That is why we are starting with lists. The sheer volume of "things to do" in preparation of the holidays can be overwhelming and can stifle progress simply because there is just too much to think about. We won't let it stop us! Find a spot where you can be alone for a few minutes (remember, your closet is viable option). Throw on some Christmas music if it will help you get "into the mood". Grab some sheets of notebook paper and your favorite pen. Let's get started...
Create the following lists:
- Gifts to give
- Christmas card list
- Goodies for sharing
- Menus for Thanksgiving & Christmas (don't forget Christmas Eve and Christmas morning)
- Favorite meals to freeze
- Long term shopping list: canned food, perishables per holiday, linens/tableware, decorations.
Don't be afraid to pull out some of those rarely used cookbooks and magazines and plan to make something different that you've always wanted to try. We have time to be creative, so take advantage! Jot down as much as you can. These lists aren't set in stone so change them as you need to.
Congratulations! You've got a game plan! And more importantly, you've just taken your first step in making your holiday season smoother and much more enjoyable. Now, be honest. You already feel better, don't you?