41 Days . . .

. . . until Christmas! But, who’s counting? If you aren’t, I bet your kids are!

What did you do this past week to prepare? Are you ready for a true confession? I know, I usually make you wait until the end of the post to see whether or not I’m going to ‘fess up to anything, so here’s a bonus. I didn’t do a single thing this past week to get ready for Christmas. Ouch! So, what should I have done? I should have made sure that all the new addresses from last year’s cards got transferred to my computer. (I usually do it as they come in, but I always double-check the following year.) Then I should have printed out my address labels. For some reason, that is always a time-consuming chore.

I did, however, get my part of the Thanksgiving menu confirmed with my sister-in-law. She recently moved to the area and insisted that we go over there for the holiday meal this year. Hhmmm, let me think: allow someone else to cook the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes? Allow someone else to worry about place settings? Done deal! However, I’m still responsible for the pies, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce (from whole cranberries), rolls, and corn casserole. Of course, I’ll be helping set things out and clean up, but it won’t be in my kitchen this year. So, I did do some holiday prep work, just not for Christmas.

On the off chance that you need a little boost for the final 6-week countdown, I found this nifty site entitled “Christmas Countdown: Six Weeks to an Organized Christmas.” It has a free 6-week course (!) to help you be organized, or you can check out their daily messages, weekly themes, printable calendars, and more.

To help prepare your heart and attitudes for the real Reason for the Season, check out Peggie’s Place daily (for the month of December) devotionals.

Leave me a note to let me know how your Christmas and Thanksgiving plans are coming along!

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