Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Countdown Week 6: Celebrate

To Do This Week:

•Write and address final one-fifth of Christmas card List this week. Mail all cards by December 10.

•Complete the final one-fourth of gifts to make this week. If the gifts have not been completed, put them away for next year. Add any needed replacements to the master gift list.

•Complete gift shopping. Wrap and mail send-away gifts by December 6.

•Plan holiday parties using free printable party planning forms. Plan the event with the party planner form, track and record RSVPs on the guest list, and keep the lid on finances with the party budget form.

•Begin a family Advent observance. Use an Advent wreath, calendar or daily family activity to underscore your spiritual values.

•As a family, broaden your own observance by learning more about other holiday traditions.

•Record each year's special traditions on a holiday tradition tracker form. Add new ideas, and record your family's reaction. Keep the memories alive!

•Set aside favorite holiday books, music and video for use during the season. Print a Holiday Favorites inventory form to remind you of what's in the family library.

•Does your family collect holiday figurines, houses or collectibles? Print a Holiday Collections form and inventory Christmas collectibles for your Christmas planner.

•Order poultry or special roasts for any holiday meals held in your home.

•Cultivate a calm and quiet home during the height of the season. Turn the television off, and substitute reading one evening each week.

•Complete interior and exterior decorating. As a last touch, decorate the front door as a symbol that you are ready to celebrate!

•Get resolved! Consider New Year's resolutions carefully, and maximize your chances of following through by writing them down on a New Year's resolution form!
January 5, hold a holiday debriefing. Record impressions, memories and solutions to guide next year's holiday

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