Can you believe it? Christmas is less than 4 weeks away! I’m not sure where the time is going and that’s why I started the countdown several weeks ago. Although there’s a long list of preparations, I feel so much better about where I’m at this year. How about you?
If you’re just jumping on the Holiday Countdown wagon, I suggest you take a look at what we’ve been up to weeks one to five.
How did I do?
Donate to a charity or give your time. This month I donated to the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada. They are putting together Bear-Able gift bags full of items, such as board games, toys, crayons, coloring books, markers, video games, puzzles, books, teddy bears, craft kits…all sorts of things that make children smile and laugh. They will be distributed to hospitals across the country. The Bear-Able Gift Program is the largest supplier of gifts to children with cancer in North America.
Do something crafty. My house has been in a state of disarray this week. I have several craft projects going on simultaneously. My kitchen table is half covered in decoupage supplies and semi-completed ornaments, my basement work table is currently being used as a spray paint booth and my office console table is stacked with ribbon, paint bottles, and other craft supplies. All of this mess will eventually turn in to projects I will show over the upcoming weeks.
Start gathering gift wrapping supplies. I’m always on the look out for fabulous gift wrapping supplies any time of the year. I have to say that I’m drawn to wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbon and tags probably a lot more than the average person- they make me happy! To tell you the truth, I buy most of my supplies in January when everything is heavily discounted. However, I did stumble upon some beautiful tissue paper and ribbon this week that I just had to buy.
Decorate your front door/porch.
Nothing says ‘Welcome’ more than a beautifully decorated front porch. Although there are many ideas, I suggest coordinating your decorations with the theme you chose back on week two, as well as something that suits the exterior of your home. For instance, if you have a modern exterior you should select decorating elements that are clean lined and minimalist. If your front porch is traditional, go for something embellished and ornate.
Here are some ideas:
Buy or create an advent calendar.
I don’t care how old you are, advent calendars are fun. Although my son is 16, he still likes opening a little something starting December 1. In the past I’ve done the traditional chocolate, but this year I’m going to change it up a bit with notes that say what it is. For instance, it could be a hot chocolate from Starbucks or a chore he gets out of that day. I think it will be fun!
Here are some ideas:
Boxes (this one comes with a free printable to create it yourself)
Prepare and send your holiday cards.
Remember the photos I suggested you take back on week one and the cards you were supposed to select on week four? Well, it’s time to get them ready and send them on their merry way. A couple years ago (after kicking myself time after time) I decided to set up a system for organizing my cards. They were starting to pile up and it was hard to know what to do with them. What I decided to so was keep one or two favorites from each person in a large envelope and try to reuse the remaining cards in another way or recycle them. Now I often use part of the cards as gift tags.
Something else I do to stay organized is keep a record of who I’ve sent cards to and who I’ve received them from. MomAgenda has a free printable that makes this easy. I also purchase a large book of stamps and print out return address labels on my computer. Having everything at my fingertips means the cards are more likely to get out the door on time.
I hope you’re enjoying this series. We’re more than half way there and we’re going to be getting into full out decorating, entertaining and enjoying the season whole-heartedly. I’d love for you to follow along! Also, I want to send out a big thank you for all your wonderful comments!