Christmas Countdown

by on November 1, 2010

So Halloween is out of the way, and this goddess just realized that the Christmas Countdown has begun!

Did that statement make you break out in a cold sweat, Dear Heart?

Do you have visions of a Norman Rockwell morning with everyone delighted opening Exactly What They Wanted while you waft around the kitchen, fully made up and deliciously attired, putting the final touches on a feast that would make Martha Stewart chew her nails?

Or do you remember last year’s mortifying moment when Aunt Minnie unwrapped the vibrator meant as a gag gift for your girlfriend, a debacle due entirely to the frenzied wrapping marathon on Christmas Eve?

Well, Relax, my frazzled dahlings. Help is at hand.

I had planned to Create my very own Scrumptious Christmas Planner, complete with lists, and recipes and stirring quotes to urge you on to Domestic Goddess-hood, but a quick rummage round the internet turned up so many that I thought ‘what the hell’ and made myself some more tea instead.

But I knew my overwhelmed luvlies were relying on me to save the day, not to mention their sanity, so sallied forth till I found … Ta Daaa!

The Perfect Solution to Christmas Chaos.

Actually, TWO ~ one free, the other for less than the price of a two lattes.

The first is from Organized Home and is a weekly Christmas Countdown that  started on October 24th (did I say they were Organized!!) but has all of the previous six days’ worth of nudges all laid out so you can do a little sprint to catch up.

This one is lusciously high-tech with each week’s guidance arriving by RSS Feed and a Facebook page where you can connect with other Domestic goddesses on the same path. All the printables are laid out in an easy-to-find fashion and you can either do the whole lot at once or weekly as the lessons dictate.

But, sweethearts, do resist the temptation to print absolutely everything and dive headfirst into Total Life ReOrganization, won’t you?

It’s not recommended at the best of times and Certainly not right before the Holiday Madness, unless you want to end up in a wine-soaked heap under a partly decorated tree while your kids eat cereal for dinner.

The second offering is from the website that sends Vintage Housekeepers like me into paroxysms of delight, Brocante Home.

I’ve been using her Housekeepers Planner for a while now ~ a puttery guide that’s as practical as it is gorgeous ~ and earlier this year worked through her Trash It or Treasure It guide to decluttering both mind and house.

So you can imagine how twitterpated I am about her Christmas Planner, as she says “a surefire route to festive heaven.” And we all want that, don’t we, dahlings?

And then there’s also her Christmas Countdown, which covers Only 30 days prior to meltdown the big day, because she understands that even domestic goddesses tend to leave things till the last minute. Nonetheless, it’s a comprehensive collection of charts and forms and lists that will help you organise everything from Christmas cards to the very essence of your own family Christmas and still look ravishing and Calm under the mistletoe.

So there you are, my luvlies. Two different paths toward Festive Calm – choose whichever one suits your particular style and makes your little heart sing with optimism.

Now, my next post will cover how to make the most of all this organized bliss by positioning your home business and the products you sell so that you can take advantage of the gift-buying season. That way, not only will you be helping other frazzled friends avoid the mall mayhem, but you’ll also make a few extra pennies to spoil yourself with. (Make sure you’ve opted in so you don’t miss anything)

So, Dear Heart, click on the links and decide which planner is best for you. Print it out and get started.

Someone once said “Christmas is a race to see which gives out first – your money or your feet.”

This doesn’t have to be you, Scrumptious One! With your planner in hand, your Countdown to Christmas will be a breeze.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Sophia@Rave Sticks November 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm

OMG, the pop-up video! That is so cool, how did you do that?


Jacqueline Gates November 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Aaaaahhh ~ you’ll have to keep in touch, goddess Sophia.
The secret will be revealed in about a week or so.


Sophia@Rave Sticks November 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Curses. If you say so!


Kellie Hosaka@network marketing business training for residual income November 3, 2010 at 1:49 am

Aloha Jacqui!

I loved the video! It’s so YOU! And I love the organization for Christmas. It is such a “hustle and bustle” time for most. Thank you for your insights and I look forward to your future posts.

Much aloha,
Kellie 🙂
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JoAnn Donahue November 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Well, it is here upon us. The thoughts of the hustle and bustle wear me out already.
I love the two favorite sites you provided for the help most yearn for.

I had a thought today of gift giving “wouldn’t it be nice to give ONE gift to each of my grandchildren and that be enough”?
I do believe children would very quickly love their one thing and get this even remember that toy? I mean they have so much!

Oh to go back to more simpler times would be so beneficial for everyone. My thought, my opinion just sayin’ 🙂


Joy November 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Oh Jacqui

I just love what you create. I love the new tools and so excited to see everything put together.
What a wonderful post on Christmas it is one of my favorite holidays.

We shall be seeing you around a lot I expect as you will me..

Thank you for just being you My Lady
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Sire@Loves to Blog November 6, 2010 at 7:06 am

Hey Jacqueline, I must admit I didn’t watch the video, only because I dislike popups and I didn’t know it was you. If I had known that I would have watched it for sure. I’ll actually watch it once I finished typing this.

The Christmas countdown sounds like a great idea for an early Christmas present. 😉
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Sheri Botman November 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Thank you for the lovely Christmas Gifts. The Christmas Countdown and Planner will certainly be helpful for those who desire to keep their Peace, Joy and Sanity this upcoming Season!
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Angie Atchley @VivoBello November 8, 2010 at 9:36 am

I’m so ready!! I want to start wrapping, baking and freezing! Love Love Love Christmas! But on Dec. 25th mid afternoon, I’m completely DONE. For the YEAR.

Thanks for the great tips! Lets get started!
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Sophia@Rave Sticks November 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Is it too early to break out the Christmas CDs?


Jacqueline Gates November 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Angie dear, I’m ever so glad you popped over to visit.
If you hadn’t I might not have visited all the yummy-ness over on your blog too.
Five Small Children?!
Dear Heart, you are not only a goddess, but in my eyes you are Superwoman!


Andy @ beagle problems November 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Yey! Christmas season is coming. For me, it’s the happiest celebration of all since everyone is willing to give gift and share blessings. I just hope the spirit of Christmas will stay in all yearlong.Thanks for sharing some good tips how can we enjoy this festive season more.


Jacqueline Gates November 16, 2010 at 10:46 am

After 8 years in retail over the Christmas period, I’m soooo looking forward to really enjoying this one and making it the happiest celebration of all.
Thanks for popping in, Andy. Your enthusiasm for Christmas made me smile. And yes, wouldn’t it be nice if we could have Peace and Goodwill all year long?!


Jackie Ulmer November 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Awesome Goddess! Can I share, I am almost done Christmas shopping! Yay! Ready to embrace those holidays!

Lovely having tea with you!
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