In my dreams I enjoy each and every day of December until Christmas. From the 1st through the 25th, I’m baking holiday treats for family, friends, and neighbors. Sharing the Christmas story with my little girl through crafts, books, and the Bible. Creating a winter wonderland in my home with kiddie craft decor, homemade garland, and treasured ornaments and figurines. Hosting Christmas gatherings on a whim because everything is “ready” for last minute guests festivities. Frolicking (I’m a fan of frolicking, it’s cool) to and fro, soaking in the Christmas spirit through music, festivals, church bells, and whimsical store displays. Carving memories and building traditions without the stress of self-induced holiday hustle and bustle.
And most importantly, sharing the (pardon the cliche) reason for the season with my family, specifically my little girl. Taking our time to explore the meaning of Christmas without the negative impact of hyper-scheduled lives, growing shopping/gift/to-do lists, and an unorganized home.
In my dreams.
Some years are better than others, but, for the most part, I need to make concerted efforts to organize and plan the days leading up to my favorite time of year in order for me to make the best of December. And this year I’m determined to add November to the list. I’m launching A Cozycakes Christmas Series today to get organized in these fast-moving days before Christmas. I’d love you to join in if you, too, find a bit of organization and reflection helps you enjoy the season.
Lofty goals. Here are a couple of reasons why I’m putting more effort into this than usual:
- I don’t like stressed Danielle. I don’t like over-scheduled Danielle. I don’t like waking up in mid-January with a bit of regret in my belly and a whole lot of longing for what I didn’t accomplish or savor during the holidays. If my home is out of order, my mind is out of order. And that means that the good stuff–the quality time with family and friends, the heartening worship, the QUALITY–drops off my list of important things.
- A couple of gals on my Cozycakes Cottage Facebook page requested that I share my Christmas/To Do List Christmas TEST. I mentioned I was in the middle of creating my holiday lists and they were eager for me to share what helps me get through the season. If I can help you out a wee bit, then I’m happy to share. I wanted my lists to be as helpful as possible so I’ve been working on them, burning the midnight oil. That’s a lie–I haven’t burned the midnight oil, but I’ve tried to put more time in them than I normally would. Because, let’s be honest, by helping YOU, I’m helping ME.
And there you have my reasons for organizing my Christmas in this public forum. Some of you are way ahead of me and already done with Christmas prep. Kudos to you! I envy you and I think you’re awesome. 🙂 But if you need a little help or support, here I am! I’m here to support your Christmas heart. Stick around for the next few weeks and let’s get ready together. I got your back, you got mine.
- Later today I’ll be posting Day 1 of this series. I’m keeping it as simple and straightforward as I can and I hope you’ll join me! See you soon!
Other posts in the A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas Series:
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 1
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 2
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 3
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 4
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 5
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 6 & 7
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 8
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 9
- A Cozycakes Christmas: My Organized Christmas: Day 10
*Printable Worksheet for Day4: Christmas Card List
*Printable Worksheet for Day 3: Gift List Planner
*Printable Worksheet for Day 2, Task 1: Christmas Priorities: Master To-Do List (Printable)
*Printable Worksheet for Day 2, Task 2: Christmas Calendar
*Printable Worksheet for Day 1: All I Want for Christmas: Your Christmas Heart Worksheet (Printable)