Christmas planning, for my own sanity

We are already 20 days out from Christmas.  I have most of my Christmas gifts finished already, but for some reason I’m still feeling disorganized at the moment.  Could be because we haven’t gotten a Christmas tree yet and the house is still partially decorated for Halloween.  All the Christmas presents are sitting on my dresser in the bedroom, waiting to be wrapped.

This week is going to be fairly busy.  Tonight, after tutoring, we’re going to focus on cleaning the house.  Tomorrow we’re going to see a movie at the Belcourt.  Wednesday is dinner with some friends.  Friday is a Seu Jorge concert at Marathon.  Thursday is looking like it’ll be the day for Christmas tree acquiring and decorating, then.  This weekend we need to do some shopping around for finishing touches to some presents, and I also do still need to make one or two presents.

Will need to devote the weekend after next to baking.  We’re going to Chattanooga for an early Lamb Christmas on the 23rd, and then to my parents’ for Christmas on the 25th — so I won’t have as much time as usual for baking.  May end up skipping the rugelach this year and just doing a couple of batches of babka, and some linzertorte perhaps.  Would be a shame to not make any linzertore for Christmas, after all.

So anyway.  One reason I’m glad that I’ve gotten such an early start on Christmas presents is that it ought to leave plenty of time for enjoying the Christmas tree without being surrounded by scraps of fabric and leather and a sewing machine.  If we put up the tree on the 8th, that will leave two weeks to enjoy it.  I almost want to blow off cleaning the house tonight in favor of getting a tree, but that’s  probably not a good idea.


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I'm a young, childless widow who is trying to figure out the best way to deal with the world in light of my late husband's suicide. It's harder than I ever imagined it would be, but somehow at the same time I am still alive and even happy sometimes.

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