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 …
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
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!