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Home Alone for Xmas - you too?

Monday, November 23, 2020

Earlier in the year, I did have the thought that I might give Xmas a complete miss this year - it seemed so 'difficult' to get my head round it with all the restrictions.

But thanks to being a follower of Fly Lady - I found myself getting out my folder with my 'Holiday Control Journal' that I've been using for the past 6 years or so. It's a kind of event-planner which leads up to Thanksgiving, Xmas, or any other kind of big get-together occasion.

And, that in turn led me to think about how I wanted to spend my Xmas holidays - home alone (like millions of other people!)

I've done my cards, and presents - including a few little things for myself. And I've made a fragrant pomander (and might make more). I've got two non-food advent calendars which will bring me a lot of joy each day - one is a Mr Men mini-book calendar, and I'm going to video call my grandson every evening and read him the story for the day. The other one is Harry Potter Lego calendar. Lego is something I've secretly had a hankering for - and perhaps this will start me off - but I am after the characters/figures to use for Dungeons and Dragons (solo adventures) which is another game I'm trying to learn. So, nice playful things!

I downloaded a Xmas story ebook from the local library service, and have started listening to that while I knit. I have a 4-disc CD collection of Xmas sing-along songs from Sufjan Stevens which has some sweet 'extra's in the box (stickers, comic book, lyrics etc). I've fished out my Virago Book of Christmas stories by women through the ages which I read a bit of each year. I have the ebook The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper which I read as a December book-club on-line one year - it was very compelling. Also on the shelf I have a part-used Puzzler book of Christmas Puzzles (word-searches etc). I have a favourite DVD - Polar Express, and also have Frozen 2, and Narnia which are kind of snowy as well. (I'd quite like the Grinch who saved Xmas ............. might get it!). And on the BBC iPlayer there is a binge-able series of His Dark Materials - which is also very kind of wintery.

I am going to get an artificial Xmas tree when I get paid, and decorate my house and window.

And I just bought a ticket for an on-line stream of a super performance of Mowser (the tale of Tom Bowcock from Mousehole) - by a small theatre company who perform this each year - and it'll be streamed on Xmas Eve at 6pm.

I have a mulled cider kit in the cupboard from a Cornish producer who makes apple products from windfalls and apples that would otherwise go to waste.

Oh, there's also an on-line carol concert in aid of a local homeless charity that I support.

So - I just have the food to prepare really - and that's not hard for one person.

I have some winter-spice 'melts' to fragrance the home in December too - which I bought in a local craft shop.

All in all - it's starting to feel a bit like Xmas!

My sister and b-i-l, and my son and d-i-l have put up their trees and decorations already. My brother and I are holding out for December.

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But thanks to my Fly Lady 'training' I'm not sitting here waiting for the day to arrive - I've planned what I want to do, what I want to eat, what decorations I'd like, what activities I'd enjoy - and I'm feeling good about it.
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  • LIVINTODAY
    Thanks for posting this Gill, I've been try to pull myself out of Holiday doldrums and reading this has given me the push needed to get going. We had no family with us for Thanksgiving and there will be just the two of us for Christmas also. Today our small tree is going up in the family room but I don't think we will put the larger one up in the living room this year. We certainly spend most of our time in the FR. Anyway Christmas cheer will spread through the house, am already thinking of treats I can cook and smells that say "Christmas!". You have lifted me once again my friend!
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    46 days ago
  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    You are so organized. Lots of fun things to do.
    We've enjoyed quite a few quiet holidays. They leave inner peace and contentment.
    47 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    Oh I love your Christmas plans. Especially D&D solo - I've never heard of that but I'm going to look it up. My son played it for a couple of years and I did one game with him and realized how fun it was and how addictive. There are other things I'd rather do, most of the time - there were definitely other things I had to do back then. But now? hmmm. with time to play? hmmm. What a treat.

    I love the read a video call story advent idea - and may just have to copy you next year. LOL - I have to learn how to video call first. I'm still dreadfully clumsy about it at this point.

    Big Hugs.
    49 days ago
  • SUNNYBEACHGIRL
    I put up the tree and some decorations and I will put some Christmas lights in a few dark corners. I will buy my one carton of eggnog next week and turn on the Christmas playlist after December 1.

    I am missing the fun events but will look at steaming as an alternative.
    50 days ago
  • SPARKINON
    Sounds lovely! Happy Holidays!
    52 days ago
  • RAERAERAE62
    Good on you... Anticipation is part of the joy. Having planned and gathered what you'll need to enjoy the season seems to me to make each day lovely.
    52 days ago
  • SWEETNEEY
    wow, you're going to busy and it sounds delightful
    52 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Great planning Gill, my daughter plans to start decorating this weekend coming, looking forward to the colour that brings. Yesterday I did think Christmas was stressful but in reality after this year it'll be a breeze! emoticon you emoticon
    53 days ago
  • VEENAS1
    With all that is going on it is hard to get in the Christmas spirit so I am glad you have a plan to make Christmas enjoyable for you
    53 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    Your plans sound lovely. If you offered a bed and breakfast, I think I'd make a reservation. emoticon emoticon
    53 days ago
  • GORDON66
    Sounds like you have all your bases covered. Normally, I spend time with my immediate family, but I'm not counting on it this year. Due to the virus, we are not getting together for Thanksgiving, and I'm not sure what Christmas will bring. Staying home with the kitties wouldn't be terrible.

    Leslie

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    53 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Sounds like a great time
    53 days ago
  • OSONIYE
    Wow. It sounds like your Christmas season will be full and rich! Good for you!
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    53 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I love this!! You are so right about Flylady too. emoticon
    53 days ago
  • VALLEYGIRLSPAGE
    Sounds like a beautiful December you have planned. I like Fly Lady makes the holiday planning so easy.
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    53 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    Happy happy holiday season! emoticon
    53 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    WOW ... you've got a great plan there.

    We don't get ready for Christmas until after Thanksgiving ... which is Hubby's favorite holiday. With COVID we got together with our local DS and fam last week when we could have our "feast" out doors.

    Christmas ... well, it will be just us. Kinda sad ... but kinda a throw back to when it was just Hubby and I in the beginning.
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    53 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    Well done you! There will be just the two of us plus furry family this year, probably so not a lot of plann8ng needed...
    53 days ago
  • AKA_TROUBLE
    I watched Diane in Denmark go through the journal one year and just shuddered. I am very much NOT a list maker. Enjoy your march through the journal to Christmas.
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    53 days ago
  • MOLLIEMAC
    I haven't planned in the detail that you have (well done BTW) as our dynamics keep shining here (as of today no more than gatherings of 5) but I suspect I will mark the day alone apart from the company of my pets and Face Time with my kids. I'm not sad about that and will find plenty of things to enjoy, hopefully we will have a green Christmas and a long walk will be part of the celebration.
    53 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Wow!! You have really given your holiday season a lot of thought...that’s awesome!
    53 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    LOVE LOVE LOVE Flylady.
    53 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Your own personal Christmas sounds festive and cheerful. WTG on getting in the Christmas spirit. emoticon I, too, am getting in the decorating mood, even if it is just for my husband, my daughter and me.
    Also, Christmas music really does make everything better.
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    53 days ago
  • PYNETREE
    May Your Christmas be Merry & Bright! 🎄
    53 days ago
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