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Anyone have any ideas, suggestions, advice or need help getting organized for Christmas??????????<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
I'm scared, I am not prepared for Christmas in a month?
 

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Me! Me! Me! We have back to back to back to back to back birthdays and holidays within the next month, plus a newborn, impending job change for dh and planning for a subsequent move (read repairing credit so we can hopefully buy a house a again) within a year. My head might explode. I don't have a minutes peace to think about it, really! I am so so thankful this year my MIL is doing massive cookie baking, it takes the pressure off me feeling like I have to. So we are flying by the seat of our pants and I am just hoping it all works out ok. I am trying to be forgiving with myself and accepting that this year, I just can't do it all! So no suggestions, just understanding...you are not alone!
 

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I plan to sit down this week with a blank calendar for December and write down all the activities and events we want to do in December - the town tree lighting ceremony, cookie baking at Grandma's, which day we will go see the Christmas window decorations in the city, etc. There's so much going on this time of year, I need this to help me keep track!<br><br>
I hope to plan out a few craft and baking activities in advance and gather all the necessary supplies.<br><br>
Also, I gathered together all of my holiday gift bags (we reuse these from year to year) and other gift-wrapping supplies in one place, so I can pull them out when the time comes and hopefully finish the wrapping quickly.<br><br>
We are hosting 2 holiday events, so I have taken inventory of what we need and am trying to gather all non-perishable stuff in advance (candles, dishes, etc.) I hope to make one trip to Costco this week to load up on all the non-perishable stuff we buy there so that we won't have to return there until January. DH will plan the menus for our events so he will take on the task of running around buying food (yay!)<br><br>
I also want to buy a few bottles of wine or special candles to have on hand to give as hostess gifts.<br><br>
Finally, I need to shop for my out-of-town relatives sometime this week- I always leave this to the last minute and end up in a long line at the post office, or paying extra shipping to send stuff quickly.<br><br>
Generally, I am trying to not spend the next month running in circles to the same stores over and over!
 

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We too have a lot going on in this next month. We have 4 birthdays in our family, plus Christmas and tons of family will be in town.<br><br>
Mostly I'm just taking things as they come. DH and I have sat down and made our Christmas gift list/budget. We don't buy for very many people, and we're keeping all gifts simple and inexpensive this year. I'm keeping my calendar up to date and being careful not to overschedule. I've already turned down 2 invitations to holiday parties because it would've made our life too crazy.<br><br>
Honestly, I'm most afraid of the piles of toys and various plastic crap that my children are sure to receive this year. We will definitely be going through all of the toys after Christmas/birthdays are over to make sure the kids don't have more than they can play with or clean up on their own.
 

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Good idea with the calendar planning. I always write things in my calendar, but I end up not following the plan.
 

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I am such a Flylady geek, but flylady.com has a control journal for the holidays w/ preprinted lists to fill out. Just writing things down took a huge load off my mind, and also helped me realize I don't *want* to do a lot this year!
 

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It's so nice to know I'm not alone.
 
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