Link Love: 12.23.14

Here are some holiday traditions that you can start or just learn about. 🙂

In Celebration Of Sant Nicholas Day! | GardenMama

Cookie Decorating Party | Paper Oranges

Sexy Stocking | The Dating Divas

Rice Krispie Houses | The Chaos and The Clutter

After this year’s gingerbread house disaster, lol, I think we will try this new tradition next year.

Tips for a Tree Decorating Family Night | Fleece Fun

10 Peculiar Holiday Traditions You May Not Know About | BuzzFeed

 

Holidays Week 9…and 10 & 11

or you could call it "Lyn wanted a day to just ramble"

As you may recall, I made a Holiday Planner and each week I have given myself a short to-do list to complete.

Here is a review of last week’s list:

Sammy’s birthday present came in just time for me to give it to him on his actual birthday. He was too busy to celebrate on the day of, so the family got together Saturday to go out to eat. We had a good time.

My Kringle gifts are so ready to go, it’s great.

Stockings are hung and have little treats in them!

All MY gifts are wrapped and under the tree! TGF still has to do almost ALL his shopping, heh.

I had also added two more “to-dos” on my list: bake cookies to mail and mail all my packages. I did both without a hitch.

Here’s what’s up for this week:

  • Last minute gift shopping
  • Holiday Baking
  • Finish wrapping
  • And I added Complete making gifts

Aside from the baking, the rest are pretty much done. I do have to put labels on my office gifts and the cookie gifts once they are baked, but that’s it.

I’ll probably help TGF wrap gifts.

Oh goodness. Making gifts. I need to sit down and do this. :/

I’ll be taking off from the blogging for the holidays, so I’m going to go over Week’s 10 & 11 today too.

To-do for Week #10:

  • Prepare office party dish (I have NO IDEA what I’m going to bring)
  • Record office gifts for Thank You cards (next Monday I’ll be getting gifts, pretty self explanatory)
  • Write Thank You cards (after the 25th, of course)
  • Make New Year’s Eve plans (probably won’t have any “real” plans beyond ringing in the NY with TGF)
  • I’ll also be hosting Annie’s bachelorette party during this week!

To-do for Week #11:

  • New Year’s (see above)
  • Pack for wedding (Annie’s getting married!)
  • Take down Yule decorations (um…I don’t have high hopes for this ACTUALLY happening)

Holidays Week 7

or you could call it "Lyn wanted a day to just ramble"

As you may recall, I made a Holiday Planner and each week I have given myself a short to-do list to complete.

Here is a review of last week’s list:

I mailed my x-mas cards! Yes! Well, all the ones that won’t be accomponied by a present (those are going out a little later).

I technically didn’t finish my gift shopping, but it’s is very tiny things that I still need to get and so I’m considering this done and move the “left overs” to go with my “stocking stuffer shopping” that’s coming up in a couple of weeks.

I SERIOUSLY underestimated my “lazy” with the handmade gift deadline. I made a note to move that to Week #9 for next year.

“Schedule Holiday Events”…I have no freakin’ clue what “events” I was thinking of when I made this to-do item. So, it is going bye-bye for next year. Maybe I thought I’d be invited to more parties? Because I have been invited to so many in the past (read: none; I’ve been invited to no parties in the past)?

I’ve only recieved one holiday card so far, but I’m decided to make a card tree on the wall by the actual tree. 🙂

Decorating is done! Yes!

Here’s what’s up for this week:

  • Schedule gift exchanges
  • Start wrapping gifts
  • Prepare generic Kringle gifts

I think that “gift exchange” is going to go the way of the “holiday events” thing. Seriously, aside from talking to my mom and brother about when we are getting together Christmas evening, I don’t know what more “scheduling” I need to do.

I am SUPER EXCITED to start wrapping all the gifts hiding in the closet! I can’t wait to see my tree with a bunch of gifts under it (so the cats can eat them!)

I’m so ahead of the Kringle game, it isn’t even funny (my office’s version of “Secret Santa” is called “Kringling”).

Hope you are doing well with your Holiday planning!

Holidays Week 2

or you could call it "Lyn wanted a day to just ramble"

As you may recall, I made a Holiday Planner and each week I have given myself a short to-do list to complete.

Here is a review of last week’s list:

I was mostly successful for week one! I started my lists, got the Halloween decorating done (except for one pumpkin that never got finished–looking at you TGF) and it wasn’t stressful at all.

I have most of my card list done. Everyone I thought of to send a card to is on it and I have most their addresses.

I have the gift ideas list going strong (mostly done).

Didn’t really declutter because the only Halloween decorations we put up were our pumpkins and the Who Dat besom (or broom).

I did add a new item to the list in Week 1 in my “notes” section: Costumes. TGF and I actually decided that we will stay in Halloween night, so we slacked off on costuming. But I’m still wearing one to work and STILL need a few key elements to the costume, so that one is going on into this week.

Here’s what’s up for this week:

  • Finalize Yule card list
  • Begin gift shopping
  • Inventory gift closet
  • Inventory gift wrapping
  • Take down Halloween decorations

Oh how it hurts to have my Halloween decorations up for only a week! Maybe next year, I will start at the beginning of October so I can have Halloween stuff up longer. But now I will make sure I have all those addresses (well, except one; I know one person is moving in the next month) and figure out if I’ve forgotten anyone for the card list. I’ll start my shopping and figure out what wrapping I need. Fun!