I can hear the collective groan coming through my computer speakers! I know the title of this post may sound like an incredibly tedious and boring task. Like when your high school English teacher would break down a lovely poem into bits and analyse each individual sentiment, and word even. But, didn't that make the meaning of that poem so much more evident and powerful? Don't you seem to enjoy the poems you've studied in depth better than others that you only know the basic meaning?
You may be thinking 'Come on Cara, back off already! Christmas is over, done and dusted. The last thing that I want to do right now is to go back over and analyse my lovely Christmas holiday!'
Well, I'm sorry, but that's exactly what I'm going to make you do!
I'll be nice about it, but I truly feel that review is a very important part of your Christmas planning for 2018. Yes, Christmas 2018, that not a typo. I want you to take 20-30 minutes today to make your 2018 Christmas Season that much easier.
It really isn't that hard and it won't take long. Promise.
I simply want you to make 3 lists.
The first is to list the awesome things, the definitely 'do-agains' to make sure you make the time and energy to do it again next year. I think this could be the hardest list that I'm asking you to write. It's usually the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, so those things that actually went well tend to go practically unnoticed. Take a few minutes to relive the best moments of your Christmas holiday and jot them down so next year, you can enjoy them all over again.
Here's a peek at my review: Most of the organisation went rather smoothly for me. We got to do all the things we usually do, there was little bickering amongst my geeklings and our meal was simple, yet wonderful. I love ordering all of our gifts online, it helped me avoid crowded shops, which give me the heeby jeebies, and it saved me a lot of time.
Next, make a list of all the crap things. These can range from the small mishaps that a bit of careful planning next year can fix, to those awful events that everyone suffered through miserably. Maybe you can eliminate those events or at least make them more tolerable next year.
For me, my Christmas cards took a lot longer in the mail than usual. I had cut it close and sent them out a bit late as well. So my tardiness plus the slow post, meant that a lot of the cards going over seas, didn't reach their destination until after New Years!! I'm bumping my deadline for sending them out from Dec 10 down to Dec 5 so that if I do send them out 5 days late again (oops!) I'll have them out on the 10th and not the 15th.
Lastly, make a list of anything that you can do now or in the near future to help yourself out, come December 2018. Typing up those new or changed addresses now will help immensely when you are trying to get your Christmas cards out on time. Jot down the things you forgot to pack on your trip to your parents' home, or that you should buy a bigger turkey next year.
I'd like to make sure that we all get to the temporary rink that the city of Luxembourg puts up every year. I usually bump this activity first because I hate crowds and it means taking the bus with our skates and gear because there is never any place to park my big rig in town at calm times of the year, let alone Christmas time. However, the children always want to go and I really want to take them in 2018.
Basically, with these lists, you are trying to help out your future self by writing down everything you loved or hated about December 2017. WRITE IT DOWN, write it all down. Believe me you, you will forget.
If you need any more help, or guidance, or just want a few more tips, pop over to my Plan Your Christmas class at Big Picture classes and check out lesson 7. There's even a great handout with lots of questions to help prompt your review.
Plan Your Christmas - Lesson 7