When the boys were young, we used a Countdown to Christmas calendar. It had a pocket for each day that held a strip of paper with an activity that would help us get ready for Christmas. Even though I haven't used that calendar for many years, I still like the concept of spreading out the holiday activities, and try to do one or two things every day to make the season less hectic.I don't work on Fridays, but the day is still quite structured...the morning and early afternoon are filled with meetings and errands and before I know it, it's time to start dinner. I enjoy all the projects and tasks, but even so it's great to change things up now and then. Today I got to do just that thanks to Mother Nature. Yesterday she delivered a sheet of ice that covered the roads and gave me a snow day, but also kept me housebound. None of the day's Christmas shopping and tasks got done. After I moved all those activities to today, along with the other items I'd planned on doing, my schedule was packed!
Before I went to bed last night, I decided that since I had to do all the things anyway, I'd make an event out of it. This morning I dressed in a Christmas sweatshirt, jeans, and boots. After breakfast I said goodbye to the cats and grabbed my list and an apple (for a mid-morning snack). I left the house at 8:15, the same time I'd leave for work. However, at the end of my street I turned the opposite direction and headed east. What a beautiful day! It cold, but the sun was shining. There was no ice on the roads, and the traffic jams I'd anticipated were a non-issue.
I knew what I needed to do at each stop, so I could move quickly. Most people I saw were in a festive mood, and I didn't let the few Grinches bother me. Four hours later, I'd made seven stops (including lunch), and I was shopped out and ready to go home. I wish I could say I'm finished with all I need to do for Christmas, but there's a few things still need to get done. However, thanks to my wonderful day today, the end is in sight.