The Christmas Pledge Calendar

I told you earlier this week that I’d have a Christmas Pledge Calendar for you and I always keep my promises.  Unless it interferes with something I’d rather do.

Here is your Christmas Pledge calendar.

Now, I’m using the term Christmas loosely.  This calendar can be applied to any time sucking holiday that requires decorating, gift buying, card sending and cookie making. So … Channukah, Kwanza, the day Spandex was invented.  You get the idea.

Feel free to move things around, change it up a bit … this is just a guideline to the things you should be doing and keeping in mind.


Some fun places to shop online …

Abe’s Market – A mindful living marketplace. Everything from food to fashion.

Sephora – Every makeup product you could imagine. This orgasm is my personal recommendation.

Etsy – Duh. Kay .. sorry. I’m sure there are a few of you who don’t know what Etsy is. Etsy is a marketplace specializing in hand-made items.

The Museum of Modern Art – Unique and beautiful gifts.


A couple  of stocking stuffer ideas and places

Get custom M&Ms made with words and photos!

Etsy – I’ve had great success with fun little smalls from Etsy for stockings.

American Science & Surplus Fun stuff. Just PLAIN FUN STUFF!

Custom made iPhone case! Just upload logo or picture!


You may have noticed that you already have homework for tonight.  Scouring Pinterest and Etsy for wrapping ideas.  I’m quite strict with this first assignment.  If I find out ANY of you that signed the pledge haven’t been lounging on the couch browsing Pinterest I *will* find out and there *will* be repercussions.

Santa’s not the only one with with a God complex out there.


Have a good weekend and good luck with The Christmas Pledge!






  1. Barbie says:

    OK! I “almost” want to do this pledge thing…but decorating my house is the biggest hugest hardest job of all take me days and days…and once that is out of the way coast is clear….but I really don’t want to do that “before” Thanksgiving…. SUCH a dilemma! I do love the idea AND that calendar! Hmmmmmm….also all those websites and suggestions…..hmmmmmm

  2. Karen says:

    Hmmmmmmmmm. 🙂 ~ karen

  3. Barbie says:

    I beat Marti!! OMG! I was first to comment????? OMG! LOL

  4. Noelle says:

    Finish shopping by November 26? Have you hanging out with Rob Ford? Did you type this in a drunken stupor? There are people that are this organized? I’m lucky if my shopping is done by the 26th of December!
    I’m cross with you for making me feel inadequate. Thanks! ;p

  5. Karen says:

    I’m cross with you for not having your shopping done by December 26th! Heh. ~ karen!

  6. Jenny says:

    I have to work Thanksgiving weekend, so I’ll have to move the decorating to the weekend of the 23rd. Seems too early though. But I do not want to be punished for not being done by Dec 1. Karen can be scary.

  7. Tracie says:

    Hey, thanks Karen….looking very forward to the challenge! Was waiting for the calendar, and now I have zero excuses! Maybe I will be the organized one this year!! Stranger things have happened…..I think!

  8. Kathy says:

    Yeah! I am so happy to see this. I used to be all about doing Christmas things early and then the last few years I became a bit of a humbug. Something has changed again this year and I have already made a lot of progress with my shopping and have been the crazy person who is actually watching all the sappy, cheesy Christmas movies they have been playing every night since Halloween. I really want to be done early this year so i can just relax come Dec. 1st. Maybe it will actually happen this year!

  9. Tigersmom says:

    Is extra credit awarded for prior hours spent on Pinterest and Etsy while occasionally thinking about gifts for others? What if we have already purchased some gifts? (I’m seriously not trying to brown nose, I am just attempting to embrace my competitive side. Really. )

    And how do you decorate your house in just 1 day? It takes me 3, but we’re pretty seriously into Christmas around here. Not that you’re not, I’m just starting to think I may be able to pare down on the decorations a bit this year. It will be our 3rd Christmas in this house and the first one was a bit of a scramble as we hadn’t been here that long and it was a first time and the second one I may have gone a tad………. ok, I went seriously overboard. So, in addition to your pledge, I pledge to also ease up a bit on the decorations of the house so as to have more time to be less stressed.

    Thanks for introducing me to American Science and Surplus. My little science guy, aka my son, is going to love it.

    Oh, and if you have time (and now that have your P.O.Box address) could you do a post on the correct way to pack and ship a Norwegian Dwarf Goat from Texas to Canada in winter?

  10. Brigit Carpenter says:

    I’m with Noelle, feeling inadequate to the intentions are good but work and chores get in the way. I am, however, going to the local potter’s show tomorrow for gifts I want to buy mostly handmade gifts this year. Support local artists!

  11. cred says:

    I’m in! Being a commitment-phobe, I was hesitant but I can see no other way to survive this year. I know I didn’t make the pledge immediately when you proposed it (sounded more like a dare). But it did light a fire and I started making my list. I want my house to be as beautifully decorated as yours for xmas and I usually run out of time for many of the ideas that pinterest has imbedded.
    btw- I like that you recommend orgasm- and NARS multiple, no less. When recommending orgasm, it makes sense to specify multiple.

  12. Marti says:

    Great. Now I want a globular helicopter and a flashlight shaped like lipstick. American Science & Surplus is GREAT! Hurray!

  13. Pinterest it is. I am going there right now! Cheers

  14. Bre says:

    Yeah. Doable. I like this, Karen!

  15. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Woohoo! I am ahead of the game, I already bought all my wrapping supplies.

  16. Diana says:

    Hi Karen,

    I`m working in a shop and having christmas since August selling, building, decorating thousands of trees, wrapping gifts. ;O/ My son and his father have to decorate the tree and that is in our case on Dec 24th.
    The gifts okay- I have ideas but the whole familie decided to have birthday before xmas…
    So if you find out, I didn`t follow your calendar (I`m afraid you do;o) ) be kind and forgive. Because that`s what christmas means! Lol blink

  17. Oh Karen….you make it look so easy here. I have to begin the arduous task of re-typing my address list into my computer (it crashed last December). That alone will seriously cut into my Pinterest lounging. Although I already have my wrapping scheme planned and purchased (white and silver and sparkly incase you were wondering) so maybe I am actually ahead of schedule?


  18. And you know you know you have us Americans wrapping on Thanksgiving? All we do on that day is eat. And cook. And some people watch football.

  19. Debbie says:

    Hanukkah is the evening before Thanksgiving this year. This will not happen again until, oh, probably after the earth is in another ice age (thousands of years).

    List: Get Hanukiot (menorahs) out of basement and set up – the electric one in the window, as it is safer than flames by the window; buy oil/candles. In our family, we save our sanity by giving gifts only to children. Traditionally, gelt (money) is the gift. Since all of the children in the family are over the age of 17, a check (towards whatever they are saving for) or gift card is given – the Sunday comics have always been my favorite wrapping paper. (When they were little, we saved our sanity by asking each other what the kids wanted and working from there.) Put up a few Hanukkah decorations. Plan a Hanukkah dinner for the family. Buy ingredients, especially for latkes and sufganiot (jelly donuts) as cooking in oil is traditional. Get cards ready to send to friends who celebrate other seasonal holidays (Hanukkah cards are not traditional, though High Holiday cards are for Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur with the greeting of being written and sealed in the Book of Life for the coming year). Drive around and look at all of the beautiful Christmas lights in the neighborhood. (We really miss the house that had police directing traffic. Every inch of the house was decorated from top to bottom, including the separate garage. There was music and a sheet one could take from the mailbox with the history of the decorations, how much electricity they used and how long it took to decorate the house. The next door neighbors decoration – singular – was the best. There was a lighted sign with an arrow pointing to the decorated house that said, “Ditto”. We went every year to see this awesome house until we moved.)

    With all of that to do, I think I should take the pledge! We already have the oil for the Hanukiah and this weekend the Hanukiot will come up from the basement. The menu planning begins Monday – seriously – it is on my calendar. Gifts are the next Monday. The turkeys (two small ones, as that provides more legs) are on order. I’m trying, I’m trying! Thanks for the push!!!

  20. leslie says:

    Wait A Minute… You mean this calendar is for NOVEMBER????

  21. cathy says:

    Done and done. Although I must confess to re-jigging the calendar a bit; not much of a people cookie baker-I do dog biscuits, tho- I make my own cards so I put that task in its place.
    Everything looks good to go. This is a wonderful idea.
    And if you can ever get to American Science and Surplus, you will instantly recognize it as
    your Home Planet.

  22. NikiDee says:

    Welllll….I’m taking the pledge. I’ll be visiting relatives the week of the 17-24th so I guess I’ll just double some things up. I suppose I could stamp my lights & hang my cards. One thing I know for sure – since none of my gift recipients live in the same state with me I’ll be shoving my gifts in envelopes this year. Gift cards for all! Phew…that’s done. 😉

  23. Linda Robbins says:

    First laugh of the day. You to thank.

  24. Jodi T. says:

    I just lost 30 minutes of my life while looking at the Science & Surplus website… I found so many cool things that son is going to LOVE. Thanks for the suggestion!

  25. Bobbi says:

    The hardest thing for me will be the gifts because on American Thanksgiving everyone in the family hands out a gift list with ideas for items they desire. I prefer to buy things that folks want….what to do, what to do ….

  26. NikiDee says:

    Ok. Ok. I’ll take the pledge BUT I will be out of town the 17th-24th. So, I guess I can double up on a few things. I can stamp my lights & hang my cards. Then stuff my gifts. Yup, gift cards for all this year! Phew that’s done. Oh & sorry if this is a double post…I’ve been having trouble lately posting to your blog. Even open Explorer (yuck) just for you but today Explorer didn’t like me & refused my first post.

  27. Karen says:

    Nice try Diana. Get it done. ~ karen LOL!

  28. Karen says:

    Schedule doesn’t *have* to be adhered to. I mean, I recommend it ’cause I’m a pretty big force to be reckoned with but … you can move your wrapping day. They’re just guidelines and motivation. No big whoop. ~ karen!

  29. Karen says:

    Etsu has REALLY nice menorahs Debbie. Just in case you need another, LOL. I have NEVER, EVER heard of Hanukkah happening in November, let alone before Thanksgiving! That’s … strange! Like … really strange. ~ karen

  30. Karen says:

    Just slap a address label on it’s forehead and kick him out the front door. ~ karen

  31. Rebecca says:

    American Science and Surplus is awesome..great prices too! Except I just filled my cart only to find out they won’t ship to Canada 🙁 Boohoo.

  32. Jill says:

    I’m shopping for hordes of kids–they really don’t care so much about the wrapping, it’s all about what’s inside and how quickly they can get to it. May I please spend tonight online shopping for them instead? Pretty please? With a simple festive bow on top?

  33. Julie says:

    Yes Rebecca…I just did the same thing.

    Karen – have you actually shopped there? Cause we know you’re Canadian too!

  34. olequiltbat says:

    Went Christmas shopping last weekend, & got about 80% of the gifts bought. Already have my Christmas cards ready to sign. Last year when I did up the address labels, I did double sheets, so that this year all I have to do is slap those on the outside of the envelopes. I’m 73 yrs. old now, so my hand writing is not that great. Plus I have Dystonia on my whole left side which makes writing jiggly & messy….so typing the labels is easier for me…& much faster. Hus band does messages inside the cards for us. When I buy Christmas wrap, I usually buy enough for 2 years…so I have enough for this year again. However, I may need help from daughters to wrap all the prezzies, ’cause I have a hard time putting scotch tape on the ends. Gifts look like a 2 year old did the wrapping. LOL
    Good luck to everyone doing the Christmas Pledge.

  35. Karen says:

    I completely forgot that last year I loaded up a whole cart and when I went to check out was told no Canadian shipping. Boo. ~ karen

  36. sandra says:

    Yeah! Thanks for the calendar. I am all over the world wide web as directed… perfect since I am still house- bound. Ordered stamps, cards, wrapping paper and ribbon this morning. So out of character for me to shop before Thanksgiving…

  37. Karen says:

    Good job! ~ karen

  38. ally says:

    Noelle – hate to tell you but it’s Nov 8th and I’m almost done. Seriously. Only a couple of 1/2 gifts to get. Online shopping rules.

  39. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    YES SIR MA’AM!!!

  40. Deirdre Fowler says:

    Wow, amazing how you just made my life more difficult and easier at the same time. Good job.


  41. Debbie says:

    Thank you for the Etsy idea! In 2002, Hanukkah was on Nov. 30. I only went back as far as 2001 to check. I have to admit, it is strange, but then again, it is a different calendar!

  42. Tigersmom says:

    Are you sure you want to rely on the “kindness of strangers” to deliver your Christmas gift from me?

  43. Sammy says:

    I just may take this pledge!

  44. Karen says:

    I was kind of counting on the goat having some smarts. ~ karen

  45. Laura Bee says:

    well crap…I was actually considering some online shopping for the 1st time. Oh well, trying to keep it mostly local & handmade anyways. 🙂

  46. christine says:

    I’m doing things in such a strange order this year. Shopping is done and wrapped. Stocking stuffers are pretty much done (just have to do a “fit” test). And today, I found a glass deer at Superstore for $20 so it’s up! I have been looking for one since I saw your gorgeous house last xmas.

  47. Karalee says:

    I am in! The pledge made last Christmas the best one yet. You are brilliant Karen. Thanks for keeping us organized

  48. Judy says:

    I’m taking the challenge and just pinned it too! Thanks Karen for the schedule.

  49. Tigersmom says:

    Oh, you want a smart goat.

    Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh, I don’t now where to find one of those.

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