Howdy to those who celebrate Christmas! Welcome all others as well, but this post won't be as relevant to you.
You could have knocked me over with a feather back in September when I realized we were 100 days out from Christmas. Of course it's less than that now.
For the last few years, I've been trying to follow the Holiday Grand Plan, which is an amazing whole-house, multi-holiday plan. I start with it in August with the very best of intentions, and figuring it will really take me that long to get ready. And, to its credit, one of the very first things it tells you to do is list all the house projects you want done before the holidays (painting, renovating, landscaping, whatever). Then cross off all but the three smallest. This seems more realistic.
Also more realistic, so far, for me: the 100 Days Til Christmas blog. This was started in September and breaks things down in to baby steps to plan for the holidays. I can't say I've been perfectly following every day but it has at least gotten me going on Christmas card planning so I might get them out this year. Last year...well, maybe that's another post.
Meanwhile, right after Halloween, I'll pop my favorite Christmas Countdown widget back up there. (I have a faux blog where I "save" codes and buttons since I don't know any official ways to do it. There's your second works-for-me of the day.)
But thinking about the holidays early is working for me! Watch for the next few weeks as I post other things that have worked for me for the holidays as we get closer. And definitely check out Shannon's blog for more ideas.