- Made a gift list (and checked out budget for each)
- Gathered gift ideas from our daughters
- Planned holiday baking, including list of all ingredients
- Scheduled holiday baking
- Decided to send eCards
- Addressed, stamped and signed the three physical cards we will mail
- Bought ingredients for first round of baking
- Checked holiday lights, and recycled those that were no longer usable
- Bought one new set of holiday lights
- Checked holiday wrapping for needs (there were none!)
|Christmas Cactus. I inherited one when I moved to our new home.|
However it isn't blooming, so this picture is the next best thing!
In addition to all those tasks, I also started shopping for gifts. I only have a few so far. I've been doing a lot of my shopping and browsing online in order to find the right item and at the price I'm willing to pay. I also started working on a photo book. And I expect to do more work on the photo book and more shopping in the next week to make a bigger dent in our shopping.
I'm looking forward to baking this week. I'm going to make two loaves of banana bread first since it seems the least holiday related. I make it so many other times of the year, too. I'm also going to make two pans of mint chocolate chip bars. I can get 60 small bars out of each pan. Except for a few bites of the bars, I expect to freeze everything for use later in December.
I need to take some time to do a little planning for the gifts I will need to mail in December. I'm going to make sure I have the right box, picking up free Flat Rate boxes at the Post Office if necessary. I will be at the post office tomorrow mailing a package, so it will be convenient to pick up what I need then. I also want to make note of mailing dates that are suggested as deadlines. I believe I also need packing tape, so I need to get that on my list. As of now, I only expect to mail two gifts, so very manageable!
Do you have any progress to report with your Christmas planning? Will you need to mail any packages this year?