January is a good month for planning Christmas. Afterall, I have nearly 12 months! Since I am always less rushed in January than in December, it is a good time to invest in the new year's holiday season.
It also is a good time to deal with things I didn't do last year. This precious thing was in a craft area, waiting to be glued, for over a year. He wasn't displayed this year, but is ready for next year! Why did I put off something that took less than five minutes to do?
As I am putting away decorations I am either fixing, or putting them in a small pile to make sure I fix before December. I also sorted a lot of things into clear bags, so that like ornaments and decorations were together.
I bought Christmas cards for pictures on clearance at Joann's for $.50. The boxed cards were 50% at Target. I am really redeeming myself, because I didn't even get cards out this year. I was so excited, I almost put on address labels. Maybe I'll just start nagging the family now about getting together for that traditional family photo shoot they all hate.
I also leave one of the old broken ones near the trapdoor in the attic for things "too late to classify." It always seems that I forget a few things and I don't always want to go up and shuffle all the boxes to put each item in the right spot. I am a type A that has learned to also be a type B. I can't do it all and I can't do it perfectly. I've learned to live with pretty good. I was a little annoyed that my new containers didn't match my old ones but I kept reminding myself, "they're going in the attic, it really doesn't matter." Anybody else that obsessive?
I haven't taken the tree down yet, because I have vowed to not take it down until I get a nice picture of each kid in front of the tree.
Maybe I should take the individual pics of each kid AND the family picture for Christmas 2010...