Planning Ahead, Starting Behind
This past Saturday, we attended my niece's wedding. I had company over the weekend and mentioned a 'save the date' event coming up for my immediate family...to which my daughter replied that it was just a month away. I didn't panic right away but it occurred to me Sunday afternoon when the guests were gone that indeed in the next five weeks or so I have no less than ten events before the year ends and that every single one of them requires some effort on my part to pull them off. True several of those holidays will be just John and I on our own but I do like to do things for us, too. And thus far, I have done nothing... YIKES!
I felt downright lousy Sunday. I greatly enjoyed the wedding but it was outdoors Saturday evening, which was a cold evening. Brrrr...And the cold came back with a vengeance. Not a lot I could do while feeling bad...but I had to do something.
So I started making lists. We have agreed to do family gifts for each family group but we do purchase items for one another and Mama. I've bought nothing thus far. I don't even have Christmas cards, having failed to purchase cards last year at end of season sales.
I started with the Thanksgiving holiday. I must purchase several of the components for a holiday meal. I've nothing at present but cranberry sauce and pumpkin. And there's that holiday breakfast thing. No canned cinnamon rolls this year but we must have a nice diabetic friendly but special holiday meal. I.have.no.idea. Oh dear. I do, at least, have an idea of what I'd like to do with the table for mine and John's Thanksgiving meal. I haven't done a trial run of it yet, but will try to get that done tomorrow.
Then we'll have visitors before November is over and done. I'd like to have items ready to send off with them, so I must hurry and purchase that and gather the other items .
I really ought to get the Christmas cards and stamps purchased and the cards addressed and ready to go in the mail. I usually set up our Christmas tree Thanksgiving evening and light it. I decorate it slowly over the coming week or so, including the decorating of the house. I haven't even so much as a plan this year about what I'd like to do. It will, naturally, be strictly 'Use what I have.'
Hanukkah is an 8 night celebration and usually it focuses hard upon foodstuffs. This year, I'd like to change that up a bit. Naturally we'll have latkes on the first night and gelt one of those nights but for the rest of the nights I'd like to try to focus on inexpensive but non-food fun items. I've NO CLUE what I mean to do. Last year I purchased a CD of music, made Star of David sugar cookies with edible silver glitter, purchased a DVD we liked, etc. I don't have time (nor indeed funds) this year for any of those sorts of things. So I'm going to be looking hard for ideas on Pinterest over the next few days.
Decorating the house...I have a few ideas of how I want it to look for Christmas but pulling elements together will be the big deal. I'd like to have this done by our family all in one holiday. We'll be hosting at least one family for a good portion of the week and possibly two families over the weekend. I need to plan foods for the week, plan table setting and meal for the special meal, get family gifts, make sure sleeping arrangements are covered, etc. Lots to do for that.
Then there's a work Christmas party following shortly on the heels of that. I've nothing to wear. NOTHING. I discovered this when I went in Friday evening to try to put together an outfit for the wedding. The pants I'd meant to wear fell OFF. The tops hung upon me like windless sails. Katie stared in shock at my selection and sighed deeply as she tried to pull together an outfit. She managed but she turned to me and said 'Mama. You have GOT to shop.' She is quite right. Even the maxi skirt I assumed fit well had to be taken up in order to stay on. That means I have 1 pair of jeans and five t-shirts. And another stack of clothing for V...
John is working Christmas Eve but will be in Christmas morning. It will be just the two of us for that day as well but again a holiday meal is wanted and a specially decorated table and that special holiday breakfast.
And finally there is New Year's Day. In the South, many serve pork with greens and black eyed peas and rice. John and I stopped eating pork years ago and he asked that we drop that 'traditional good luck' meal. We've done Chinese takeout a few times and Sub Sandwiches but both of those are carbohydrate heavies. Since our local Subway closed down we've no options locally and it's unlikely we'll drive out of town. Another 'traditional' meal change up necessary and again, I've. No. Clue. Except knowing that I must have it on hand before the day arrives!
So you can see how behind I've started...I am off to study Pinterest for inspiration.