The Christmas Pledge 2013.

The time has come.

It is time to sign up for The Art of Doing Stuff’s Christmas Pledge.  A hand over heart, pinkie swear, spit in your palm and shake hands agreement that you will get everything you need to get done for Christmas before December 1st.

Except decorating the tree.  ‘Cause decorating the tree before December 1st is a practice performed only by lunatics and scary people.  And I assume, some of you.

The Christmas Pledge was started on this blog a few years ago with more and more people taking part.  It’s a way to force you into doing the crappy stuff in November, leaving the fun stuff for December.  Things like baking cookies and watching Christmas movies.  Unless you hate baking cookies and watching Christmas movies in which case you’d better get those things done in November.

I will have a calendar up in the next few days that you can refer to in terms of what you need to get done and by when.

I know there are some of you who avoid the Christmas Pledge. And may in fact refer to it as the Christmas Plague.  So I’ve taken a moment to let you know exactly why you should join the ranks of the Christmas Pledgers.

The following list is a real life account of what will probably happen to you in the month of December, 2013 (based on whether you do or do NOT take the pledge)

Are you in? Or are you out?

The final decision as to whether to sign the pledge or not can only be made by you. Do you want to win a Nobel Peace Prize and eat cookies? Or do you wanna get shanked?

If you’re ready to nap and eat cookies throughout the month of December, sign up now.




As added encouragement, those of you who have taken the pledge in past years, feel free to leave a comment saying how well it worked for you. (no showing off by writing your comment in Japanese or Sanskrit or whatever other language you spontaneously learned by taking the pledge)

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  1. Jenna says:

    I LOVE this! Sadly I’m one of the lunatics that decorates my tree before December 1st and I’m even more maniacal because I leave 2 of my trees up year round and change the decorations to suit the season. Looking forward to the cartoon sparkle shooting out of the corner of my eye! 🙂

  2. Katie says:

    I am quite excited to have discovered your Christmas pledge recently/accidentally while reading old posts. I already got a head start on Thanksgiving, so now my plan is to have Christmas sorted by December 4th (more wiggle room given my weird perfectionism/OCD feelings about dates) since three weeks is plenty of December para mi. I am so(!) excited(!) to not dread the October through January season for the first time in my post-college adult life.
    Thanks for putting this brilliant idea into the ether! Consider me pledged.

  3. Becky says:

    Even though I resist doing anything Christmas related until AFTER American Thanksgiving, I’m taking the pledge.
    But, I really think cartoon sparkles are gonna hurt, I mean I really don’t want to scratch a cornea, so let’s pick somewhere else for them to shoot from, mkay??

  4. Larita says:

    Haha! I’ve been waiting for this! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and laughed at your silly pledge, saying “I don’t need that. I’m super organized all on my own.” Then promptly did absolutely nothing for Christmas. Like, one year, my house had NO decorations. Last year, my brain exploded just trying to get he bare minimum done in the week before. So this year, I’m on track to be done all kinds of Christmasy thing by the first week of December. Looks like your pledge is not so silly after all.

  5. stephbo93 says:

    Hmmm…..I’m thinking about it. I have to see the calendar first so I know what my next few weeks will have to look like.

  6. Chris says:

    Umm, I guess I’m one of the scary ones because my tree is put up on American Thanksgiving , my Christmas cards were handmade in July and I’ve had presents stashed away since last February. I really like Christmas!!
    I like having everything done early so I can sit in the sun (no snow here) reading a book while avoiding the department stores.

    Chris =]

  7. Laura says:

    It works!! Do it! I’ll never go back to last minute crap ever again! This will be my third year of joyous holiday celebrations thanks to Karen’s pledge.

  8. jenny says:

    Or do you wanna get shanked? Maybe I’ve just been up too long, but that killed me. My face hurts from laughing!

  9. Oh yes, I’m in! Some of my shopping is even done already. 🙂

  10. Kailee H says:

    As I am due to have a baby next week I have decided everyone gets homemade soap this year. The soap is already made and curing and all that is left is to find a nice but easy way to package them.

  11. Hazel says:

    Yes, definitely! I’ve been thinking this for a while and decided that this is the year it will all be done for the beginning of December.
    I also have my youngests two childrens’ birthdays in the 10 days after Christmas (I know, the midwife just laughed at me by #3) plus the birthdays of both my parents, my husband and my eldest child in December and January, so I really ought to get off the computer and wrap a few more presents…

  12. Rebecca says:

    I have always thought your Christmas pledge was an excellent idea however I have never participated but this year will be different. I’ve actually been looking forward to Christmas since July when I started a Christmas list. Call me crazy because I have already bought some gifts but I’m going to bake cookies and actually enjoy it this year!

  13. Tasha says:

    We did it the last two years and it has made December so much better! It appeals to my husband’s need for organization, and allows him time to get over his bitterness at Christmas shopping by the time Christmas rolls around! So I guess you could say it has saved his life because I was going to kill him if he complained about Christmas gifts one more time.

    Also, December is a time for fun! So having the shopping done earlier makes it all the better.

    I will have mine done by November 28, since that is when my parents are driving back to their place, and shipping it with them makes life easier for us when flying

  14. Meg says:

    I want to take the pledge because (although I am pretty good at it by now) I hate the mad dash right before Christmas. Running around sweaty on December 23rd, cursing people who insist on bringing their cars to a full and complete stop *before* they get out to run into the mall, then having trouble even mailing things for under what the gifts cost, because I didn’t remember I shouldn’t buy enormous presents for overnight shipping. I figure if I take the pledge, maybe I’ll at least do this process sooner.

    And because I’m hoping it’ll give me time to finish my remaining seven (of twelve) new year’s resolutions, decorate without pressure, and do things like make a gingerbread mansion replete with working gingerbread cars in an excessive necco-paved driveway. And then still have time to eat it AND be smug.

    I, Meg, agree to take part in the Christmas Pledge.

  15. Liz says:

    I have so much trouble choosing gifts… But I suppose the point is you’d still have a deadline, just not christmas!

    Another comment, I’ve noticed you’ve added a new social media thing, little green popout thing on the left. I’m kinda blind (as in I’m rather short sited and haven’t had my glasses scipt checked in a few years..) and increase my font size a lot. The green thingy is very very annoying. Just wanted to let you know – its not going to stop me reading your blog though.

    • Karen says:

      I have no idea why it’s green for you Liz. It’s a white bar that lets you easily Pin posts, Tweet them or send them to Facebook so you don’t have to scroll up or down to do it on my site. Anyhow, you’ll get used to it. You probably thought I was very annoying to begin with too. ~ karen!

  16. barbee says:

    I usually start making lists by then, all the more ironic because I work at the “Wonderland of Christmas”‘. But, after your challenge, I started to think. What if things were crossed off my list because they were done, instead of because they were never gonna happen? What if I did all the things I wanted to do, instead of half of it at the last minute? I might be getting out a calendar and official Christmas planning book now, and (in the words of my daughter’s) I blame you!

  17. Trisha says:

    I’m soooooo taking the pledge. Especially since I’m almost caught up with LAST Christmas.

  18. Carey says:

    This is the part where I get really, REALLY mad at you and your A-type friends! I think you’re just doing this to make the rest of us Christmas losers feel even worse about getting released from jail on December 13th.

  19. Pru says:

    I’m in! I’m about 70% done with the shopping, wrapping paper and ribbons bought and cards written. I love this pledge. Friends think I’m mad but I love when December is left for fun things and not battling in the shops!

  20. Louise says:

    Sign me up – I’m in! I’m sick of decorating the tree on Christmas Eve while my son sleeps. I want to string popcorn and make cookie ornaments together! I want to sit in the mall and watch the kids sit in Santa’s lap, instead of desperately and breathlessly trying to find that last minute, PERFECT DAMN GIFT!

  21. Bre says:

    I’m taking this under strong consideration…
    Ugh…I’m in….

  22. magali says:

    every year I say I will send out Christmas cards and then I don’t, so I will take the pledge so that I actually do it this year!

  23. Oh I’m pledged alright!
    did you not instruct us weeks ago to buy one Christmas present? Or am I imagining it? Either way, it is done, but I won’t gloat about my headstart :)))

  24. susan donis says:

    this may be a dumb question, but is there somwhere yo actually sign up? or do i just say “i’m in”?

    • Karen says:

      You just say “you’re in!”, but you can print the red pledge form and sign it and put it up on your fridge as motivation. That’s what it’s there for. (if you want you can print it in black and white to save on colour ink) ~ karen!

  25. Barbara R says:

    I’m in….my sister and I are pretty organized for the family Christmas! although I admit she carries the brunt of the work for about 22 of us (she hosts us—I will share your blog with her). This year we are required to make one of our gifts…I’m hoping that you will post some ideas for us….non-food please! So far I’m thinking Lamp from a Jug….any other ideas? Thanks Karen for getting us organized.

  26. Tigersmom says:

    I’m definitely in again.

    I did this last year and cartoon sparkles shot out of my ass!

  27. Jody says:

    I’m in—-wait, let me spit on my hand and type with only my pinkie… I pledge to take part in the Art of Doing Stuff’s Christmas Pledge to have everything done by December 1, except the fun stuff. Shopping and wrapping gifts are not fun. I did this last year and admit there were times in December when I was bored-in December-just before Christmas. Yes, bored in December; a very good thing.

  28. Carolyn says:

    I’m in.. I hate the stress it brings with it. I get so stressed out, I reget the fun in all of it. But never the reason. I am always undone. It would be me putting up the tree before Thanks Giving. And baking the cookies two weeks before Christmas.. And have eaten half of them. Lol. I am looking forward to some help.

    Thank You Karen, You are a wonderful person.

  29. I am so in this year. I actually just wrote out my list this morning and am try to figure out how we are going to pay for it and when to have family photos done!

  30. Su says:

    I’m in! Actually I’m moving the time frame for me up a week. I want to have it all done by American Thanksgiving because I have travel plans to be laying on a warm sunny beach in Cancun that day and the next 9…..

  31. Linda J Howes says:

    I pledge, (what exactly I’m not telling) but I pledge!

  32. Mel says:

    Karen, I’m not sure how all of your advertisers get to list on your page, but I was baffled to see a link to a page warning me that the Democratic candidate for governor is in bed with the Homosexual Agebda lobby crap. What the what?

    • Karen says:

      What?! LOL. Um … honestly … I have no idea. I have a few different ad networks. Chances are it was Google though because it sounds like that particular ad is Geo-targeted (only shows up for people who are in a certain area). ~ karen!

      • Mel says:

        Thanks, Karen! Voting over, ads from horrible candidates done for a while. Hurrah for Democrats winning in Virginia! Thanks for sharing my bafflement.

  33. Thera says:

    I’m in again, been doing this the past two years. I am usually a touch behind due to financial constraints, but it does help me get motivated and organized.

  34. Reg says:

    Oh nooooo. Already? There’s still leaves on some of the trees in the yard!

  35. Shannon Floyd says:

    I’m totally in! I even started a bit earlier this year so November could be relaxing as well! Maybe cinnamon and nutmeg will shoot out of my eye on Thanksgiving???

  36. karol says:

    I guess this makes me both a lunatic and scary because my tree is up! Booya! Toys for my grandtots are in layaway and a list has been made of Christmas brunch menu items. I’ll check my mirror daily for shooting cartoon sparkles.

  37. Lindsay says:

    I’m in for sure! I always try to be done shopping before Decemeber rolls around. Those Christmas shoppers are a whole different level of crazy. The decorating is never done too early so that’ll be new for me this year.

  38. Jay says:

    I’ve done it for the last 2 years (except wrapping presents because I LOVE doing that and save it as a treat while I eat mince pies and watch Jimmy Stewart movies)
    Since committing to the pledge I have become a professor at Cambridge, been given a book deal and developed the ability to walk elegantly in high heels.
    I’m worried about this year’s pledge as I am making most of the presents and I am NOT a quick knitter/sewer

  39. Robyn says:

    The first step in recovery is admitting that you need help ….boy oh boy do I need help getting organized for Christmas!

    I’m in (like belly button lint)!!!

  40. Shelly McKay says:

    Count me in!! Have picked up/made a few gifts already. A little nervous about the calender though 😉

  41. joanne says:

    On my commute home last night, I witnessed a house already completely decorated for Christmas. Outside and inside. Inflatables, lights, angles, Snoopy, Santa, Nativity scene — you name it, it was out there. Christmas tree visible in the picture window – wreaths on the door….

    Someone has forgotten the month of November entirely.

  42. Ev says:

    Ummm, MAYBE by Dec 15th, if I’m lucky. But your plan is better!

  43. Lisa says:

    I’m in! Starting today – I’m getting a head start on the hand-made Christmas ornaments I decided to decorate packages with LAST year, but never got around to. Thanks for the inspiration.

  44. pooks says:

    What the hell.

    I’m IN.

  45. Angela says:

    I’m in again this year, especially since I now have two kids instead of just one. I’d like to get back into making candy for gifts, so I neeeeed to have everything else done early to cut down on all of the stress. Plus, my older daughter’s birthday is at the end of November, so I just add doing stuff for her birthday to what I’m already doing for the pledge, and my life is so much easier!

  46. nicole d says:

    oh, i SUCK at gifts… half the gifts i end up buying are dumb, and i hate it… i always start shopping early, thinking it will give myself lots of time to find THE PERFECT gifts… and then i don’t find them… so i keep shopping, and keep looking, and then its the week before Christmas and i buy something dumb…. just to have something to give… haha… i suck at gifts.

    I will do the pledge… maybe it will give me luck in finding good gifts, instead of dumb ones. haha.
    I did, find a gift for my father in law already… it’s stashed and ready to go…

  47. marilyn says:

    ive never been shanked..what is it? guess i’m gonna find out

    • Karen says:

      Well Marilyn, you’ve just shown everyone here your belly. Your weakness. Your soft spot. If you’ve never been shanked, that means you’ve probably never been to prison (where one normally gets shanked). If you’ve never been to prison, you might not be tough enough for The Christmas Pledge. I guess we’ll find out! 😉 ~ karen!

  48. Sandy says:

    I guess I am a big lunatic! I start decorating the first weekend in November. I have most of my gifts bought already so I will take the pledge. No rushing for me!!

    • Alicia says:

      You are amazing. I love Christmas and some times I think that it goes by too quick. I thought about decorating early, but thought of it as stupid. But not no more, I am decorating early!

  49. karen l says:

    Let’s do this thing b*****s!

  50. Leslie Zuroski says:

    I took the pledge Oct. 29, then got sick, feeling bad that I didn’t accomplish anything Christmassy starting Nov. 1st. You say there’s still time?!? Count me in, you made my day!

  51. NikiDee says:

    Ok. I’m in. Every year I tell myself that I’ll be that person sipping mulled wine by the fireplace (note to self – build fireplace). Every year I am that person cursing the crappy store bought cards I’m mailing & wondering what the #&@*@! to buy the parents for Christmas. Tree in November? HA! I NEED this pledge. However, I already have my hand up with an excuse…I’m flying to Vegas for a week and a half in November to see relatives (that’s what I tell them as I head out of their homes…running “errands”…on the strip). I may have to do some quick stepping to keep up with this lost week and a half.

  52. Jill says:

    Yippee! I’m in–I need all the help I can get! Thanks, Karen!

  53. Debbie W. says:

    I did this last year, and I pretty much had Christmas wrapped up by December 1st! I’m going to try again… my hubby travels with his job and will be in Afghanistan leaving Wednesday and not returning til mid January – so the more I can get done ahead of time the better!! Looking forward to the schedule, which will be printed out and taped to the fridge!! Thanks Karen!! I’m also pledging to get most of my gifts locally – handmade items, gift cards for a local salon or spa, etc.

  54. Amanda Rodriguez says:

    I’m new to this blog so I’ve never done this before but I think it would be AMAZING to be able to relax in December!! My daughter is 13 months old and we just moved into our first house a month ago and I have no idea how to “plan” for Christmas. I can’t wait!! Thanks : )

  55. Julie says:

    I don’t understand why people get so stressed out about Christmas. Wait. Strike that. I DO understand. I don’t understand why they think it has to be that way. We’re totally easy breezy about Christmas at my house. We do the “something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read” approach to family gifts. And then we do Secret Santa for extended family and at work. I’m always wishing I had MORE to buy.

  56. Mary Werner says:

    LOVED your comparison list!

  57. dana gault says:

    Many of us in the US traditionally put up the tree the weekend after our Thanksgiving. I usually wait until December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, because I live in Phoenix very near the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona and it’s a big feast day for them and it’s really awesome to honor our indigenous people. But mostly we are what you would consider a little backward , with the decorating being the the first thing lots of us do, then run around like headless fowl (sorry) getting the shopping done.
    I shop online, so I have 0% frenzy, but I am excited to see the pledge so I can find out what else I can do to cover the bases so December is happier and stress-free. I admit a few years back when my kids were little and I read the pledge I spit my coffee at the screen! As in, bad habits too ingrained by then so take heed everyone and listen to Karen! Or Krampus will eat your chickens.

  58. Sue says:

    I’m in!! I need all the organization I can get. But I love decorating for Christmas! Thanks!!

  59. Sally A. says:

    Crap. Fine, I’m in. I want you to know that I am a little resentful as I feel manipulated by your list. This is a terrible commitment to make for a lazy person. Happy friggin holidays. :o) Is it terribly painful to be shanked?

    P.S. You are very creative, so do you have any good ideas on how to creatively dispose of pumpkins besides throwing them away (or at neighborhood children…can’t do that again).

    • Karen says:

      Sally A. – If you’ve carved and hollowed out the pumpkin it’s pretty much done for. The only thing it’s good for is compost or livestock feeding. If it isn’t carved or hollowed you can cut it into wedges, cook it, and turn it into pumpkin puree which you can then freeze. It won’t be as good as a sugar pumpkin puree. ~ karen!

  60. Brandi says:

    I’m going to try to take the pledge this year. But I promise nothing.

  61. Ana Rocadas says:

    I love the pledge! Everyone thinks I’m crazy for sending out my Christmas cards on Thanksgiving Day, but it’s always been such a great help getting that out of the way. I’m already barreling through my Christmas shopping list!!

  62. Kim says:

    you should post a warning on some of your posts:

    Do not drink coffee and read this post. Monitor and keyboard are offended by spitten coffee.

  63. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK..but I’m not going to like it..Until Dec.1st that is..then I will love it..But I am going to put two trees up this year and plan to do it early..Scary..yes..A lunatic..definitely..

  64. Susan says:

    I’m in. Shopping already done, and am halfway through a few gifts I’m making. Cards are in process. I love being ahead of things, and the feeling of not being dashed against the rocks of Christmas, but, instead, riding into it on a smooth and calm wave.

  65. Sarah A. says:

    I’m in! I’ve tried to stay true to the pledge the last several years and I have to say it has been great! Yes, reading your post today stresses me out (already? but we still have so much time before Christmas!). But the last few Decembers have been really wonderful just by being organized in November. We are having a Christmas party at our house on Dec 7th, so by then I should be ready for anything! Thank you for the motivation!!

  66. kipper says:

    Sounds great except the dancing to jazz music. Will play big band music instead.

  67. Bols says:

    I can definitely promise that on December 1, I will be lounging on the couch with flickering candles and eating shortbread (most likely, store-bought) as on November 30th, I am returning from Puerto Rico and I will have to get over the shock of going back to work on Monday, Dec. 2nd.

  68. Brie says:

    I’m IN…. again! Works like a charm 🙂

  69. Patti says:

    It has never even occurred to me to leave December free for fun holiday type stuff that I may WANT to do. I’m usually wrapping the gift in the driveway of Grandma’s house on Christmas day yelling “Whatd’ya mean you forgot the scissors!?!” I’m gonna try it!

  70. Gail says:

    Ok, OK, I get it! Now that I have a daughter who REALLY procrastinates, I see the point! Well taken! Will DO! sign me up! Calendar is already filling up for December- fun times ahead!

  71. Rondina says:

    I’m in. Kind of. The problem is that I get ready and then the Christmas spirit hits in December—when I’ve already done everything. I have noticed that the Christmas commercials aren’t starting as early this year. To balance this out, even more stores in the US are open 24/7 during Thanksgiving. I feel sorry for those who are forced to work during a weekend meant to be with family and friends.

    • Karen says:

      Rondina – Anything you think is fun to do for Christmas you can do in December. Love wrapping? Do it in December. Love baking cookies? Do it in December. Love shopping for stocking stuffers? Do it in December. ~ karen!

  72. apryl says:

    I’m one of those who have avoided the Christmas pledge in the past, but I’m biting the bullet this year… signing up!

  73. Alicia says:

    Okay, I am new to this. And I am being honest when I say that I am quite “the procrastinator”, but I pledge to get it done. Yes, the gifts, etc. (and to even get them wrap) and I do need to finish up my bathroom floor, re-finish the kitchen cabinets and put the new flooring before Dec. 1st! Oh my, I better get to work!

  74. Brandi says:

    I pledged last year & failed miserably…so this year I’m guaranteed to at least improve!

  75. Cindy says:

    I’m in with the pledge. Besides, those assault charges can be a little difficult to beat sometimes.

  76. Debbie says:

    I’m afraid, but what the heck. IF all fails I will just get shanked again. I am signed up.

  77. Shauna says:

    Oh, the Christmas pledge. I so want to take it. I want to every year. But at this time every year, I’m in full swing of trying to get ready for Thanksgiving. I can’t even think about Christmas just yet. As an added bonus, this year I will be in a craft fair on December 1st. That means, I have to make all my wood signs between now and then, plus get everything ready for Thanksgiving, travel for Thanksgiving, come back, and make sure I have everything I need for the set-up for the craft fair. All while working a full-time job, taking care of my child, my 4 chickens, 2 cats, 1 fish, oh yes, and the new puppy we just got on Halloween.

    I think I might have just gotten a canker sore just thinking about adding the Christmas pledge to my list. BUT, I’ll read it every day and wish that I could some of the stuff on the list.

    Good luck to everyone else though:)

  78. Sabrina says:

    I’m in! I really want to only do the good stuff with my 3 young children (5, 3 and 1) this December. I bought some presents today, so I guess it’s a good start. I found your blog this October and I really think you are a funny girl. English is not my maternal language (I’m French Canadian) but I really enjoy reading your posts and the comments of your followers. Keep going!

  79. Adrienne in Atlanta says:

    It’s a brilliant idea that I laughed at last year and then promptly forgot about entirely.

    I want to say yes, but I’m a commitmentphobe and just can’t until I see the “how/when-to” calendar. I’ll admit, your master plans are always a good read.

  80. ally says:

    So on board. In fact, 75% of my shopping is already done. (ducking)

  81. lori jones says:

    I am on the line with this one. but will give it my hardest ,to do it! as we just moved in to a new house and I am going to see our kids in the mid of Nov. and then in DEC. we are going to go see them for Christmas, that is if all works out. So their Christmas presents might just be us coming down to see them. I know shame on us. but hey money is really tight this year. 🙁

  82. Sara says:

    Karen!!!! I need this pledge in October now! I tried to think ahead. I really did. I learned last year when my daughter turned one 11/20, that I end up spending November getting ready for her birthday and then I’m way behind on Christmas. I love having everything done by 12/1. I just don’t know how I’ll swing it. Right now I’m trying to make sense of a Pancake and Pajama Brunch for a cute soon-to-be-two-year-old. If only I could set this blog post to re-hit my feedly account 10/1 next year. Also, many people in the US get to put up their Christmas tree before 12/1 without any feeling of lunacy. The Friday after Thanksgiving when we’re all off work is a fantastic day to do so. 🙂

    • Pam'a says:

      For anyone with kids under five: If you get ANYTHING done before December 1, feel smug and wonderful. If you don’t, well, you don’t. No one will care.

      You’re not running your own life right now– You’re running several. You may need to take a good, hard look at what you’re expecting of yourself. Is it realistic? Is it something you really want to do, or just something that sounds like you OUGHT to want to do? Same for your kids– No sense knocking yourself out to throw a huge party for someone who can’t even hold a fork yet, because they won’t remember! No sense spending a month’s salary on them, either, because they’ll have just as much fun with a box and a couple of paper towel tubes. Save the fabulous gifts for later, when it matters.

      Most of all, just revel in the things you do as a mother. It’s the toughest, most rewarding job on earth. You’re much better off doing a few small things and being (relatively) calm than going for the Martha Stewart award and driving everyone from the house screaming.

      I know this– I lived it. 🙂

      • Sara says:

        Great advice! And no worries here! I’m no Martha Stewart. Just having a few friends over with their kids dressed in pajamas for pancakes and actually having the guest toilet clean is an accomplishment these days! 🙂

  83. Helana says:

    I’m in. But only because then I don’t have to feel guilty about the $26 worth of ornaments I carted home from the dollar store today.

  84. Barbie says:

    YOu’ve almost convinced me…but…..I kinda hate to decorate for Christmas when I really LOVE to have all the fall looking stuff out for Thanksgiving…I have a big dinner here every year. (USA) HOWEVER…I must say your list is very tempting….It is a laborious job decorating this house each year for Christmas..and have been trying to think of easier ways that don’t seem so much WoRk! hmmmmmm it’s a dilemma!

  85. Stephanie says:

    In, with a target of Dec. 7, as I’m behind schedule finishing a competition quilt for a Nov. 30 deadline. So I’ll be squeezing XMas prep into one week, but an early enough one I can relax and bake/eat cookies for the rest of December.

  86. wisconsingal says:

    Anything that can help me loose weight at Christmas time is worth it – I’m in!

  87. Count me IN.

    I did the pledge for the first time last year, and I swear, it made my December infinitely better. Like you said, Karen, it left time for the FUN stuff.

    Thanks for hosting!

  88. Laura Bee says:

    Is there a birthday pledge? Because I have nothing started for my daughter’s 3rd b-day on the 19th. Part will have to be the 17th I guess.
    Will do my best with the pleadge. Actually pulling out my lights tonight. Ha!

  89. Vicky says:

    I AM IN!!!!!

  90. Mindy says:

    Well crap. I want to take the pledge. But it gives me this weird anxiety flutter in my chest. Like what if I fail? What if I want all of those things on the left, but I fail and get the things on the right? I’m a crazy maniac in December. I want to relax by the fire and bake cookies and admire pretty wrapped presents and sing carols and enjoy free time with my kids. I do not want to get shanked. Please don’t let me get shanked. I want the happy, joyful, relaxing December dammit!!!

  91. Becky says:

    Dude. I’m in.

    Bring on the chocolate sprinkled firemen-shaped cookies on Dec 1st.

    Why fireman-shaped? Why not???

  92. Amanda says:

    I guess I’m a Lunatic.. My tree is up and looks so pretty!!
    I love the silly season, count me in.

  93. Marti says:

    Karen, what does it really say about you—this ridiculous desire to control everyone and force us all to have a successful holiday season? Really?

    I make my own Christmas presents. If I start now, I can raise a lamb, shear its wool and have a scarf for you by… 2015?

  94. Katy says:

    I, Katy, agree to take part in your Christmas pledge!
    Well, really, I’m forced to get all Christmas shopping and decorating done early this year since we’re travelling across country visiting family in the first few weeks of December.

  95. Thera says:

    My hubby is goina kick me lol.
    Thanks to this post, which I read and responded to this morning, I realized that we had no where in our living room to place a Christmas tree come December, so I have completely re-arranged the living room and removed quite a few items. Let the games begin and I blame it all on Karen!

  96. Grammy says:

    Uh-uh. Not gonna do it. Here’s why:

    My son’s birthday is the middle of November, and he lives many miles away so I have to shop for and mail his gifts in early November. Exactly one week after that birthday is my husband’s birthday, which sometimes falls on (American) Thanksgiving Day, and other years on the day(s) before or after but always requiring birthday cake to be baked in conflict with Thanksgiving pies. And there’s Thanksgiving.

    Many years ago a cherished family tradition arose because I tried to get important preparations (except the tree) done before December, and since November was a bust already, I shopped throughout the year for gifts. Then, every single Christmas (I’m not kidding) I would forget some really cool thing I got for at least one person, sometimes more than one. Because I had them stashed in different places at different times. So, round about March, I would cheerfully hand something wonderful to a loved one and say, “I got this for you for last Christmas.” After the first couple years, everyone would look at me during the opening of the gifts and say, “What did you forget this time?” And I wouldn’t tell them, either because I wanted it to be a surprise when they received it, or because I honestly didn’t remember I’d forgotten anything. Now everyone depends on finding out who will be the recipient of our own little “March Surprise” tradition, even though I don’t try any more to have everything done early. I still forget some, but I usually hold one thing out just to make sure.

    In my defense, I’m the only one not too lazy to put up a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, as well as the elf I made for my son’s first Christmas almost 50 years ago that now serves as my grandson’s personal harbinger of joy and looks amazingly like the commercial elf-on-the-shelf that’s all the rage nowadays, even though I designed and made it because I couldn’t afford “real” decorations then.

    Somehow I manage to get through the season with quite a lot of good will and pleasure, mostly because I think stress is for somebody else and don’t try to get perfect. No one would recognize me if I succeeded.

  97. Mickey says:

    I’m in.

  98. Roseanne says:

    I am definately in!!! I always try and start early but then pretty soon time flies by and your stuck in traffic waiting for a parking spot . Then fighting with some old lady over some dumb scarf. Great Idea, besides I don’t want to get shanked!!! Thanks, Merry Christmas!!!

  99. Jake says:

    I’m in, anything to stay sane. I do have my christmas lights up,cause I don’t want to do it in the freezing cold like the last few years. I also have a couple of prezzies tucked away. Seems I not such a dud, disregard what other people say about me.

  100. Nancy says:

    I missed it last year and this time I’M GONNA DO IT!!! I’m sick of doing Xmas cards and throwing them in the mail praying that they make it before Christmas Day! If only for that I’m in!

  101. I’ve been waiting for this! After the last few years of crazy weeks leading up to Christmas, I need this encouragement to get it all done so I can actually ENJOY the holidays. Doesn’t sound like such a crazy notion when you think about it 🙂

  102. Naomi says:

    I’m in, unless my whole household gets the stomach flu twice in November like last year. Then I’m in survival mode and all such pledges go out the window.

  103. Rebecca says:

    This is the first year I’m taking the Pledge. I can finally get the dust off my furniture.

  104. Ellen says:

    I have the best Holidays when I don’t do a darn thing….. so that is my pledge. Nope, not a scrooge, just refuse to be stressed over the Holidays. My whole family has taken this attitude and we have a great time. Try it!

  105. Julie says:

    I have only recently found you but I have practised this idea the last few years on my own and I’m definitely IN! Having December “free” is the best feeling!

  106. Sara says:

    I take the pledge! No slacking this year for me!!

  107. Kristin D. says:

    I’m in, but my lazy, procrastinating ass is scared half to death… I am not the sort of person who “does stuff”; I am utterly in awe of your apparent energy level!
    We, too, have a couple birthdays in November, plus I’m working at the hospital (American) Thanksgiving weekend while my family takes the long weekend at the cottage. I’m probably getting shanked, and/or arrested…

    • Karen says:

      Nah, you’ll be fine. And you don’t have to as much as me. Doing stuff is my job. (granted I did this much stuff before this blog) If you’re terrified once you see the calendar just pick 3 things to get done. You can do 3 things! ~ karen

  108. Janice says:

    I’m in! I hereby swear to abide by all rules of the Christmas Pledge, to do my best (wow–flashback to the days of being a Brownie) and procrastinate no more 🙂
    Yours Truly, a former lurker-now-subscriber-at-last,

  109. Julie says:

    I’M GONNA DO IT…. This year I’m really gonna do it – at least I WANT to do it! With your help, who knows! Bring on the eggnog & bourbon in December!!

  110. Elise says:

    Heck yes!!!

    I’m in.


  111. Kait says:

    Oh girl, I’m in.
    I always have to restrain myself from starting Xmas activity this early, but this gives me an excuse and a goal to focus on while making my ‘Shitty Xmas to-do’ list and ‘Awesome Xmas to-do’ list.

    One of the first things on my Awesome Xmas to-do list? Wrapping presents with dad and having an annual single-malt Scotch. Holiday bliss.

  112. Sarah In Illinois says:

    I, Sarah, agree to take part in the Christmas pledge!

  113. Charlotte says:

    Is it creepy to admit that when I bought my first Christmas gift of the year a month or so ago, I thought of you? Suffice to say I’ve been looking forward to this!
    I took the pledge last year and used my free time to volunteer at a few fill-a-shoebox-for-the-homeless events and host a mince-pies-and-mulled-wine night with my friends! Both activities made me feel more Christmassy than I’ve felt since I was a kid! So thank you Karen! Merry Christmas! (Too soon?)

  114. LuAnn Agustin says:

    I’m in! and ahead of the game cuz my outdoor lights are up… (since last year) heh. At least they weren’t plugged in all year… sheesh

  115. Carol says:

    I’m in, but I need my calendar. Where to find it? Time’s a wasting.

  116. I really don’t want to end up in jail so close to Christmas so I’m in!

  117. Marian says:

    I’m in! I’m a working mother of two boys. I get a lot of help from my husband, but I have trouble with getting gifts and sending Christmas cards on time.

  118. Renee says:

    I’m in! Perhaps, being organized will help me stop saying Christmas is a 4 letter word “X-m-a-s”!

  119. Jodi says:

    I am in!!! Though I hate, hate, hate seeing shops haul out their Christmas merchandise waaaayyyy to early! (This year, I kid you not, trees in Kmart on the 22nd of September! It gets earlier every year. Why they don’t just have it in one aisle all year round with the Easter and Valentine’s Day and Halloween stuff so we can ignore it until we deem it worthy of our attention. Ok, rant over. Thanks Karen for encouraging me to be organised.

  120. Zoe says:

    I’m in. I’m flying home to Ireland on the 12th December. so I really need to be done before that! The 1st it is :)! Thanks Karen 😀

  121. angela says:

    Taking the pledge but decorating tree this weekend!

  122. Dawn says:

    I’m mentally signing up – don’t want to put anything in writing in case I fail. Ah. Wait…

  123. SarahP says:

    Its always been my goal to be done by December 1st. I failed last year and suffered from the last minute hectic scramble – never again. I’M IN!

  124. Ange says:

    I’ve done it! Apartment is decorated, almost all presents bought and wrapped, online orders placed, I think I may have two or three presents left to buy and stocking stuffers. I just started a new (busy!) job so it feels SO nice to come home to a virtually holiday ready house after a long day.

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