Every once in a while we bloggers feels compelled to blog about something we know is going to be polarizing among our readers. A topic that maybe skirts the edge of what we normally talk about, or touches on religion or politics or something really controversial like making bread out of 100% bleached, white flour.
With that subtle warning, I bring you … The Christmas Pledge. The second most contentious topic on The Art of Doing Stuff, right behind over or under.
For those of you who haven’t been here on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd of November before, let me explain what’s about to happen to you. In the next few paragraphs you’re going to have one of two reactions. Utter joy, bliss, excitement, and motivation followed by an unparalleled desire to break out into dance. Or, you’re going to never come back to the blog again, but not before you leave a comment about how much you hate me, this idea and and me.
You see today is the day I encourage you to start getting ready for Christmas.
Here I am! Way down here, hiding from those of you throwing your Halloween pumpkins at the computer screen. Have you calmed down enough that I can explain this to you a bit? The Christmas Pledge started on The Art of Doing Stuff in 2011. It is a pledge I take, and encourage you to take, to get everything done you need to get done for Christmas by the end of this month.
Calm the hell down. Yes, I do know how far away Christmas is. But I also know about human nature, and human nature dictates that you’ll think Christmas is “far away” until 1 hour before the malls close on Christmas Eve.
You’ll continue to put things off until you’re sitting in a puddle of anxiety wondering if it’d be O.K. to give your 4 year old niece a used hairdryer and half a bottle of Tums for Christmas.
Because of this, every year I offer you the non legally binding option of taking The Christmas Pledge with me. A pledge to get this shit done. I provide you with a calendar filled in with a to-do list of everything you need to accomplish on any given day, and you provide me with the joy of hearing how great it worked for you last year. Or, sometimes you provide me with the joy of laughing with your new and inventive use of the words mother, hole, bag, for brains and sucker in the comment section.
But mainly you like it.
I give you, The Christmas Pledge calendar for 2016.
If you click on the calendar it’ll come up on your screen as a much larger, easier to read version. Also it will be printable then.
Now … here we go.
I, Karen, being of sound mind and belly full of leftover, cold, macaroni & cheese that I ate while standing with the fridge open, do solemnly swear to at least try get this done.
Now you say it. But not with my name cause then it won’t count. Don’t use Dr. Dre’s name either. That won’t count either. You have to use your own name, out loud.
Good. Done? Now sign below in the comment box.
And yes. As it turns out, you’re already a day behind so start making that list.
NEW this year is the addition of a support group. The Christmas Pledge Facebook Group. (This is not a public group so don’t forget to ask to join when you get to the Facebook page!)
It’s where you can share and find all kinds of Christmas decorating photos, gift wrapping ideas, cookie recipes, and your very own space to show off, plot, complain and cry. The real purpose of it is to make you accountable. It works. Trust me. I’ll personally email you the odd reminder about getting things done and check in throughout the month to make sure my ass kicking is working. In the holiday spirit and all. All for free.
Or you can just stick with the calendar and tough it out on your own.
Good luck and get moving.