November is coming to a completion and before it ends the countdown to Christmas begins. I was in the Dollarama this week buying odds and ends for the Fantasy of Trees display. It opens tomorrow. Dollarama is a frenzy of Christmas shopping. All of these people have already considered their Christmas checklist.
Here's the realsimple.com list. I fully enjoyed the first two steps. First one makes a family plan and then one buys plane tickets. It is as though that family plan was overwhelming and needed escape.
Make a family plan Are you heading to your in-laws’ house? Hosting everyone at yours? Sit down with family members and decide where you’ll be spending the holidays.
Buy plane tickets If you’ll be flying somewhere, get your plane tickets as soon as possible.
As we move further down the list at the beginning of November there is another checklist item in which people need to be directed to be 'earnest' about Christmas:
Start Christmas shopping in earnest Yes, you may already be picking things up here and there, but the more you buy ahead, the better—especially if you’ll be mailing gifts. If you have big-ticket items (like electronics) that go on sale the day after Thanksgiving, you may want to brave the crowds on Black Friday—you could save substantially.
We're not even near the middle of the list. As we get to one week before Christmas, we are instructed to carry out this next step. I've followed the first two steps, so I would have already bought plane tickets to escape the Christmas mayhem, and now - one week before Christmas, my task is to deep clean my house. I am not sure what that means and it can't be pretty.
Deep clean your house You’ll enjoy those decorations even more if the floors are clean and the kitchen is organized. One important task: Clear out your refrigerator. Toss old leftovers to make room for big dishes and ingredients that’ll be piling up closer to the holiday.
So there's a little insight from realsimple about the pressures of Christmas. Enjoy Thanksgiving - the long, long holiday weekend! Then hop over to the realsimple site and start checking off your Christmas list.
Today we have more images using the Flaming Pear india ink filter. The concluding image is my reaction to the Christmas Countdown Checklist. All in good fun.