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Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Goals

For participation in Holidays in Hand, I needed to write down some goals for this Christmas season.  I was totally in favor.  I find that if I write down goals, it is MUCH more likely to happen!  Here are mine:



 1.        ALWAYS remember why we are celebrating this holiday.  I love Christmas.  I love baking, buying, singing, wrapping, decorating, ribonning, garlanding, lighting, Christmas movie-ing, planning, making, sewing, gluing, eating and partying.  Really though, how much of that has to do with the birth of the Savior?  I don’t think I need to overhaul my Christmas activities, I just need to REMEMBER and REFLECT and INCORPORATE and keep Jesus at the forefront of my thoughts.
2.       Wrap presents.  No, the people on my Christmas list do not  get presents wrapped in Target bags.  However, every year I carefully plan out the wrapping paper, ribbon, tags, and other embellishments, but it’s always a hail mary effort on Christmas eve (or even Christmas Day [see #4 below]) to wrap as fast as possible because we need to leave.  I never enjoy it.  It usually lands in my husband’s lap.

3.       Be realistic.  Being out of touch with the measurement of time is an inherited trait.  I’m never realistic with the projects I take on for Christmas.  If I even think I have a free window, I just add another project.  Then everything takes me much longer and not only don’t I have that free window, I can’t finish the projects I have already started. 
4.       Finish ALL presents by noon on Christmas Eve.  Earlier would be better.  For many years now, I have been making presents up until Christmas Eve festivities, continuing them after Christmas Eve festivities, and still continuing them Christmas morning.  No wonder I feel that I’m lacking with goal #1.  I would loooooooove to sit and relax and not have presents hanging over me.
5.       Be resourceful with my current stash of raw materials.  We are using pine cones for our mass produced presents this year so that is resourceful, but I DO have a stash of fabric and paper that could be used to create many presents without the need to buy a lot more.  [Note to husband:  I didn’t say I wasn’t going to buy anything.  I said I was going to TRY to use the stash].
6.       Enjoy.  The month is so fleeting, it can be over before you say Jingle Bells.  I want to sit back and relax!
What are your holiday goals?

Eggs

Do you see when these eggs expire?  AAAAAAAAaaaaaaack!

I hope you are ready!  I'm not!
Holidays in Hand started today.  I'm looking forward to documenting this holiday season.  Did anyone else sign up?

I've got some blog posts coming this week.  Life and other Obligations have gotten in the way of blogging.
See you soon!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Contest Winner and Free Class

Sorry for the late post, but last Tuesday, as promised, I chose a winner for the bag contest. 
Random.org chose my blogging friend Tilly as the winner! 

I posted previously about a free photo editing class at JessicaSprague.com.  That class was fantastic and led to me taking several more of her classes on everything from graphic design to photography.

She is offering another free class this November all about preserving your holiday memories.  The description says you do not need Photoshop skills for this class, so I think it is a writing/recording/preserving class.


Join me! Go to www.JessicaSprague.com and sign up!
Let me know if you sign up for the class.  I will look for you in the forum!

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