Well folks, it is undeniably time to start getting ready for Christmas. Did you notice the date on the calendar? One month and counting!! How will you plan for your holiday festivities? Do you have good books you pull out year after year? Favorite recipes? Websites or blogs you will visit? Do you need to call family members to find out what their plans are and synchronize your calendars? Holiday parties to plan? Christmas cards to order and that elusive "perfect" photo of your family to attempt to capture?
For me the planning, starts with the food. (Does this surprise you?) I have favorite Christmas cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch that I love to get out and make lists of goodies I want to try, or remember the tried and true favorites I make year after year. This year I have my eye on this magazine and might just have to pick it up next time I am at the grocery store. What is it about Christmas that makes me want to buy every available magazine on the subject? I will most likely make a run this weekend and pick up the December editions of Hallmark magazine, Southern Living, Victoria-- and anything else that strikes my fancy! At the end of the day, these feasts for the eyes await me on my nightstand.
Do you need some inspiration in the planning department? I thought I would provide a few links that I have enjoyed:
Planning a Christmas party? Check out this guide.
Here's a great free guide from Flylady: The Holiday Control Journal.
Want to host a cookie exchange? Check out this site.
This article about "Ten Things To Do Before The Holidays" had some good information.
This is a great site-- even if you don't have 12 weeks to plan for the holidays.
This was a great collection of good ideas for kids at Christmas.
If you are hosting Christmas dinner this year, you might want to check out this site.
And by far if you don't already know about it yet, check out Organized Christmas for a wealth of information!
Hope these links help to inspire you to plan for a wonderful Christmas!