1. Packages and cards sent. All of our family members live elsewhere, and since we can't go to visit anyone for Christmas, we have to send packages. We try to get them out as early as possible, but most of the time we are waiting until Employee Appreciation Days at The Tim's work, so we get even a little bit more of a discount on things we want to buy. The last couple of years, it hasn't been all that early, so we've had to get things, wrap them, and send them out in a short amount of turnaround time. The Tim mailed the last of the packages today, so we have accomplished a big chunk of what we wanted to get finished. And most of the cards are on their way (he wants to write notes in a few).
2. Christmas tree is up, with lights. Tomorrow night, we will finish decorating it.
3. Other decorations are up. Once the tree is finished, I can finish cleaning, and we can just sit and enjoy it all!
4. Mini-tree has been purchased and lights have been purchased for it. I kept seeing people who had pictures of little trees they had in their house and when we were at Target a couple of weeks ago, they had a 2-ft. tree on sale. So we bought it, I got a small strand of lights at CVS ($1.99 with a coupon!), and we have a lovely little festive tree on our third floor.
5. When I picked up the box to buy the aforementioned tree, The Tim said, "It's OK with me, but you know it's not a real tree." So nice to be married to a genius - eat your hearts out everyone else!
6. One sock knit. Hopefully another sock will be knit before Christmas Day, but if not, one completed sock and one sock-in-progress will be gifted. (More on that in another post.)
7. This Friday evening, we are going to a production of "The Nutcracker." It's been a few years since we have seen it, so it will be good to go again.
8. Cookies! Now that packages are on their way, baking can begin!
9. Christmas carols and Christmas shows. Listening, singing, watching. YAY!
I may have screamed with delight when I went to buy stamps at the post office. It was one of the best days EVER. I bought as many as I could, and since they are Forever stamps, I can use them for many Christmases to come. I sent out Kim's card before I got them, but then she told me that the card came with a RUDOLPH POSTMARK and sent me a picture! Win-win-win-win-win! I know it's all to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rankin-Bass show, but that makes it even better.