Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.

Monday, January 14, 2008

NYR: Christmas/Holidays

To plan and prepare for the Christmas season throughout the whole of 2008 so that most, if not all, of the time-consuming tasks that I perform to get ready for the holidays are completed by the beginning of Advent. To plan and prepare for several other major holidays as well, namely Easter, Family Heritage Night, and Thanksgiving.

- Record what went well during the 2007 Christmas season
- Participate in a Christmas reading/movie club to get gift ideas for others & to build a holiday book & movie library
- Use a holiday planning notebook or computer folder to organize planning efforts
- When possible, centralize holiday decorations, food service, and food preparation items in attic or basement
- Spend time each month reviewing holiday plans, scheduling holiday preparation work, and performing specific holiday preparation tasks. When possible, set this time aside on the following schedule:

Easter planning: 3rd day of the month
Family Heritage Night planning: 30th of the month
Thanksgiving planning: 4th Thursday of the month
Christmas planning: 25th of the month

Rover Saves Christmas by Roddy Doyle
“All I Want for Christmas” starring Harley Jane Kozak

How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas by Jeff Guinn
“The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen

Flight of the Reindeer by Robert Sullivan
“Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
“Meet John Doe” starring Gary Cooper

When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke
“Miracle on 34th Street” starring Dylan McDermott

The Bird’s Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin
“The Bishop’s Wife” starring Cary Grant

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
“The Holiday” starring Kate Winslet

1001 Christmas Facts and Fancies by Alfred Carl Hottes
“Trapped in Paradise” starring Nicholas Cage

A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
“Home Alone” starring Macaulay Culkin

The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado
“Silver Bells” starring Anne Heche

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring Jim Carrey

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