As of today, there are 8 weeks (and a half) until Christmas morning. People that is not a lot of time! And because I am nothing if not a thief, I am totally cribbing African Kelli’s Christmas plan and making it my own!
Thanks to folks placing orders left and right in the shop, I know I’ll be spending much of my time filling orders over the next eight weeks. I don’t want that to get in the way of our family’s holiday time though. And I definitely don’t want to be the crazy lady trying to address Christmas cards on the 18th, praying they get to everyone by the 25th.
So a list, broken down by week. Kelli gives herself an hour a day for holiday stuff – I like the way she thinks, but also know I may not have that every day. So some days I’ll be doing smaller tasks, and many days I’ll be pulling my hair out that I didn’t do anything at all!
- Wrap presents as I find or finish them. Tag them and set on shelves in our bedroom closet so they can be placed under the tree in early December.
- Listen to tons of Christmas music.
- Take pictures of everything. Post-date posts for the blog about knitted presents, so I can share them after folks have received them.
- Shop orders.
Week 1 (October 29):
Get the gift list spreadsheet going. Fill out with all handmade presents.(done 10/29)
- List out necessary supplies for presents, and use from stash as much as possible. Separate supplies into bags – one for each present – so I can have everything I need for that present ready to get worked on.
- Try to get a cute photo of the three of us for holiday cards.
- Knit one dark blue hat for post office guys.
- Work on pop-up shop hats.
Week 2 (November 5):
- Update gift spreadsheet if I’ve found “the perfect present” for anyone.
- Wrap any knitting I’ve managed to finish, tag it, and set it aside.
- Try (again) to get a cute photo of the three of us for holiday cards.
- Post to blog and shop the official holiday shop timeline – make sure I tell folks what the last day is for ordering something to get it before Christmas.
- Knit second dark blue hat for post office guys.
- Work on pop-up shop hats.
Week 3 (November 12):
- Try one last time to get a cute photo of the three of us for holiday cards. If that fails, use one of the thousand cute photos I have of Owen and call it good.
- Order Christmas cards.
- Begin working on international gifts.
- Drop off stuff for pop-up shop.
- Knit third dark blue hat for post office guys.
Week 4 (November 19):
- Pick up holiday themed stamps at the post office.
- Drop off cookies and hand knits to post office employees. They’ll need the cheer in the coming weeks.
- Address and stamp all Christmas cards.
- Finish knitting international gifts.
Week 5 (November 26):
- Mail all Christmas cards.
- Decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving.
- Assess holiday decorations, and make a list of what you can pick up this year.
- Mail international gifts.
- Find child-care for the birthday party extravaganza.
- Begin Handmade Holidays posting as I have time/projects.
Week 6 (December 3):
- Figure out holiday party schedule (if there is one) and coordinate child care where necessary.
- Mail gifts that can’t be hand delivered.
- Finish Zach’s sweater.
- Finish Wendy’s birthday present.
- Find a cute outfit for the birthday party.
Week 7 (December 10):
- Make presents for Devine side and set aside for Xmas Eve party.
- Stress out that I haven’t made any of the handmade gifts on my list, so start them now.
- Enjoy Zach and Wendell’s birthday party!
- Handmade craft with Owen #1.
- Handmade craft with Owen #2.
Week 8 (December 17):
- Baked goods for the house, neighbors, and family.
- Start a list of thing we’ve received for sending out thank you cards between Christmas and New Year.
- Handmade craft with Owen #3.
- Handmade craft with Owen #4.
Have you started thinking about the holidays yet?