October 2020

Tips for Christmas cards

Christmas Countdown Day 6: Start a Christmas Card List

Good morning, dear readers and friends!  Today in the Christmas Countdown, we'll start a Christmas card list, and get organized for holiday letters and seasonal greetings.

Truth to tell, this assignment--first written in the early 1990s!--feels pretty dated.  When first published, personal computers were just entering our homes and our lives, and paper was still king.

October 30, 2020
It's A Wrap: Set Up A Gift Wrap And Mail Center
Gift wrap and mailing checklist
Cynthia Ewer October 29, 2020

Wrapping gifts for the holidays? Repeat after me: "This year, I won't be wrapping gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve!"

If there's a single most-underestimated holiday chore, it's gift wrapping. Supplies lie scattered throughout the house, while space and privacy are hard to come by. Translation: late-night Christmas Eve wrapping sessions, grumbling your way through the job.

Holiday Values Exercise

Christmas Countdown Day 4: Connect With Holiday Values

Good morning, dear readers and friends!  Today's the day we tackle the Holiday Values Exercise: a set of simple questions designed to focus on the meaning behind our celebration.

Truth to tell, many of us skip this assignment.  Compared with the fun of making a gift list or dreaming up decor, taking paper and pencil to answer uncomfortable questions doesn't come close.

Word from on high?  Do it anyway.

October 28, 2020
Welcome to the Christmas Countdown

Ready to Count Down to Christmas? Welcome Back!

Dear readers and friends, welcome back!  I'm Cynthia Ewer, your host and guide to an organized Christmas.  

This morning marks the 25th year I've published the Organized Home Christmas Countdown, and I'm so happy to see you all again. For the next six weeks, I'll be sending daily messages of inspiration and support as we enter this most perilous and surprising winter.

October 25, 2020
House & Holidays Plan Week 9: Public Space Week
House & Holidays Plan
Cynthia Ewer October 25, 2020

Halloween is coming ... and November lies ahead! Along with the trick-or-treaters comes a new pace to the season. Thanksgiving is on the horizon, so it's time to turn our attention to the public space in our home: the living room or great room.

In holiday prep, we'll prepare for Halloween celebrations. We'll complete Christmas cards and buy holiday stamps, and start saving mailing boxes so that we can recycle them to send gifts.