On one day, every year I offer you the non legally binding option of taking The Christmas Pledge with me. A pledge to get all the Christmas cacophony done before December 1st. Today is that day. And for the first time, there are two ways to take the pledge.
Yes, it is time for The Christmas Pledge again. For those of you who are relatively new, The Christmas Pledge started here on The Art of Doing Stuff 12 years ago.
I write an activity calendar for November that you can print off. Each day has one task on it that will get you closer to being ready for Christmas. It is life changing. Ask anyone who has taken the pledge.
Even if you only finish half of the calendar tasks you will still have 50% of your Christmas crap done by December 1st. 🎤-drop
I love The Christmas Pledge. So this year I have expanded it. I am very excited to introduce you to The Christmas Pledge Deluxe Package. Everything you love about the original Christmas Pledge posts but MORE.
It's an 8 page downloadable booklet that includes:
1 - THE ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS PLEDGE CALENDAR
2 - MY MOST IMPORTANT CHRISTMAS BASICS
3 - A TIP FOR PROCRASTINATING (WHILE STILL BEING ABLE TO PROCRASTINATE)
4 - RECIPES
+ MORE +
The Christmas Pledge Deluxe Package costs $7
If you're ready, just click on the button to ...
DON'T WORRY. If you don't want to or can't buy right now you can still use any of these past Christmas Pledge Calendars.
If you are thinking to yourself, "This sucks, Karen. This is too early. It isn't even Halloween yet. You're such a tool.🙄" - then I like YOU. I get you. I AM you.
Here is why you should be doing this.
Do you think that I want to start preparing for Christmas right now? No I do not. Which is why I also take The Christmas Pledge every year.
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.
Too many years in November I'd anticipate all the good times I was going to have in December. The naps next to a roaring fire, a plate of freshly baked cookies cooling under my nose.
None of my December fantasies involved sitting in a puddle of anxiety wondering if it'd be O.K. to give my 4 year old niece 1 sock and half a bottle TUMS for Christmas.
But my hallucinatory December? Oh hallucinatory December was gonna be good. I'd wear frilly aprons and bake during the day, my hair would always be done, delicious food magically appeared in front of me and every single Christmas Carol I hated would be destroyed by aliens. Yes. Every single copy.
Life didn't get any better than my imaginary Decembers.
But what I anticipated was not my reality.
So I started The Christmas Pledge over a decade ago. Since then hundreds, if not thousands of people have taken part in it.
If you DO the pledge, and follow the calendar you are 100% guaranteed to get everything done by December 1st.
Let me explain it this way,
Your nails will be done, hair appointment booked, presents bought, house decorated.
By December 1st