Even though I am retired, I find that if I make out a Christmas list, things go smoother. This is not a gift list. It is more like a calender on an index card. I then place it in my wallet. A Christmas holiday list keeps me on track for getting the important things done in an expedient way.
November 26 Black Friday (A unique day that requires extra planning.)
November 27 Unload Christmas trees for my Kiwanis club to sell..Noon
November 28 Our Tree goes up. Have snacks for our two grandsons, that help.
November 29 Cyber Monday. Search the web for deals.
November 30 Payday from the college and retirement.
December 3-5 Possible shopping days. Check papers for coupons.
December 6 Kiwanis meeting
December 7 My Birthday. The big 62 this year. Early SS retirement? Nawwww
December 8-10 Final Evaluations for my student teachers.
December 10 Open House Christmas Party at the college.
December 10 -11 Possible shopping days
December 12 Christmas Walk in nearby town and holiday concert.
December 15 Final Payment from the college for 2010
December 16 Keep the score book for our Girls High School Basketball team.
December 17 Kiwanis Holiday Party 6:30 Take two table center pieces.
December 18 Kiwanis Santa for Seniors; Deliver small holiday bags to shut in Seniors.
December 18 Brother in Laws Christmas 7 pm
December 19 Father in Laws Christmas
December 20-23 Clean the house thoroughly.
December 23 NHL Hockey Detroit and the Blues 7pm
December 24 Usher at Zion Lutheran’s Children Service 7 pm.
December 24 Snack and Drink Get together at Father in Laws home. 9 pm.
December 25 Family gathers for breakfast here 9 am; Gifts handed out.
December 25 Quiet time with my wife 7pm till ?
December 27-29 High School Basketball Tournament in Collinsville and Carlinville.
December 31 Babysit with two grandsons here over night-er.
January 1 My day for football and snacks. Ham and Beans for Dinner.
This gives you an idea of how to stay on top of things, when things get hectic. From time to time, I might have to add or subtract something that might comes up. I sometimes write family events in red. Happy holidays!