11.27.2007

Lists and More Lists

For the past little while, I've been picking up this and that for Christmas and stashing it in our closet. Last night, I figured it was time to see exactly what was there and sort of catalogue the gifts I have bought. (it's amazing how quickly you forget something once it's buried in the closet!) I was pleasantly surprised at what I have already accomplished for Christmas, but after I made my list (and checked it twice!) I was somewhat dismayed at what still needs doing.

The good news is that Thanksgiving was early this year so there's still the rest of this week to do things even before December appears -- and with the tree up and the house decorated, I'm feeling like maybe I will have the time I need to get Christmas taken care of and also make sure Primary is organized for 2008, itself no small task.

On the upside also, we've now made it past our October/November celebration season (starting with Maya's birthday in early October, then Mark's, then Natalie's, then Chris and Tara's anniversary, then both Chris M. and Chris C.'s birthdays) and now I can focus on Christmas. (our anniversary is sandwiched in there too, on Dec. 21 but it usually gets overlooked as we're just plain too tired to care much by then!)

And Primary. It occurs to me that Primary is sort of like laundry -- it's the gift that keeps on giving. It's never far from my mind. But unlike laundry, for me it's never a chore. I love it.

More lists required!!

10 comments:

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

I loved reading your post this morning, Jan! I feel the same way! We have the Galbraith Family Christmas, THIS weekend! Talk about rushing into Christmas!! hahaha! But, I am really trying hard to just enjoy the Season this year! And I really appreciate the analogy on Primary....So true!

100 Percent Cottam said...

glad you're coming along well. according to my spreadsheet, i'm doing pretty well, too. at least most of my gifts that require mailing are almost done, and all of my angel tree and toy drives needs are taken care of.

Natalie Scott said...

I wish I could say I was on the ball with Christmas, but I'm not! I can never seem to find time to go shopping without my kids! I think I will do some of that today :o)

Jori said...

I love that list! That is hilarious.

Emily said...

Good luck. I wish Christmas could be enjoyed more with out the stress. Send the prozac my way, wiil ya?

Kristi said...

You really are on the ball, Jan! Man, the Fall is one busy time for your family. I have things stashed away for Christmas, too, and I'm hoping it's like yours where it is more than I realize or else I am in trouble!! :)

Anonymous said...

I have that EXACT same list for Christmas! :) You are totally awesome! I can't even tell you how great you are with the kids in primary! They can feel how much you love them, and they love you too!

PS-I'm not anonymous...for some stupid reason, it's not letting me comment, unless I am...

Steph

Wendy said...

I did the same thing this year. I bought presents all year long but I haven't gone through them yet! I think it's such a fabulous idea, except I get the 'buying fever' during this time of year!

Melissa said...

You are such a cutie Jan...if you find that holiday strength Prozac, send some my way!!

Tiburon said...

Gotta love the lists. And I hear you on the anniversary. Ours is December 20th and we are usually too busy to acknowledge it!