Okay did the title get your attention?! I have a plan in place for next Christmas. I have list of gift ideas for each family member, craft ideas , ( anything from ornaments, to homemade gifts), recipes I did not get to try this year but really wanted to, favorite recipes that cannot be missed, christmas card list. Traditions. The ones that everyone loved and new ones I want to try. All of this goes into a notebook.
Will I accomplish it all? Probably not. However every thing I do accomplish helps lessen the stress come December 2010. My plan is to keep the notebook handy. I have a small gift notebook I keep in my purse ( because I cannot remember all of it!) Give it try! Plan ahead!
I already bought next years wrapping paper. It was 50 cents a roll. Of course I bought paper that was solid color or not necessarily christmas so it many not make it to the intended holiday. Dear daughter used a roll yesterday to line the kitchen drawers! They look awesome!
I love to decorate with natural items. I find lots of things in nature throughout the year. Seed pods, pinecones, sticks, grapevine and so on.
We love to STUFF the kids stockings full. Finding items that are personal to each child is so much fun! This is where keeping the list is so important. I shop alot of thrift stores, yardsales. I never know just what I will find. Having the list keeps me on track!
Here is one of the crafts I plan to make for next year
Country table runner, matching lap quilt for rocker, http://www.lovetosew.com/ragquiltphoto.htm
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