

::Orange Pomanders and Garland – These would be great for November, too. Just be careful – my oranges with cloves got a little moldy last year. So I’m going to probably skip that this year and just do the garland…

::50 Things to Do in December – For the record – I’m not saying you should DO all 50 things and I’m most definitely not saying that we do/did all 50.  Just putting it out there as you’re tossing around holiday ideas and planning! I posted it as things to do with kids, but most of it is really for anyone.

What are you doing to get ready for your holidays? Anything fun and exciting?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2012 11:27 pm

    Oh how I love your posts… but all ten of my toes just curled. I’m raising a feral child; no time for holiday!😉

    • Lillian permalink*
      November 8, 2012 9:19 am

      Hahah! Sorry;)

      • November 8, 2012 10:13 am

        It’s all good… in your holiday ready world. My kid is digging through closets, looking for food. Forget about yummy treats; he would be happy for a scrap of bread! Seriously: love your posts.😉

  2. November 11, 2012 8:29 pm

    Thank you for all the great links!!

    With the oranges, you need at least three times the cloves you used. I did the same thing as you and mine molded. My husbands great grandma told me that you need to cover a least 50% of the orange with cloves. The smell when I did them her way was much stronger smelling than my 1st attempt, so one goes a long way.

    • Lillian permalink*
      November 11, 2012 8:33 pm

      So so good to know – thank you!

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