Well, now that the ornaments are put away and the tree is gone, we have made a plan for 2009.
We liked getting the tree early and decorating after Thanksgiving. This allowed us to not feel rushed, but to decorate at our leisure... a little at a time... This year we were hindered by the ice storm, so we feel that we lost a week as we waited to decorate....
But, we liked having the tree early, it was very festive.
Plans for 2009
Get advent calendars
Week 1 - Plan guest list for Christmas, make gift lists (friends, teachers, family). Get tree, start decorating, make Christmas card
Week 2 - Put up tree, finish up with decorations, plan menu for Christmas, Christmas Eve, family get-togethers, Address envelopes for Christmas cards
Week 3 - Wrap gifts, send out Christmas cards,
Week 4 - Deliver gifts,
Post Christmas - take down ornaments, examine lights for any defects, take inventory of gift wrap, ribbon, tags, purchase if necessary