Yesterday, I mentioned that I spend a good bit of time during this time of year reassessing my goals and working on my New Year’s Resolutions. I do have a few close friends and family that I buy gifts for, but generally I make cookies and candies and consumable treats. The other thing I do every year is write a holiday newsletter.
A few years ago, I agonized over the enormity of my Christmas card list. All of the family members, the friends. It was mammoth. I like to put personal notes in each one. I like to have a little fun with them. The task had grown unwieldy.
I threw around the idea of a holiday newsletter, and I liked the concept. The problem was that I felt like I was “letting myself off easy” in some ways. That it was lazy to do the work once and be done with it. I also knew it was sort of chintzy and cheap to get a PDF in the mail instead of a careful card with embossed edges and glitter and whatnot. And I couldn’t help but think that an emailed newsletter was a little tacky.
Full of self-mockery, my Holiday newsletter was dubbed “Lazy, Cheap, and Tacky” and is celebrating it’s 5th year in circulation. It grows a few pages each year from 4 pages to 6 in the past few years. I expect, with the wedding, that this year’s might top as many as 8 pages to make room for photos. I’ll be taking a break from writing (the current WIP is the Maaneshin graphic novel script) to draft up this full-color spread of our family’s year of goofiness. It’s always a good time.
So, here’s the checklist:
- Finish mailing thank you notes by December 1st
- Finish making my own gift list so people know what to get for me!
- Make Ninjabread men for Ethan to help me decorate as part of gift packages
- Get wedding photos for LCT
- Write articles for LCT – including annual interview with Ethan!
- Make fudge, buckeyes – what other candy to make this year? Peppermint patties? Milk duds? Oreos? (check Pinterest board)
- Shopping for 2-3 gifts haven’t gotten yet
- Assess 2012 accomplishments
- Dream about where I want to be in 2014 or 2017
- Set goals for 2013 to get there
What does your December to do list look like?