I am thrilled to pieces because things are getting done! Maybe no one else is still on board; but for the first time ever, I really see a stress-free Christmas ahead of me. And the interesting thing is that I am actually having a great time. If I was sewing and crafting and deciding on presents two weeks before Christmas, I know I would not be feeling the holiday joy.

In the last two days I made 15 driftwood sailboats for a craft fair I am participating in, four pillowcases, lip balm, and a batch of soap. Today I will be taking the pillowcases to be monogrammed and picking up a few more supplies for boat decorating and wrapping. It seems that once I started the ball rolling, things just keep moving in the right direction.

A great tutorial for the pillowcases can be found here. They were so easy and fun, I am sure I will be making more. I can't wait to see them monogrammed!

Since I've dedicated October mainly to gift making and buying, the weekly goals are simple.

This week we will research what Christmas productions will be available to see in our area and buy tickets to any that we want to enjoy!

Kelly went online to order tickets to a nearby theater and found that some shows were already almost sold out! Have you always meant to buy tickets to a local attraction like the Biltmore or Dollywood (for those in my area)? Have you wanted to see the Rockettes?  How about The Best Christmas Pageant Ever or A Christmas Carol? I've been to all I've mentioned and highly recommend any of them!

If you research your local community theaters, you will see what they have planned for the holidays. And if you aren't into or able to go see something live, then at least schedule a time to watch an old classic with your family.

Some of our favorites:


Week One: Get Your Christmas On. We made our lists.

Bonus: How to Pick the Perfect Gifts for Everybody on Your List

Week Two: How to Work Those Lists Like a Boss. We bought or gathered supplies for our projects and started working our gift lists.

Bonus: Five Photography Must-Haves

Week Three: Season's Greetings. We scheduled our Christmas card photo shoots.

Week Four: It's a Wrap. We picked out our wrapping paper.

Week Five: Crafting. We got started on our Christmas crafts.

Week Six: Gift Making. We continued making and buying our gifts.