A big time saver for me this year was shopping on line. I despise crowds and long lines anyway, so for me, it's totally worth it to price compare on line and then click and ship. I was surprised at how many items I was able to get shipped for free by googling for online coupons for the different stores. I saved a bunch that way. If you don't do that already, check it out. Wow!
We put the tree up on the first Sunday of December, like we always do. Now that my kids are older, I just wrap most of the presents as I buy them and stick them under the tree.
The stockings were hung
How many different varieties of cookies do you make for Christmas? We're whipping up about 14 different kinds this year. We usually start around the 1st of December and make a batch per day until we're done, but with all the turmoil around here this year, we got a really late start. As of right now, we only have 2 batches left to make, so I don't think we did bad at all. Here's Chablis with the recipe scrapbook I made for her last year. She's been adding new recipes all year and this year she really learned how to cook. I'm quite proud of her!
Lucky always has to lay right in the middle of the kitchen whenever we bake.
Petey sits and hopes for a crumb or two to hit the floor....
Tony likes to help make and smell the cookies, but he sticks to his apples, thank you very much....
5 days until Christmas and we're back on track. Most of the food for Christmas dinner has been purchased, house cleaning started, baking almost done, tree and stockings up and most of the gifts wrapped. Christmas music is constantly playing in the background. Hugs and kisses all around.