There Are 61 Days Till Christmas …. Will You Be Ready, Dahling?

by on October 25, 2011

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

What are your Visions of Christmas Future?

Do you picture 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 utterly mortifying moment
when Aunt Minnie unwrapped the hot pink vibrator
meant as a joke gift for your girlfriend?

(a debacle due entirely to the frenzied gift-wrapping marathon on Christmas Eve
and one that no amount of red-faced apologies has managed to ease?)

Well, Relax, my frazzled dahling.

Help is at hand.

Last year, I had fully intended to Create my very own Scrumptious Christmas Planner….

(you know, 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 sooooo many of them
that I thought ‘what the hell’
and made myself some more tea instead.

But I knew I needed something to keep myself organized,
my inner-Martha happily occupied
and my regrettable tendency to leave-everything-to-the-last-minute under control,

so I googled forth till I found …

Ta Daaa!

(Trumpets, drumroll, confetti, glitter-flinging!)Christmas Countdown

A Scrumptious Solution to Christmas Chaos.

 

This priceless gem is from Organized Home
and actually started yesterday,
hence the mad scramble to tell you about it today.

It’s all lusciously high-tech and super duper easy
with each week’s guidance arriving by RSS Feed
(opt-in at the bottom of the page to get the emails).

All the printables are laid out in an easy-to-find fashion
and if you just do the little bit recommended each day,
I can almost guarantee a frazzle-free season.

But, sweethearts, PLEASE resist the temptation to print out absolutely everything
or to dive headfirst into some kind of
Total-Life-ReOrganization-Before-The-In-Laws-Arrive, won’t you?

It’s really not recommended even 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.

(been there, done that)

R e l a x.

B r e a t h e . . . .

You still have plenty of time to get things done.

Take one little step at a time,
and you’ll sail through the celebrations
all calm,
unflustered
and utterly fahbulous!

So, sweetie, go sign up for the Christmas Countdown right away.

You’ll be ever so glad you did.

Bliss-ings and oodles of hugs,

PS … Hopefully you paid attention to my email a few weeks ago
and implemented my Ninja Christmas Saving Trick,
but don’t fret if you didn’t.

(and if you’re not on my list, I’m afraid you missed it!)
A little restructuring of the budget,
and focus your time and money
on spoiling your loved ones with Experiences Not Stuff

and you’ll be everybody’s favorite Santa!

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Tanya October 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm

This is great! I have already begun to stress about everything that needs to be done. My family is driving to Oregon this year to visit my side of the family(YAY). So on top of everything we need to get done we have to drive over 24 hours the day before Christmas Eve too. I will definitely be using this, Thanks!
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Jacqueline Gates November 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Glad to help, Tanya. Have a safe and happy trip!

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Amy@Cellulite Leggings October 26, 2011 at 1:21 am

What a great find. The only problem is, now that you’ve shown me this tool, I’m already thinking how much easier getting geared up for Christmas this year will be. And when I start to relax, I start procrastinating! Its a double-edge sword for me! But the Christmas Countdown emails will definitely be a constant reminder for me to stop procrastinating and get a movin’! Thanks for sharing this.
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Jeanie@Facebook Templates October 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

To tell you the truth I’m not always very worried about Christmas presents) It surprises many of my friends but it’s really true. I usually know what to who to buy)) except my husband… that’s always a big problem for me))
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wine deals October 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

This might just be a Godsend. We’ve got a whole heap of relatives landing on us this Christmas, so the usual “Cook up a meal, drink too much wine, fall asleep in front of telly” plan won’t wash. With this my plan can easily come together….

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Paul@Christmas October 28, 2011 at 4:51 am

Thanks for the great tip, although I wasn’t really worried about how close christmas was until you said there’s only 61 days haha. Time to get started I think.

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Holly October 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Well I must say I haven;t really even thought much about Christmas, so far this year…. yet!! Which perhaps as I think about it right now I guess we have better get a plan ready… I may have to check out your suggestion, but I am not sure having no chaos would be any fun!! LOL Thanks for the info, I will begin to prepare…..
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Annie@Interactive Agency November 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Just last night, I thought, “It’s November! Time to start thinking of Christmas presents…” It feels like it was summer just a few weeks ago.

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Jacqueline Gates November 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I know – crazy, right? I swear the days go by faster as the year draws to a close.

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Miriam Buhr November 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Although Christmas is a special time of the year for many, it always seems to cause lots of stress in people’s lives. Yet if your goal or outcome is to simply ‘buy presents’ for your love ones, the idea of adopting small steps still applies like a charm. Great reminder Jacqui!
~Miriam

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james@burn the fat build the muscle November 4, 2011 at 5:09 am

@Miriam agreed with you, causing a lot of stress but i think it’s fun to do and it paid off especially if we have a chance to see our big family gather around and celebrate with us.
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Jacqueline Gates November 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Thank you, ma’am. I’ve left it too late for too many years ~ I’m enjoying flowing into the season with ease and grace 🙂

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Alexis November 4, 2011 at 1:22 am

I’m not a typical Christmas lover but I do love Christmas sales and the thrill of buy in a rush. Thanks for sharing the link. I’ll keep it in mind.
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Frank @ Solar Power At Home November 4, 2011 at 6:27 am

OMG! I’m not yet ready. Christmas is just around the corner and I’m not even done with my shopping list.

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David Johnson November 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hey Jacqui, you create such good visual images – I can just see ya crumpled under that christmas tree! And my challenge is getting into the mind of my wife, to figure out exactly what would make her melt, because she’s a soldier for serving others, and always says there’s nothing more she wants, but I know there’s a way to have one of those amazing moments you hint at.
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Jacqueline Gates November 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Hi David ~ there’s always a way! Be imaginative and don’t forget to pop in and tell me about your brilliant solution!

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Steve@merudh patel November 9, 2011 at 1:55 am

I am so excited for Christmas. I will be saving a lot of money to treat my loved ones on the grandest day of the year. =)
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Belly button rings November 11, 2011 at 1:34 am

I guess its time for us to start making efforts to make our Christmas special and memorable then the last one.Thanks for reminding us about this

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Belly ring November 11, 2011 at 1:34 am

Christmas is certainly a very nice and enjoyalble time.We must start making efforts to make it special and there are really many options available.

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Easy Make Money Ways November 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

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choupinette November 19, 2012 at 3:57 am

Is anyone really ready for the holidays? You know, the chaos, stress, the utter madness that permeates the cities, malls and streets? The unadulterated insanity? How does one prepare for this annual pandemonium? All kidding aside, I love all the frenetic energy that begins to percolate around now and relish in the challenge of finding the perfect gifts for everyone, decorating as if I was the great Martha Stewart and preparing luscious meals as if serving kings and queens. Bring it on!
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