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Friday, October 31, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 11 - Camera Ready

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Get all those summer photos of vacations and pool time downloaded and off your digital camera to free up the memory for the upcoming school dances, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving feasts, and, of course, Christmas activities and Christmas day.

If you are using a 35mm camera then start buying rolls of film.

Christmas Tip of the Day #31

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Tell your children about Christmas when you were their age.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 10 - Shopping Budget

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Do you have a place where you keep the gifts you purchase all throughout the year? If you do, I bet you have items in there that are not assigned to anyone yet. I know I do. If this is the case with you, do what I do -- shop from within my home. What exactly does this mean? Before you purchase items at the store, evaluate all the items in your gift closet to see if there is someone on your gift list you can give that gift to. This will save you a trip out to the store, reduces the amount of items in your gift closet, and saves you money.

The sooner you mail packages the less money you will have to pay because you can use the longer shipping method.

Shop using the Internet, catalogs, &/or TV. In today's world you can buy everything from groceries to Christmas trees, from greenery to gifts via these methods. Shop early to avoid having to pay expedited shipping charges. Be sure to search out coupons, deals of the day, and sales to make your shopping dollar go even further.

November Celebrations

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November Monthly Celebrations
American Diabetes Month
American Heritage Month
American Indian Heritage Month
Anything Can Happen Month
Aviation Month
British Appreciation
Celebrate Empty Nester Month
Child Safety and Protection Month
Chrysanthemum Month
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Drum Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Family Stories Month
Freezing Weather Month
Good Nutrition Month
Hunger Awareness Month
I Am So Thankful Month
International Creative Child and Adult Month
International Drum (Percussion) Month
International Microfinance Month
Latin American Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
MADD's Tie One On for Safety Holiday Campaign
Military Family Appreciation Month
Model Railroad Month
Music Month
National Adoption Month
National AIDs Awareness Month
National Alzheimer's Disease Month
National American Indian Heritage Month
National Author's Day Month
National Christmas Seal Month
National COPD Awareness
National Diabetes Awareness Month
National Epilepsy Month
National Family Caregiver Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Georgia Pecan Month
National Healthy Skin Month
National Home Care & Hospice Month
National Hospice Month
National Impotency Month
National Inspirational Role Models Month
National Life Writing Month
National Marrow Awareness Month
National Model Railroad Month
National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
National Pepper Month
National Pomegranate Month
National Raisin Bread Month
National Red Ribbon Month
National Run Away Prevention Month
National Sleep Comfort Month
National Stamp Collecting
November Flower
Peanut Butter Lover's Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
Real Jewelry Month
Sleep Comfort Month
Vegan Month

November Weekly Celebrations
Autumn - Sept. 23- Dec. 21
Kids Goals Education Week - Week One
National Card & Letter Writing Week - Week One
National Chemistry Week - Week One
National Fig Week - Week One
National Health Information Week - Week One
National Split Pea Soup Week - Week One
Notary Public Week - Week One
Pursuit of Happiness Week - Week One
World Communication Week - Week One
American Education Week - Week Two
Dear Santa Letter Week - Nov. 5-9
French Conversation Week - Nov. 5-11
Kids' Goal Setting Week - Nov. 6-10
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week - Nov. 7-13
National Farm Week - Week Two
Nurse Practitioner Week - Nov. 5-11
Pursuit of Happiness Week: Nov. 8-14
Random Acts of Kindness Week - Week Two
World Kindness Week - Nov. 7-13
Children's Book Week - Nov. 13-19
Green Ribbon Awareness Week - Nov. 11-17
Home Care Aide Week - Nov. 13-19
National Bible Week - Week Three
National Children's Book Week - Week Three
National Farm-City Week - Nov. 17-23
National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week - Nov. 12-18
Operating Room Nurse Week - Week Three
2002 National Farm-City- Week Four
Better Conversation Week - Nov. 20-26
National Adoption Week - Week Four
National Bible Week - Nov. 19-26
National Cookie Week - Week Four
National Family Caregivers Week - Week Four
National Family Week - Nov. 19-25
National Game & Puzzle Week - Nov. 19-25
National Home Care Week - Week Four
Travelers with Disabilities Awareness Week - Nov. 26-Dec. 3

November Daily Celebrations
1- All Saints Day
1- Cake Appreciation Day
1- Cider Day
1- Day of the Dead
1- Electric Light Bulb Patented (1879)
1- Hello Kitty's Birthday
1- International Coaches Day
1- Kite Festival (Guatemala)
1- National Author's Day
1- National Family Literacy Day
1- No Driving with Cellphones Day (NYC Law 2001.)
1- Nutty Pecan Day
1- Play a Game of Chess Day
1- Snug Hugs For Kids Day
1- World Community Day
1- World Vegan Day
2- Admission Day (North Dakota)
2- All Souls' Day
2- Broadcast Radio's Birthday
2- Cookie Monster's Birthday
2- Daniel Boone's Birthday
2- Deviled Egg Day
2- Hug-A-Bear Sunday
2- National Deviled Egg Day
2- National Men Make Dinner Day
2- National Publishers Day
2- National Traffic Directors Day
2- Piggy Bank Day
2- Plan Your Epitaph Day
2- Practice Being Psychic Day
3- Celebration of Lights (Kentucky)
3- Cliché Day
3- Give Someone a Dollar Today Day
3- Housewife's Day
3- National Housewife's Day
3- Peanut Festival (Alabama)
3- Public Television Birthday (1969)
3- Sadie Hawkins Day
3- Sandwich Day
3- Tunnel Day
3- World Community Day
4- Book Lover's Day
4- Candy Day
4- Cash Register Birthday (1880)
4- Deer Festival (Georgia)
4- Drum, Dance & Pray for Peace Day
4- First Wagon Train reached California
4- Giant Omelette Celebration (Louisiana)
4- King Tut Day
4- Mule Day (Georgia)
4- National Candy Month
4- National Chicken Lady Day
4- Peanut Butter Lover's Day
4- Sadie Hawkins Day
5- Commercial TV Broadcast Day (1930)
5- Doughnut Day
5- Electric Shaver Birthday (1923)
5- FM Stereo Birthday (1933)
5- Full Moon Day
5- Guru Nanak's Birthday
5- Guy Fawkes Day (Canada)
5- Bonfire Night (Canada)
5- Hug-a-Bear Sunday
5- National Donut day
6- Basketball Day
6- Halfway Point of Autumn
6- I Love Nachos Day
6- International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
6- Marching Band Day
6- Peanut Butter Lover's Day
6- Saxophone Day
7- Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
7- Election Day
7- Hug-a-Bear Day
7- Little League Girls Day (In 1973, New Jersey became the first state to allow girls to play Little League baseball.)
7- Magazine Day
7- National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day
7- Notary Public Day
7- Republican Elephant Day
8- Abet and Aid Punsters Day
8- Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
8- Dunce Day
8- Harvey Wallbanger Day
8- I Hate to Cook Day
8- Mariachi Night (California)
8- National Parents As Teachers Day
8- Parents as Teachers Day
8- X-ray Day (The day X-ray was discovered.)
9- Christmas Stroll (Indiana)
9- Go To An Art Museum Today Day
9- Kristallnacht
9- Louie Louie Day
9- National Child Safety Council Birthday
9- National Scrapple Day
9- National Young Readers Day
9- Neon Sign Birthday (1911)
9- Parade Day
9- Return Day
9- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day
10- Area Codes Birthday (1951)
10- Forget Me Not Day
10- Headache Day
10- Kristallnacht
10- Marine Corps Birthday (1775)
10- Motorcycle Birthday (1885)
10- Toothpaste Day
10- USMC Birthday
10- Vanilla Cupcake Day
10-12- Great American Warm-up Days
10-12- National Donor Sabbath Days
11- Air Day
11- National Vanilla Cupcake Day
11- Ones Day
11- Remembrance Day (Canada)
11- Route 66 Birthday (1926)
11- Sesame Street Birthday (Debuted 1969.)
11- Sundae Day
11- Veteran's Day
11- Veterans Day Parade (Alabama)
12- Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
12- Festival of Trees (Virginia)
12- Happy Hour Birthday (1745)
12- I Need a Patch for That Day
12- Mellow Yellow Day
12- National Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day
12- National Sundae Day
12- Pizza But No Anchovies Day
12- Remembrance Sunday (UK)
12- Song of the South Birthday (1946)
12- The Birth of Bahaullah
13- Actor's Day
13- Artificial Snow Birthday (1946)
13- Fantasia Birthday (1940)
13- Gingerbread House Day
13- Holland Tunnel Birthday (1927)
13- National Community Education Day
13- National Indian Pudding Day
13- National Mom's and Dad's Day
13- Start-a-Rumor Day
13- World Kindness Day
14- Blood Transfusion Birthday (1666)
14- Guacamole Day
14- India Children's Day
14- Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
14- Moby Dick's Birthday (1851)
14- Monet Day
14- National American Teddy Bear Day
14- National Educational Support Personnel Day
14- National Young Reader's Day
14- Operation Room Nurse Day
14- Pickle Appreciation Day
14- Prince Charles' Birthday (1948)
14- School Pride Day
14- Spicey Guacamole Day
14- World Diabetes Day
15- America Recycles Day
15- American Enterprise Day
15- Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
15- George Spelvin Day
15- Godiva Chocolates in America Day (1966)
15- I Love to Write Day
15- Little Red Wagon Day
15- National Clean out your Refrigerator Day
15- National Educational Support Professionals Day
15- Nativity Fast
15- NBC Radio Birthday (1926)
15- Pack Your Mom's Lunch Day
15- Pikes Peak Day
15- Shichi-Go-San (Japan)
15- Unemployment Check Birthday (1939)
16- Button Day
16- Great American Smokeout
16- International Day for Tolerance
16- Luke and Laura's Wedding (Genera Hospital 1981.)
16- National Fast Food Day
16- National Great American Smoke Out Day
16- Touch-Tone Telephone Birthday (1963)
17- Birth of the Blues Day
17- Fast for a World Harvest Day
17- Homemade Bread Day
17- International Day for Tolerance
17- National Family Volunteer Day
17- National Farm Joke Day
17- Take a Hike Day
17- The Little Mermaid Day (1989)
17- World Peace Day
18- Buffalo on the Block Day
18- Calvin & Hobbes Birthdays (1985)
18- Festival of Lights (Louisiana)
18- Married to a Scorpio Support Day
18- Mickey Mouse's Birthday (1928)
18- Moms and Dads Day
18- Mother Goose Parade
18- National Family Volunteer Day
18- Push-button Phone Day
18- Superman Death Anniversary (1992)
18- Teddy Bear Birthday (1902)
18- William Tell Day
19- Doo Dah Parade (California)
19- Gettysburg Address Delivered (1863)
19- Have a Bad Day, Day
19- International Pickle Festival (New York)
19- Little Red-Haired Girl's Birthday (Peanuts Character 1961.)
19- National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
19- National Educational Support Personnel Day
19- Pencil Day
19- Play Monopoly Day
19- Pop Tarts Birthday (1965)
19- Remembrance Day
19- U.S. Marine Corps Day
20- Absurdity Day
20- African Industrialization Day
20- Air Your Dirty Laundry Day
20- Automatic Traffic Light Birthday (1923)
20- Future Teachers of America Day
20- Name Your PC Day
20- National Military Families Recognition Day
20- National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
20- Peanut Butter Fudge Day
20- Traffic Light Day
20- Transgender Day of Remembrance
20- Universal Children's Day
21- Human Cannonball Birthday (1871)
21- National Stuffing Day
21- Pumpkin Pie Day
21- Tweety Bird's Birthday
21- World Hello Day
21- World Television Day
22- Beauty and the Beast Birthday (1991)
22- Go For A Ride Day
22- Hockey Day
22- Humane Society Anniversary Day
22- Independence Day (Lebanon)
22- Nation of Islam Birthday (1930)
22- National Family Caregivers Day
22- Slumber Party Day
22- Start Your Own Country Day
22- Stop the Violence Day
22- Toy Story Birthday (1995)
22- What Do You Love About American Day
23- Birthday of the King of Horror
23- Color Photos Birthday (1863)
23- Eat a Cranberry Day
23- Jukebox Day
23- National Cashew Day
23- Pencil Sharpener Birthday (1897 )
23- Turkey Trot (Illinois)
24- Bible Sunday Day
24- Buy Nothing Day
24- Comedy Hall of Fame Birthday (1993)
24- D.B. Cooper Day
24- Death Comes to Sesame Street (In 1983, when the actor who played the kindly storekeeper Mr. Hooper on "Sesame Street" (Will Lee) died at age 74.)
24- Festival of Lights (Arizona)
24- Festival of Lights (Idaho)
24- Flossing Day
24- National Espresso Day
24- National Flossing Day
24- Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland (California)
24- Softball Birthday (1887)
24- Turkey Leftovers Day
24- What Do You Love About America Day
24- You're Welcome Day
25- Aladdin's Birthday 1992
25- Alascattalo Day (Alaska)
25- Blasé Day
25- Buy Nothing Day (UK)
25- Christmas Tree Lighting (Kansas)
25- Department of Homeland Security Birthday
25- Don't Utter a Word Days
25- International Aura Awareness
25- International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day
25- Lighted Christmas Parade (New Mexico)
25- National Parfait Day
25- Saint Catherine's Day
25- Shopping Reminder Day
26- Charles Schulz's Birthday (1922)
26- College Fraternity Day
26- First Official Thanksgiving Day (1789)
26- Good Grief Day
26- John F. Kennedy Day (Massachusetts)
26- National Cake Day
27- Electric Guitar Day
27- Freckly Pride Day
27- Leftovers Day
27- National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
27- Pie-In-The-Face Day
27- Pins and Needles Day
27- Shakespeare's Wedding Day (1582)
27- Thanksgiving Day
27- Turtle Adoption Day
28- Auto Race Day
28- Black Friday
28- Camera Day
28- Mark Twain's Birthday (1835)
28- National French Toast Day
28- Red Planet Day
28- Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Day
28- Skywriting Birthday (1922)
28- Throw Out Your Leftovers Day
29- Electronic Greetings Day
29- International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People
29- King Tut's Tomb Opened (1922)
29- National Chocolates Day
29- Newspaper Day
29- Square Dance Day
30- Clear Up the Clutter Day
30- Computer Security Day
30- Day of Friendship
30- Independence Day (Barbados)
30- National Mousse Day
30- Perpetual Youth Day (Dick Clark's Birthday)
30- Pirates in Paradise Festival (Florida)
30- St. Andrew's Day
30- Stay at Home Because You're Well Day

Christmas Tip of the Day #30

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Start a special collection, such as ornaments or a nativity set, for each of your children. Add a new item each Christmas.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 9 - General Budgeting

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As the economy gets more uncertain everyday some may be dreading Christmas because of what you feel you cannot do because of money issues. Money does not equal a merry Christmas. Having a merry Christmas comes from within . . . Christmas is a time about sharing love and time with family and friends and there are many ways to reduce the cost of the holiday season.

Budget is a word many people want to forget at Christmas-time, but it is an important part of our holiday celebration.

To come up with a realistic figure to work with for holiday shopping this year, crunch your numbers. Be realistic about the amount. Dave Ramsey recommends a plan that I have adapted where you write down all the different things you need to purchase for the Christmas season. Examples may include baking ingredients, photographs, activities, charity donations, church donations, clothing, hostess gifts, decorations, postage,
Christmas cards, and gifts. Add any items items you normally spend money on during the holidays.

Gifts need a sheet all to itself. On your this page, break down the types of
gifts you give, such as, gifts for home, gifts for immediate family outside of home, gifts for extended family, stocking gifts, gifts for friends, gifts for teachers, gifts for church family, etc. This will help give you an idea of everyone you would like to give gifts so you can judge whom to cross off the gift list when money gets tight.

Now that you have your categories, divide up the amount of money you have to spend on Christmas and budget each section out. Your total budget has to match the CASH you have on hand.

Remember that you do not have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful Christmas season— gifts come in many forms throughout the season.

Christmas Tip of the Day #29

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Go outside and make snow angels with the kids.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 8 - Activity and Event Planning

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Get out the calendar and look ahead to all the upcoming events and parties you will be attending.

Make a list of all of the places you are going, especially those places where you'll be expected to bring a dish. List each dish you will be making and gather all of the ingredients. Do you have everything you need? Do the shopping now (or schedule it now) for the missing ingredients so won't have to rush out at the last minute.

Are you hosting an event this year . . . a cookie exchange, an open house, a dinner? Plan your menu. Schedule your shopping, crafting, cooking, and baking days.

Remember no matter how big or small the activity or event mark it down on your calendar.

Activities play an important part of most people's holiday celebrations and traditions. In your Christmas Notebook, journal about the following:

  1. Write down all the holiday activities you and your family did last year. Be sure to include church, school, community, and family activities.
  2. What activities are a must for our family every year?
  3. Are there new activities that I would really like to do this year?
  4. Ask every member of your immediate family what their three favorite activities are during the Christmas season and write it in your notebook. Incorporate at least one thing from everyone's list into your holiday planning. Remember this is their Christmas too!
  5. What things from your childhood do you remember doing? Is this something you could do today?

These questions will help determine what activities to add to your calendar for this Christmas season.

Some ideas for activities at home:
Christmas Parties
Cookie Baking Night
Cookie Exchange
Movie Night
Gift Wrapping Night
Dinner with the Family
Christmas Pictures at Your House
Happy Birthday Jesus Party
Christmas Open House
Advent Activities
Pot Luck Christmas Meal
Christmas Caroling
Plus many more . . .

Christmas Tip of the Day #28

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Record a cheerful Christmas greeting for your answering machine/voice mail.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 7 - Cards, Cards, Cards

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Make your card list, including friends, family, colleagues, children's friends, church family, teachers, school staff, children's classmates, online groups, mailman, hair dresser, sorority sisters, high school friends, neighbors, -- all those people who you want to keep in touch with. Complete your list as thoroughly as you can.

Next, rate the people on your card list:
A = have to send
B = want to send
C = would like to send

Then, go around your house with a basket and gather up all of your address books, old Christmas card envelopes, scraps of paper, etc., to get the addresses for your cards. Transfer the updated addresses to your address system (whether it be a computer address book, file cards, or hand-written address book).

When making or addressing your cards you will start with group A. If you have time during the Christmas season, then move on to group B and then group C.

If you decide to hand-make your cards, create a card now to see how time-consuming the individual cards are and to see if you have the supplies you need. If you are buying your cards, purchase them this week.

If creating your own cards, determine how many you need (see above) and what date you want to have all your cards mailed. Remember that cards going overseas need mailed 1 to 2 weeks earlier to arrive in time for Christmas. Divide the number of cards needed by how many weeks are left (depending on your own personal due date). For example, if mailing on December 6th you have 4 weeks (from today) to create your cards, so each week you should be creating 50 cards if you are mailing 200 cards total. This means each day you should create 7-8 cards.

Use the same formula above to determine how many cards need addressed and stamped each day.

Christmas Tip of the Day #27

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Learn to say Merry Christmas in several languages.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Christmas Thought of the Day - 10/26/08

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Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.
~~ George F. McDougall ~~

Christmas Superstitions

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Christmas is related to the birth of Christ and Christianity. But many of the Christmas traditions have pagan origins. Thus, it has many superstitions and religious beliefs that are used for divination and future predictions related to it. Many things and activities are classified as good omens and ill omens for the coming year on this day. Here are some of the more common superstitions for you.

To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve.

Eat plum pudding on Christmas Day to avoid losing a friend before next Christmas.

It is bad luck to let any fire go out in your house during the Christmas season. The fire in your fireplace must continue to burn for the twelve days of Christmas.

On Christmas Eve all animals can speak. However, it is bad luck to test this superstition.

Wearing new shoes on Christmas Day will bring bad luck.

Place soes side by side on Christmas Eve to prevent a family quarrel.

A blowing wind on Christmas Day brings good luck.

The weather on each of the twelve days of Christmas signifies what the weather will be on the appropriate month of the coming year.

In the Netherlands,
they take a fir stick and thrust it into the fire and let it burn partially. They put it under the bed. This serves as lightening protection.

Nothing sown on Christmas Eve will perish, even if the seed is sown in the snow.

A loaf of bread left on the table after Christmas Eve dinner will ensure no lack of bread for the next year.If you refuse mince pie at Christmas dinner, you will have bad luck for a year.

In Greece,
you should burn your old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.

Place a branch of a cherry tree in water at the beginning of advent. It will bring luck if it flowers by Christmas.

Kreative Blog

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Carrie at Oak Rise Cottage has given me the Kreative Blog award.

Thanks, Carrie, so much for the surprise and honor.

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 6 - December Dinners

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Whether you choose to eat out a different restaurant every night in December, a sit down meal each night or something in between, it is important to plan. During this holiday season, you will need to come up with between 30 and 37 different meals. It does not mean it has to be meals that you cook yourself. You do need to list what is for dinner each night on your calendar, whether you go out to eat or dine in.

Personally, I like to do batch cooking in order to prepare myself for the Christmas season. Beginning in the fall, I double dinner for a month or so in order to fill up my freezer. Then I have all my meals planned out so I am not slaving away in the kitchen while everyone else watches the beginning to my favorite Christmas movie(s). Not only does planning your meals save you time cooking but also can help you save money.

Some great sites for freezer cooking/batch cooking information and recipes:
Ellen's Kitchen - http://www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/index.html
Feed the Freezer - http://organizedhome.com/freezer-cooking-guide
Robbyn's Friendly Freezer - http://snider.mardox.com/OAMC.htm
Small Notebook - http://smallnotebook.org/2008/08/08/batch-cooking-a-collection-of-tips/
Wise Bread - http://www.wisebread.com/assembly-cooking-for-newbies

Christmas Tip of the Day #26

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Ask for a gift box for each gift you buy.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Christmas Thought of the Day - 10/25/08

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And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
~~ The Grinch, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas ~~

Christmas Movies

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Need a definition of what Christmas is?
Want to understand the philosophical meaning of Christmas?
Need to know what Christmas is all about?

Check out these meditative, inspiring short movies.

This is one very profound "Silent Night."

This one is about reflecting upon the "Christmas Season."

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 5- Start Planning

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Start to get an idea for what you need. Look at your budget. Do you need ideas for presents? Do you need ideas for cards and tags or do you have the perfect one ready to make?

Write up the gift list. Write every family, friend, colleague, group you purchase for. This includes your children, spouse, children's class mates, swaps, etc. Write down any ideas you have for gifts. If you have already bought gifts get them written down in your notebook now.

If creating your own wrapping paper, get the all the supplies bought such as ribbon/twine, Kraft paper, stamps, stickers, etc.

If creating your own cards and tags, get all the supplies bought such as cardstock, stickers, embellishments, stamps, ink, etc.

Christmas Tip of the Day #25

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Help an elderly or disabled neighbor decorate his/her home.

Name That Christmas Tune

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These are all Christmas songs. The clues are the first letters of each word in the title of the song.

Post your answers on your blog then share the link below via Mr. Linky.

Everyone who gets all the correct song titles will have their name entered for a small Christmas goodie package.

  1. GRYMG
  2. WTK
  3. TFN
  4. TLDB
  5. SN
  7. JTTW
  8. WCIT
  9. OLTOB
  10. OHN
  11. AWHHOH
  12. AIAM
  13. ICUAMC
  14. DTH
  15. WWYAMC
  16. OCAYF
  17. SB
  18. JB
  19. HTHAS
  20. AF
  22. TTDOC
  23. IDOAWC
  24. TCS
  25. OT
  26. HYAMLC
  28. IBHFC
  29. WC
  30. SCICTT
  31. WW
  32. ISMKSC
  33. RTRNR
  35. HCSC
  36. JBR
  37. RATCT
  38. COTB
  39. HWCAC
  40. GKW
  41. OCOCE
  42. GTIOTM
  43. HAHJC
  44. FTS
  45. FN
  46. IGNFC
  47. IWAHFC
  48. WAYC
  49. MGUCL
  50. WC

The answers will be shared later this week.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 4 - Create Christmas Calendar

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Your Christmas Calendar will serve as your road map for the upcoming season. Add the calendar pages to your Christmas Notebook.

The calendar is one of the most important aspects of holiday planning. There are many Internet sites (see bottom of post) that have free calendar programs where you can print customized calendars. Or you can create your own calendar. Make the squares for each day are big enough to add comments and events.

Print out a monthly calendar for each month, October through January. Its easier if you do one month per page so you have lots of writing room. What kind of grid/calendar you use is based solely on personal preference.

Input birthdays, anniversaries, school events, lay-a-way payment due dates, holiday break for the kids, parties you plan on attending, the date of the annual Open House, the date of the Cookie Exchange, and days off from work.

You need to schedule time on your calendar to work on projects. Make a list of all the things that need to be done during the Christmas season and make sure they get a date on your calendar not only to work on it but also for completion. Mark the due date for these projects. Add baking time, crafting time, and shopping time. Don't forget to add time for wrapping gifts because that is a big project. Other projects may include decorating your tree, making and mailing Christmas cards, mailing Christmas packages, due date for the Angel Tree gifts, getting annual Christmas photographs taken, etc.

There is one thing you should not over look in order to help your stress during this Christmas season - you must actually do what is on your calendar! Even by accomplishing one or two of your tasks on your calendar will help lessen the stress of the holiday.

Below are various free printable calendar pages: http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/calendars/a/122900a.htm

Christmas Tip of the Day #24

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Enjoy a meal or two illuminated only by the lights of the Christmas tree.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 3 - Create Christmas Organization Notebook

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A Christmas Organization Notebook is a necessary item so you have a blue print of your holiday plans, goals, and dreams all together at your fingertips.

A Christmas Organization Notebook can be whatever kind of notebook you would prefer. Ideas include index card file box, recipe file box, file box w/ folders, magazine holder w/ folders, 3-ring binder, "old-fashioned school" notebook, composition book, or a portfolio. I like a 3-ring binder because I can easily add papers and items as needed.

Your Christmas Notebook is the backbone of your organization for the holiday season.

It is highly recommend that you use both your computer and a three ring binder to create your notebook. Use the computer to sort through your ideas, lists, etc., and then print them out and put the pages into your binder.

Everyone's notebook will be different because everyone has their own traditions and celebrations during the holiday season. What I share is based on using a 3-ring binder because that is what I use. Use what works for you.

Things needed for your notebook:
3-ring binder
3 hole punch
Dividers with tabs
Pockets/page protectors/envelopes for loose items such as receipts
Notebook paper
Zippered pouch/page protector to hold pens, pencils and other loose items Calendar

Label the dividers. Your list may look like this. Make the dividers to fit your needs.
  • Gifts - gift lists
  • Cards - annual card mailing list, copy of cards sent each year
  • Decorations - blue prints of each room so you can plan where to put each tree
  • Calendar - mark parties planning on attending, schedule baking and crafting times
  • Menu - what are you cooking for Thanksgiving, what snacks will you have for the annual Open House
  • Kids Activities
  • Shopping Lists
  • Inventory - where are all the decorations stored

Christmas Tip of the Day #23

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Take photographs after you have finished decorating your home. This will provide you with a visual reminder to help you decorate your home next year. It will also be fun photographs to look at later.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #22

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Buy more scotch tape and wrapping paper than you think you will need.

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 2 - Create Christmas Organization Center

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There are several ways to create your center and numerous items to put into your center. Everyone must customize their center to what suits your needs. The supplies to keep in your center should be unique to you and your planning goals.

A "center" can be a basket, magazine holder, corner of the kitchen counter, corner of the desk, part of the shelf on the bookshelf, in the cabinet under the TV, the kitchen drawer . . . wherever you want to put your center.

Step 1:
Gather the supplies you will need for your Christmas Center. Most people will include the following items in their center:

  1. Christmas Handbook (more about this tomorrow).
  2. Writing supplies - pen, pencil, highlighter, sticky notes, page markers, etc. You won't have to to hunt for them later when you need them.
  3. Books and magazines - books that you want to go through to see/to find projects or recipes you can use for your holiday planning this year.
  4. Current projects, whether you are working on addressing Christmas Cards or crocheting a dishrag or scrapbooking a mini album or painting ornaments, keep it in your center so you can work on the projects whenever you have a few minutes to work on it.

Step 2:
Decide whether your center needs to be portable or not. If you want it to be portable, find a basket, crate, tote bag, etc., that will hold all your items in it. You now have a portable Christmas Organizing Center.

Step 3:
Now add those extra touches to your center -- a Christmas candle, some candy canes, Christmas CD, pictures of your family at Christmas, a Bible, etc. -- to personalize your center.

13 Days of Halloween

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Check out my 365 Days of Memories blog for a countdown to Halloween using vintage Halloween postcards.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 1 - Get Ideas

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Let's start your journey to a more organized Christmas . . .

There are many links found throughout the Internet for getting organized for Christmas. Here are some links to surf to jumpstart your creativity.

Celebrating Christmas

Christmas Countdown

Christmas Organizing

Holiday Countdown

Holiday Grand Plan

Organized Christmas

Rudolph Club

Check the links, do your own online search, and get some ideas. Don't worry about doing anything beyond getting ideas and thinking about your goals for this Christmas season.

I, personally, have altered several of the plans (mentioned above) together to make a plan that works for me. The goal is to modify and adjust the plan to fit YOU.

Christmas Tip of the Day #21

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Volunteer as a family to work in a soup kitchen or homeless shelter during the holiday season.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas

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Welcome to the 2008 Get Organized Now for Christmas. Each weekday, for the next 25 days, you will receive one task with one step to help you prepare for Christmas 2008.

Are you new to the idea of getting organized for Christmas? Have you put things off and need to get on track for this Christmas? This is not a Christmas countdown to Christmas day but rather an express plan to go over the 25 main steps of Christmas organizing to help you to have an organized Christmas season.

The Get Organized Now for Christmas plan is designed to in late October and continue for 25 days. This plan will allow you to enjoy the Christmas season.

Christmas Tip of the Day #20

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Before going to bed every night of the Christmas season, ask yourself "Whose life did I make brighter today?"

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #19

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Don't wait until Christmas Eve to wrap gifts. Wrap the gifts as you purchase them.

Christmas Thought of the Day - 10/19/08

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As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.
~~ Donald Westlake ~~

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #18

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Check for loose or burned out bulbs BEFORE you put the strands of lights on the tree.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #17

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Personalize your Christmas cards &/or letters with a short handwritten note.

Christmas Thought of the Day - 10/17/08

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Christmas is the time to remember that we are all in the world together.
~~ Author Unknown ~~

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #16

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Instead of the usual bedtime stories, read about Christmas customs in other countries.

Christmas Thought of the Day - 10/16/08

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Someday you're going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.
~~ Fred Gailey, Miracle on 34th Street 1947 ~~

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #15

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Tie jingle bells on your children's shoelaces.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Christmas Thought of the Day - 10/14/08

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Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.
~~ Hugh Downs, American newscaster ~~

Christmas Tip of the Day #14

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Try one new decorating idea this year.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Christmas Thought of the Day - 10/13/08

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Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.
~~ Bing Crosby (1904-1977), American singer and film actor ~~

Christmas Tip of the Day #13

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Choose a Christmas tree that is a little too big for the room.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 23

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E is for Elves by Karen

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #12

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Purchase a special Christmas sweater/shirt and wear it often.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 22

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C is for Candy by Karen

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Christmas Thought of the Day - 10/11/08

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This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.
~~ Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985), English novelist ~~

Christmas Tip of the Day #11

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Rent a Santa Claus suit or an elf suit. Put in on during your lunch break and hand out candy canes to everyone in the office.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 21

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X is for Christ by Karen

Friday, October 10, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #10

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Hang a favorite Christmas tree ornament from your vehicle's rear view mirror.

Christmas Thought of the Day - 10/10/08

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Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.
~~ Peg Bracken ~~

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 20

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Piedmont Holiday by Barbara

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fall Decorating

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Check out my fall decorating at my All Things Cherished blog.

Christmas Tip of the Day #9

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Wear a smile and a Santa hat when you walk through the mall/ shopping center.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 19

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People & Places by Barbara

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #8

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Be nice to sales personnel. They are often wearier than you are.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 18

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Purple & Silver Tree by Kirsty

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #7

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Adopt a needy family for the holidays. Let members of your family buy/select a present for the person closest to their own age.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 17

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Passion for Poinsettias by Barbara

Monday, October 6, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #6

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Never select a "live" Christmas tree after dark.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 16

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Lavendar Luxury by Barbara

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #5

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Take a basket of Christmas goodies to a grumpy neighbor.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 15

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Tuscan Treasures by Barbara

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #4

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Plae your children's stuffed animals under the tree as a welcoming committee for Santa.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 14

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Rudolph by Karen

Friday, October 3, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #3

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Don't count calories from December 1 through January 2nd.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 13

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Gingerbread Tree by Karen

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day #2

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Make an effort to attend every Christmas party you are invited to, even if you can only stay a few mintues.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 12

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Gifts of the Season by Barbara

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Christmas Tip of the Day

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Be the first to wish everyone you meet -- the postal service worker, the grocery store clerk, the librarian, the taxi driver, you get the idea -- a Merry Christmas.

25 Days of Friend's Christmas Trees - Day 11

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Father Christmas by Barbara