HGP — Where are you?

With everything going on at the Zoo, the Holiday Grand Plan fell to the side and hasn’t been worked on for a few weeks. I hope you all have been continuing the plan in what ever fashion is working for you. That is the beauty of this plan, giving you path to follow, but you can follow it as you see fit.

I won’t be following it for the rest of this year since Richard is still recovering from his surgery and I will have other things to focus on for the rest of the month. I invite you to continue on your Holiday Grand Plan.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 11 — Garage and Storage Areas

Oh wow has this been going for almost 3 month now? How are you all doing?

This week we are in the dungeons of our home — the garage and other storage areas. And boy do I need to be doing this here. Our garage has become the dumping ground for the house. We have boxes and bags full of things just stuffed out there. I figure it will take us more than a week to get through it, unless we do it clean house style and take everything out. That may happen it makes for a LONG day, but then it is done.

Holiday Prep

— Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.

— Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.

— Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).

— Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.

— Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.

— Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.

— Review and revise menus and other plans.

— Plan table setting.

— Plan centerpiece, make as much as possible now (or order it from florist).

— Reserve any items needed to be borrowed or rented.

— Get everyone’s holiday clothes purchased/cleaned/pressed.

Hope everyone has a great and productive week!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Holiday Grand Plan Weeks 9 ands 10

Catch up time for me. Sorry I haven’t posted, but the H1N1 hit and I was bogged down with that. So here is last weeks and this week’s rooms.

Week 9 — Pantry/Closets

Holiday Prep

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.

~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.

~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).

~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.

~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.

~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.

~ Start addressing Christmas cards and writing Christmas letter.

~ Find family photo suitable for inclusion with Christmas card.

~ Involve the whole family. Do not seal cards yet, keep them in a box in alphabetical order, as you think of things that you want to say to them pull out the card and add a note.

~ Send invitations for Thanksgiving.

~ Prepare for special needs-extra beds, babies?

~ Buy extra batteries (check gifts).

~ Order turkey

Week 10 — Family Room Week

Holiday Prep

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.

~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.

~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).

~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.

~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.

~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.

~ Polish silver; clean glassware (baking soda & water). Put candleholders in freezer to help remove wax. Alcohol removes stains from candles.

~ Take down Halloween decorations. Put up Thanksgiving ones.

~ DO NOT shampoo carpet – partying people spill things.

~ Clean/clear library/front hall closet so there will be room for guests’ coats. Give unwanted coats to charity. Store other stuff in attic in empty luggage.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 8 — Kitchen Week

This week we are in the kitchen. Since the kitchen is the hear of the house, my kitchen is in pretty good shape, I just have a couple of cabinets that I should go through.

Holiday Preps

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.

~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.

~B uy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).

~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.

~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.

~Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.

Checkpoint Week!

~ If unable to find an item for a person on list contact them or their family for ideas.

~ If a homemade gift is not going well, set it aside for after Christmas and decide on another gift.

~Buy pumpkin for Halloween.

~ Review costume plans with children.

How are you doing with your Holiday Grand Plan?

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 7 — Guest Room

If you are lucky enough to have a spare room that you have set aside as a guest room, this is the week to work on that. If you do not, use this week to catch up or to work on a room that will take you more time (we all have those dungeons).

Holiday Prep

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.
~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.

Decorate for Halloween

If you decorate mainly with a fall harvest look, then a few Halloween things can make it for Halloween. After October, replace the Halloween decorations with Thanksgiving things for a minimum of work.

The only form to print out this week is the Guest Room Checklist.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 6 — Children’s Rooms

This week we are working in the Children’s Rooms.

Holiday Prep

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.
~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.
~ Check smoke detectors and clean them, change batteries if needed.
~ Make “goody basket” for guest bath, from samples found in abundance in stores right now.

The form to print out is the Child’s Gift List.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 5 — Master Bath

A couple of catch up posts since my life was so crazy and I missed them.

Week 5 we were in the Master Bathroom.

Holiday Prep

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes
~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.
~ Take toys and books that are outgrown, clean them up and prepare them for donation to toy drives.
~ Make list of toys and books that children would enjoy and that would fit in their rooms and that would work with what they have. Keep it hand for telling family what they would like.
~ Inventory clothing and have another list of clothing items needed. Measure the children and put measurements on this list.

You should have printed out the Family Wardrobe Planner and the Gift Ideas Planner.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 4 — Master Bedroom

After this week, we will have completed a month of the Holiday Grand Plan. Do you believe it?

This week we will be working on the Master Bedroom. We will be deep cleaning, decluttering and making this a haven.

Holiday Preps•Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
~~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.

~~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).

~~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.

~~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.

~~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.

~~ Make list of any table and bathroom linens that need replacing before the holidays, and pick up a few each week.

We will be printing out our holiday budget page, gift closet inventory page, and our Internet/catalog tracker form.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 3 — Entry/Foyer Week

This is getting up a little late. Sorry about that. The weekend was a weekend….

This week we are focusing on our entry and foyer areas. Deep clean and declutter the area to make it inviting for all.

Holiday Prep

~~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.

~~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.

~ Buy two canned food items from Menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).

~ Keep 2 boxes in a pantry area or storage place to put these in so that they are not used in everyday cooking – make sure to label them so that when food drives start your holiday supply stays intact and the food drive gets the food purchased for it.

~ Buy all supplies for homemade gifts. Package each project with directions and other information in zipper food storage bag and place in a basket or box in craft/sewing area.

~~ Buy film, camera batteries, blank videotapes. Hide them; write yourself a note.

How is your Grand Plan going?

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Holiday Grand Plan Week 2 — Question Week

This is the week we continue to make our lists. And get in touch with what was most important to us, our values. I found this to be the most important thing for me. I realized I didn’t need to make 20 different types of cookies. My family loves just 4 types. What a relief! No more spending hours in the the kitchen making things that people ate and didn’t really enjoy. I also found out that I don’t like to run around visiting people on the Christmas Eve. So we don’t. I will drop off presents to others the week before.

So take the time to define and refine what is important to you and your family.

This week we are working on the living room.

Holiday Prep

~ Buy extra flour, sugar, shortening, etc.

~ Make one extra meal for the freezer labeled HOLIDAY MEAL. This should be large enough to feed the family plus two people.

Browse Week

~ Develop ideas for gifts, decorations.

~ Order Christmas cards and address labels.

~ For your friends of other religions take the time to find out what their major holiday is and look for an appropriate card to send to them at that time.

~ Divide gift responsibilities with other family members.

Questions to Ask

~ Do I see Christmas time primarily as a time for entertaining friends and renewing long lost acquaintances or as a time for family?

~ How much emphasis do our Christmas activities place on the spiritual side of Christmas?

~ How involved is my family in the Christmas preparation?

~ What activities are particularly important to our family at Christmas? To myself?

~ Why do we observe the traditions we do in our house?

~ How important is an elaborately decorated house, homemade gifts or food, to my feelings about Christmas?

~ What would my ideal Christmas be like?

Forms to Print Out

~ gifts to make list
~ holiday menu planner
~ freezer inventory

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome