Saturday, October 3, 2015

So Much To Do

I tried to keep going with the year round holiday prep but family and friends kept me very busy this year.  Besides work, I have done a lot of traveling and been to so many different celebrations (birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, family reunions) that try as I might, I just didn't have the time to do anything Christmassy. Although it was on my mind constantly.

But my favorite time of year has arrived - Autumn - and it is just what I need to get focused. I love this time of year.

It's been a rainy weekend so far here in Maryland.  It's also quite chilly. Thank goodness that storm that was supposed to hit decided to stay out in the Atlantic.  I love rainy days, but not that much, LOL.

Since I decided to stay in this weekend, I pulled out my trusty holiday planner notebook and got started.  I usually follow one of the plans over at Magical Holiday Home but they are already into week five.  No worries. I will just jump in and get the ball rolling.

To start I printed a few blank calendar pages from online and began noting upcoming events for the remainder of the year.  It's looking a little bare right now but I know it will start filling up real fast. I also got started on my master gift list.  While spending a little time online window shopping I found some great gift ideas. I hope to actually started holiday shopping by the end of next week. What's next?  Oh yeah!  I need to update my excel spreadsheet.  I like to keep track of gifts I've given in previous years so that I don't duplicate them.  I must say that I am starting to run out of ideas, LOL.

Tomorrow I will continue with my lists.  One major list I need to get done early is the menu for the annual Christmas Eve family dinner. For many it's probably easy but not for me.  I like to do something different each year. There may be one or two favorites that are a must but I like to switch it up.

It's nearly 6 so I think after I update my spreadsheet I'm going to take a break for the rest of the evening, grab some snacks, plop on the sofa under a blanket and watch some movies.