Hello, Monday. Wish you were still another day away, but, here you are.
The weekend was good! Looking at the calendar, this is the last weekend for a LONG time that I don’t have some sort of “bigger” event or other going on. Therefore, I really tried to take advantage of it and get some stuff done at home.
Holiday pre-planning…. and holiday stress
Specifically, I took a look at my “Christmas To Do List” and tried to make a rough blueprint of when/how all the inevitable tasks and events are going to fit in. It’s never too pretty. I feel pretty strongly that there is simply too much “holiday related stuff” to do in a short span of several weeks, but…. I also can never really think of things I want to drastically cut out, either.
I had the news on yesterday and I heard the news anchor talking about something holiday related, not sure what exactly, and she said something like, “If you’re looking for a way to beat all the holiday stress….”.
It made me pause to hear her so casually say “beat all the holiday stress“, as if the holiday season is something to be endured, or tolerated, or something to “get through”, instead of something to cherish and love and enjoy.
Hmm. I think about this every year, and I’ll admit I do usually end up feeling some holiday stress. It’s just a lot!! This is the one time of year I also often end up wishing I didn’t have to work (despite generally really enjoying being a working mom). I can’t help but feel like it would be SO MUCH EASIER to fit everything in (the decorating, shopping, wrapping, cards, etc…) if I had freer days that didn’t involve 8 hours of work!! But, that’s not happening, so, carrying on. Haha.
Weekend To Do List
I had 4 main things on my radar for this weekend:
- Change around my closet (summer clothes out/ winter clothes in. This should have happened sooner, but never did, and it’s supposed to snow this week. So this HAD to happen. Priority #1)
- Take down indoor Halloween decorations.
- Inventory Christmas lights situation- what still works/ what needs replacing, and buy!
- Order Christmas card.
Happy to report:
#1: The closet happened! It was quite the process. I’ll spare you the gory details, but my closet was a mess. My wardrobe is/was kind of a mess. Needed some serious attention to weed some things out, etc. I did a version of this during the summer, too, but it still needed more work. The main goal was to ONLY have things in there that I actually mostly like and that fit well.
#2: Halloween finally came down yesterday! Goodbye spider webs and pumpkins.
#3: And the Christmas lights situation was addressed. (This turned into a bit of a headache. All the lights were not in the same box in the garage, leading to lots of up and down the ladder with boxes to find what I wanted. Then, a huge majority of them didn’t work! (I know they did when I put them away last winter…). I ended up making this big master list of indoor vs outdoor needs, which prompted me to make a Google Doc so this will be better organized next year. I then had to run to both Target and Menards to re-stock, spending over $75 on new lights…. (also, not that simple- apparently November 13 is on the late side. Many lights were sold out already! Adding note to calendar to do this on like, November 1st next year….).
#4: Christmas cards did NOT happen. Not even close. Didn’t even pick photos. Oh well!
Bonus #5: But you know what did happen??? Something I’d NEVER done this early before, in my life…..
Yep, the CHRISTMAS TREE went up!! On November 13.
It’s a long story, but after perusing my calendar, I decided that our usual time to do the tree (weekend after Thanksgiving) looked a bit filled up already. Normally I decorate the rest of the house earlier in November, but save putting the tree up for after Thanksgiving.
However, I decided that this year (since we host Thanksgiving), I wanted to keep the kitchen/ dining area “Thanksgiving-y” looking- meaning no Christmas decorations out there.
Instead, I’ll use the weekend after Thanksgiving to decorate the rest of the house (and we also have some other plans). In an effort to make that weekend a bit less full, I decided we’d get the tree “out of the way” now.
(When I told Ivan I wanted to “get the tree out of the way” (I admit, that sounds really bad- totally not what I meant, exactly….), he responded, “Well, how about we just eat the turkey now too so we won’t have to worry about fitting that in on Thanksgiving Day???” HA. Touche. Such a FUNNY guy! 😉 )
We put on Xmas music and up it went! I can’t complain. I honestly love it. The longer, the better for me. 🥰
And some ornaments!
The kids absolutely adore unboxing the ornaments. They couldn’t wait. A majority were either purchased as souvenirs on vacation (I LOVE this tradition!!! It’s the best way to look back on where we’ve been, highly recommend) or represent their current interests (soccer, piano related, swim, etc.).
When we finished, we cleaned up and then all sat down, turned the fireplace on and I read several chapters out loud from The Day the World Came to Town.
Oh yeah, and this weekend we also went out to dinner both nights (NO cooking happened….oops.) We all went out for nachos Friday night:
And Saturday night Ivan and I went out alone, to a local place (literally, 2 blocks from home) that we had a gift card for. Pizza and wine and they had live music. So great, so relaxing.
I also took Ethan to a piano competition Saturday afternoon! He did amazing! Played soooo beautifully- honestly the best I’d ever heard him play the piece! NO mistakes. So proud of him. 🙂 I really, really wish he were a bit more “into” the piano, because he has such a beautiful touch on the piano. Sigh.
And we went to the mall afterwards! I returned something AND bought a dress for an upcoming work holiday party.
Yesterday Ivan took Ethan to a soccer tournament (last of the season) in Illinois, so they were gone from 8-3 or so. I was happy to have less people in the house so I could tackle the above projects. (I had Hallmark movies on while I puttered around the house… it was so peaceful.)
It was a full weekend. I probably just made everything sound super peachy and perfect. Sorry. It was and it wasn’t. It was mostly good, but there were also plenty of hiccups, too. (Those damn lights were so annoying! And I had a dilemma finding the dress I wanted in my size. And lugging the tree up and down and all the boxes was a big pain, too. And my closet clean-out made my head spin.)
But, I’m very happy to have made some good progress. I’m feeling a sense of “relief” right now.
Now, on to the week. Hope it’s a good one for you. ~One week til Thanksgiving already!
I am grateful that the kids still love to decorate the Christmas tree. 🙂