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What does it mean to prepare all through the year?

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Posted 01-23-2010 at 12:07 PM by Sapsorrow

You know what? Even if your Yuletide season lasts from December 6th to January 6th, there's still not that much to plan! This end of the year I'm stumped for what to do besides getting some gifts, perennial Christmas supplies, and collecting recipes. Lord knows, I'm not going to plan schedules and menus without knowing when the parades, festival of the trees and so on are even happening!

I have cards, address labels, and gift tags, a strand of string lights, cloth bags for wrapping, our temporary stockings, totes for wrapping, a book of carols, a bundle of stocking stuffers for the girls, and two of their gifts (both books). That's more prepared than we've ever been, but I don't feel very prepared at all! In my mind I'm thinking: tree stand, strings of lights, garlands, ornaments, more gifts, etc. I'm a little bit fretful about having no creche or advent calendar.

This really isn't how I wanted to approach Christmas in 2010. Actually, this is just about exactly what I wanted to avoid! Yes, I want gifts under the tree and in the stockings, but I wanted more joy, more of the Christmas spirit. I certainly don't want to burn out on Christmas now that I've finally rediscovered it, and I don't want to stress the children.

Therefore, before we even get out of the first month of planning, I have settled on a new approach: my monthly "work" days I'm going to put on a Christmas album, read some of my favorite Christmas stories, journal about Christmas, and aim for a cup of tea and a cookie. This end of the year I'm going to write a list of the year-after-year items that we don't have (tree stand, garlands, string lights, ornaments, nativity, and advent calender), then collect those. I'm going to buy some gifts each month, because that's a function of our seasonal business and if I didn't do that there'd be nothing under the tree. Recipes, menu planning, and things like that can't happen until six months ahead of time, no sooner.
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