Holiday preparations have been started in good measure around here. After Thanksgiving, and N's birthday (which I have yet to share) we get pretty motivated to get things started so that we can enjoy December without the stress and the hustle and bustle.
September's sheet has things like finding all the cookie recipes, calling to book an appointment for the boys' photo, making my supplies list for Christmas cards. In October, I start the "big cleaning". I like to get each room done, one per week, so that when December arrives, I just have to maintain it rather than clean the whole house top to bottom. I also start cookie dough, a batch or two per week to put in the freezer in advance (did you know most cookie dough recipes can be frozen for three months?). I also like to start the things that can be done in advance...more on that later in the post. November I focus on getting things in order - finishing up the cleaning, the cookie dough, shopping for non-perishables - things like that. And then that leaves December clear for cookie decorating, parades, parties, sledding, and decorating.
Cookies, cookies, cookies:
I'm curious - do you start early to take December nice and easy, or do you thrive on the hustle and bustle?
Feel free to share!