My run yesterday morning was warm….like almost 50 degrees before 6am. I do not like this weather and have at least one sympathizer in Caitlin at Fit and Feminist (read her post about running season here). What was amazing about my run yesterday morning was it was the third time on this route that I’ve hit 9 min/mi or less, so I finally get to move on to my next route tomorrow! Today is also that Tuesday before Christmas and that means it’s Sweet Potatoe Biscuit Day!
We are hosting Christmas Brunch this year and I have a plan for how to get there without overwhelming myself. Here’s my 7 day plan for Christmas survival.
Day One: Saturday before Christmas
Plan of action is to run early in the morning, fast clean the house, cook and bake all day, shove the family out of the house, enjoy an evening at home with friends, food, and cookies. Oh yeah, and drink some wine, that’s always a necessity this far out. (Sorry for the lack of photos….I decided to enjoy myself instead of snap a billion pics….recipes for cookies to come!)
Day Two: Sunday before Christmas
Plan of action is to sleep in, make pancakes that will last for a few more mornings this week, attempt to read a book, pretend like you’re not actually going to do anything that day so you can enjoy the day. Also, see Santa and overpay for a picture of the one kid that would sit on Santa’s lap without crying (so should have bought the photo where little one was crying for the price I did pay), and have a nice fire with some friends while exchanging early gifts. Oh yeah, and drink some more wine and hot cocoa(…..just not together, I tried that at home and it was NOT good!)
Day Three: Monday before Christmas
Apple Butter Day! Go for an early run and work on that overdue library book, then eat pancakes, take kids to activities, return things that we don’t need for Christmas (BEFORE Christmas), finish fighting with Shutterfly, enjoy crazy warm weather in December. Don’t forget to submit grades. Oh yeah, and watch a Christmas movie with the family, because it’s ALMOST CHRISTMAS!
Day Four: Tuesday before Christmas
Last day to yourself before hubby is on holiday, so get up early to teach yoga, return library books, bake sweet potatoes and sweet potatoe biscuits, start re-cleaning the house for company, attempt to do something fun with the kids (that doesn’t involve them eating all of the cookies from the cookie exchange), and watch another Christmas movie with the family. Make a chicken pot pie to die for! Oh yeah, and crack open the eggnog….possibly with Brandy?
Day Five: Wednesday before Christmas
Wake up early to run even though it will annoy your hubby who is now on holiday, make a grocery list, catch up on blog reading and enjoy the quiet before everyone else gets up. Today you will go real grocery shopping for whatever else you will need to make it through the next week which doubles as an escape from the house. Hope that the remaining Christmas gift arrives a day early so that you can wrap it. Eat up leftovers in the fridge for lunch, bake Santa cookies with the kids, and make some beautiful salmon for dinner so that your brain is fueled for the days to come.
Day Six: Christmas Eve
Wake up early and don’t teach yoga, but do some yourself upstairs….away from everyone….and possibly get in some much needed meditation. If not, just read Amanda’s Think Out Loud Thursday round-up and get yours posted. Then the prep begins…..make the french toast casserole, cinnamon rolls, and egg casserole, cut up the fruit and stir up the cream cheese dip. Christmas is tomorrow and everyone needs to just chill today! Have all of the dishes done before baked ziti for dinner and watching Home Alone with hot cocoa. Get the kids to bed for the big day!
Day Seven: Christmas
Get up early for a run and so you can beat the kids to the tree and be sure to record them getting up for the 5th year! (See how long this will last…..) Have time to shower and get dressed after presents and before everyone else gets there. Then, throw it all in the oven, sit back and enjoy! That evening….snack on light fare for dinner and look at the bounty that was a perfect and slightly stress free holiday.
Yeah….that’s my plan….eat cookies, drink a little, exercise, and spend time with the family while taking it one day at a time. Check back in on Thursday and, if I’m not yet committed, I will tell you how it is going. Until then, enjoy this other posts of mine about the holidays:
What is your holiday attack plan?