|It's beginning to look a lot like..chaos!|
So this year, I've decided to cheat at the whole decking the halls and all that holly, jolly stuff. Here is my checklist of ten things we are going to get done and then I am calling it good. I promise (yeah right!) that next year I will do better. Next year call me Martha S. because it is ON!
1) Bake Cookies.
You HAVE to bake cookies for Christmas, HAVE to. But ummm..when I say "bake" I use that term loosely. A box of store bought shortbread cookies and boxed icing totally counts. ;) Or if you're feeling REALLY keen, try this recipe...it's a winner. (Tip: Read the reviews, they'll help).
2) The MiniVan Express
Does sitting my kids out in the driveway to look at our own lights count? No, oh, ok. This I can do. Fake tickets. If necessary drive through McDs for hot chocolate (watch out, I've heard it's actually hot!) and maybe a donut or two if I don't have time to make something. Easy.
3) Elf on the Shelf
One year when I am a cool mum I will do all the fun stuff I see all over Facebook and Pinterest of the Elf getting up to mischief around the house but this year the princesses are just content to find "her" in different locations around the house. Did you know that there are 24 days before Christmas in December and did you know you run out of hiding places after about day 7. Seriously.
4) A Giant Colouring Christmas Tree
5) Visit Santa.
Do this on the cheap, do not be suckered into buying the mall Christmas photos. If necessary buy one of those long range telescopic lense things. Yes they're more expensive but it's the principle! Or find a Bass Pro Shop, they're free there ;)
6) Read the Night Before Christmas
In your best British accent. It's more fun that way. Trust me.
7) Read the Story of Jesus' Birth
Just because that one never really gets old :)
8) Take a Family Photo in Front of the Christmas Tree
It's a team building exercise for you and your spouse. If you can survive that you can survive anything. You get extra points if you have pets.
9) Make a Gingerbread House
Every year I've wanted to do one but never got around to it. Walmart sells a kit so this year, no excuses.
10) Have your Husband Make a Christmas CD
Then proceed to mock every song and replace words with very similar words until he is also singing the wrong words. Good times.
And that's it. Memories will be made. Fun will be had by all. Next year, I will do better.
Merry Christmas to all...and I hope you survive it.