The Christmas Pledge Update



You may remember a few weeks ago I encouraged you to sign up for the Christmas Pledge.



That is the festive language you’re probably shouting right now if you didn’t sign up for the pledge.  The rest of us are knowingly nodding at each other as we pass on the street.  We recognize each other the same way most gang members do.

A bounce in our step.  A glow to our cheeks.  A tiny grin that could probably be interpreted as a smirk spreading across our faces as we remind ourselves that we took the appropriate steps to ensure the holiday season didn’t involve condemning perfect strangers to go straight to hell eating cat crap, screaming and arm waving in parking lots, or hiding under the couch until the festive season was over being nourished only by a single corn chip and a lint covered M&M.

So we are not swearing AHHHHHH…SHITFARKLES right now, because we embarked on the Christmas Pledge.  A contractual agreement to get most of what we have to get done for the holiday season by December 5th (only legally binding in a very small region of Norway).

I’m not done everything that needs to be done yet.  Not by a long shot.  BUT, I will be by December 5th.  And possibly sooner.

There are a few things that won’t get done because I just don’t do them yet.  The Christmas tree is always bought the weekend before my birthday (which is December 12th for those of you who want to send gifts).  So that goes up and gets decorated on the 8th or 9th.  I also like taking time to wrap my presents so I’ll be doing that in the second week of the month as well.  But I won’t have anything else to do so I’ll actually be able to enjoy it.

I’ll also be able to enjoy baking Klejner, shovelling snow if need be and maybe even making a scale model of the  Guggenheim out of Gingerbread.

So what have I accomplished up to this point?

  • Christmas Cards are filled out, addressed and MAILED.
  • 90% of presents are bought (still waiting for delivery on a few of them).
  • Exterior of the house is decorated.
  • Wrapping paper and ribbon are all picked out and ready to go (need to decide on tags).

And what do I still need to accomplish?
  • Decide on a dinner menu for Christmas Eve party.
  • Decorate the inside of the house
  • Get remaining presents, and a couple of stocking stuffers.

No problem!
Now … you knew this was coming.  How are you doing with the Christmas Pledge?
If you took it and you’re way ahead of the game I want to hear about it.
If you didn’t take it and you’re starting to shake uncontrollably and can’t leave the house because you’ve suddenly developed Turret’s I want to hear about it.  If you’re so stressed out you’ve taken to chewing on random stranger’s eyebrow hairs … I really want to hear about it.
Have a good weekend!




  1. Lynne says:

    Pfffffft. Now I’m officially pissed. Oh well – there’s always next year and the year after that and the year after that …..

  2. Rox says:

    I’m done! Tree is up, all presents are wrapped and hid. Baking starts tomorrow and Christmas eve jammies will be washed before wrapping tomorrow too. We’re celebrating on the 8th because it was the only day our whole family could be together, so while everyone is at the mall, I’ll be playing with my Grandies under the tree!

  3. jamie lynn says:

    i’ve looked at christmas crafts. and i plan on making one eventually. that counts, right?

  4. Sara says:

    Wait, there’s something happening this month? Huh…

    • Karen says:

      Well yeah. Duh. Christmas! But that’s not what we’re getting ready for. We’re prepping for Christmas 2013. Having prepared for THIS Christmas a year or so ago. ~ karen

      • Sara says:

        Sadly, I am a huge believer in Christmas pledges. I personally love to sit in my pj’s watching Elf over and over in December. However, this year I DID NOT take into account that my daughter’s first birthday was November 20th and that I’d want to pretend I was Martha Stewart, minus her minions, for that. I’m still recovering from the ground zero pink explosion. On to red and green I go. Maybe I’ll watch Elf in January. Her birthday was super cute though. You can check it out here if you need to verify my story. Ha!

  5. Melissa says:

    oh crap, holiday cards. I bought everything but never got them together.

    I’m making soap dishes during my pottery class for everyone, and they still need to be fired, but will be by Christmas. I bought local nice soap to include.

    We don’t get our tree until the 10th or so, any earlier and our heater dries it out to much.

  6. Barb says:

    Yep. Forgot to do the pledge thing but I’m nearly done too. I’ve been in this habit for years as I always started teaching skiing on the weekends and working at my paying job during the week for the month of December so there was just no time to get anything else done that month. I’m retired from both now but the habit continues which suits me fine. I shop and make stuff year round. Makes life a lot calmer and I can go skiing for fun while everyone else is swatting it out in the mall or wherever. Shopping online has been a godsend in the last few years. Also having to ship parcels overseas by the beginning of October gets me started, otherwise I’d have to pay the outrageous sums the post office wants for airmail.
    I still have baking to do at my leisure too. I don’t like to start that too early. Then time is needed to deliver gifts to my friends and neighbours. Enjoy the season by crawling out from under the couch earlier in the year !

  7. Tasha says:

    We are doing well! Christmas album made for the Grandparents. Gifts 90% bought, some need to be delivered. Cards (all three that we are sending this year!) bought from cute neighbour girl, with cheques to be written tomorrow. We made Christmas bags our of cloth a few years ago, so wrapping involves finding one of appropriate size and putting it in there. That will be done after we travel to my parents.

    To be done: pdfs purchased for husband (Dec. 4), candy purchased for child (Dec. 4), decorations up (this weekend), flag to make for my dad (next week, don’t ask). Now, if I could make all the bloody Christmas parties go this easily, I would be a happy camper.

    Once again, thanks!!!! This makes Christmas better for everyone.

  8. Barb says:

    Oh, one other thing I started doing years ago – sending my Christmas cards or letters in January. Everyone is used to the idea now and it gives me a chance in a slow month to sit down and enjoy writing to everyone. Real cards. Real handwritten letters. Real postage stamps.
    Some may think I’m bonkers but it works for me.

    And I purchase any wrapping or decor in January for the following year. Although my wrapping has changed to pinked edge fabric, or rubber-stamped newsprint. I recycle everything. The Christmas cards get made into small gift boxes for the next season. And I reuse any boxes, wrapping or ribbon we receive from anyone else. No pine cones out here though, so it’s a swag of a cedar bough. Just some ideas.

  9. Hazel says:

    Doing well, but need to keep momentum up!Putting off sewing a bag for a zimmer frame(!) and got a few other sewing bits to do. I also want knit a mouse fairy if I have time, otherwise that’ll be a fabric pincushion mouse.
    Cards mostly written, must do the last few.
    Have even done birthday presents for both parents which fall in the next 6 weeks (including my dad who is IMPOSSIBLE to get presents for- v chuffed!) and the two of my children whose birthdays are in the next month. Yes I know. The one closest to Christmas is my 3rd and when the due date was calculated as Dec 25th the midwife just laughed.

  10. Dawn says:

    I would be finished, except we have no idea what to get the in-laws as a ‘main’ present. Zip. Nada. Not a sausagey clue.

    My family is much easier – we don’t do presents, just food 🙂

    Oh, and I need to choose where my ‘charitable donation’ is going – my alternative to sending workmates Christmas cards 🙂

    • Dawn says:

      Hah – flash of inspiration has hit. Tickets to ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ are the answer. (Do you get that in Canada? I know the US has ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – it’s pretty much the same thing, but with UK celebrity-types!)

      Incidentally I can’t believe how many people put their tree up in November. Crazy fools 😀

  11. I am glad I didn’t take the Christmas pledge ’cause I am so totally screwed. Cardiologist decided to implant a heart thingy in my chest 2 weeks ago so very little is getting done because of the pain. The tree is up (allergies = artificial)on an end table (so the puppy can’t reach it) in the corner, no ornaments (to give the new kitten I bottle fed time to get use to it), not plugged in. Mikey the kitten doesn’t give a RA about the tree but, Arlie Farliegh and Liliuokalani (7 & 5 yr old rescues also bottle fed) are eating the tree. I like to think they are flossing after a meal….. I’ve been notified that most of the gifts ordered online before BF are no longer available so have to come up with plan b. Went out to dinner with friends who are up from Florida. Had my husband grab the pain meds before we left. Took 2 when we got there but, realized halfway through the meal that something was seriously wrong. He rechecks the bottle and had grabbed the muscle relaxers instead of pain meds. Forget Santa just send all his ffing elves.

    • Bobbi says:

      Janie…hoping you can just get some rest !! Don’t worry about the holidays….remember, those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      • Thank You Bobbi! My life has been like this for as long as I can remember. I should be use to it by now but, I’m not. Went to the grocery store with hubby the day after the pill mix up to pick up a few things, had a seizure right by the check outs. UGH! So I lose my driving privileges again for the next 6 months unless I tell the neurologist I was doing yoga….on the floor.

  12. Kate says:

    + Advent gifts for my sister – purchased, wrapped and given
    + Advent gifts for my mum – purchased, wrapped and given
    + Gifts – 90% purchased, some still on their way from exotic places
    + Christmas dinner – planned but not executed (unsurprisingly)
    + Secret Santa gift for workmate: bought

    To come:
    + Christmas tree (this weekend)
    + Some remnant wrapping

    I’m starting to breathe a sigh of relief and it feels goooooooood.

  13. Afraid to write it here in case I jinx myself…
    Not sending cards this year as Hubby’s Mother passed away. Can’t believe what a huge chunk of work that was till it came off my list, might never send another card!!
    Mince pies made, frozen but not baked.
    Please keep us updated on your list Karen!

  14. Cindy Marlow says:

    I’ve been a bah humbug Scrooge for several years but my six year grandson is living with me now and it is no longer an option. We put up a Charlie Brown tree that we dug from the yard that really sparkles. I still don’t send cards but I am vending at a holiday bazaar next weekend and next week I will make the rest of my products. I will use my bazaar (or bizarre) money for Cam’s gifts. That’s all she wrote!

  15. Hi Karen, I thought about taking the pledge, as of course it is an awesome idea…I am so glad that I hesitated as I would now be feeling like the biggest failure! 🙂 I do have a few tiny excuses for my complete and utter lack of organization this year,however, you have inspired me to start planning NOW for the pledge next year! Enjoy your weekend! -Cindy

  16. ev says:

    Ah, Christmas. Or, Bah Humbug! Took THE PLEDGE, failed miserably! Found out the homemade cards I designed will cost double to mail–still pondering that. Bought a new prelit, (allergic to tree pollen) which is going up on the 8th or 9th. Due to unforseen financial difficulties, still have gifts to buy. Daughter and son coming here on 15th to bake ____loads of cookies (I have a big oven), and they share w/me, so that will be done. All in all, I am about 55% done (nothing wrapped yet). So I hang my head in shame and am prepared to be shunned!

  17. Diane Amick says:

    Thrilled to be among the pledgers who are right on track…decorating (inside and out) DONE, cards purchased (done) and addressed TODAY, gifts all purchased and WRAPPED!!! (now just need to get them shipped), baking may or may not be a factor this year – haven’t decided if I need this as neighbor gifts yet (just moved into this subdivision in May – have only met 5 area neighbors so far)- Hey – maybe I’ll just have a party and invite all twelve families – then I’ll know them! I even had time to make numerous crafts that I’m taking to a holiday bazaar December 8th – wish me luck or guess what everyone on my list gets next year!!!

  18. Maryanne White says:

    I love the Christmas Challenge, it keeps you timely so the days just don’t fly by. I am almost done, wrapping will be done next week but that isn’t a big deal since I went green a few years ago and use very little wrapping paper. I have to finish decorating the house inside but will do on Sunday after spending a day in New York City tomorrow. That visit will put me in the mood to finish.

  19. Erica Filpi says:

    My cards were mailed the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my yard is decorated, teachers presents are purchased (wrapping paper is coordinated by classroom so it’s a quick grab and go), Toys For Tots toys are donated, inside my house is coming along. Now presents, I am only about 75% done shopping (and out of that I have wrapped 1/3 of those), but considering I have 6 kids I am doing great.

  20. Kathy W says:

    No, no, no…my birthday is December 6th, and nothing Christmasy starts before then. Except shopping, of course.

  21. Meg says:

    Done: house decorated inside and out, cookies baked and frozen, 90% of presents bought and wrapped. To do: cards, Christmas eve brunch menu. Thanks for inspiring me to get stuff done this year!

  22. Jamie says:

    tree up and decorated.
    most of presents purchased and wrapped.
    Inside of house decorated.
    Cards purchased through (will mail for you with free stamp!) and were scheduled to go out Dec.1st.
    Teachers gifts planned but not finished.
    getting new outfit to wear to holiday parties today.
    Christmas channels programmed into station in car.
    Christmas music playing in house.
    Feeling Great about holiday season!

  23. Thera says:

    Read the post, made the pledge, not a single thing done as the flu has been running amuck through our house 🙁

  24. Melissa says:

    urgh, &*%^ grumble, grumble $hitfarkles.

    Damn straight, I’m uttering that festive language right now. I miss the days of getting things done ahead of time. I still manage to buy my Christmas presents throughout the June to December time frame, but I seem to scramble with the other stuff. I think if I took cards out of the equation, I’d be much happier… so maybe I’ll tackle all those other items over the weekend and be done by the 5th.

    Can I still be in the club if I icksnay cards?

  25. Julie says:

    Yup, got the holiday-turrets that you speak of… I have had at least one sick kiddo throughout the entire fall, so any holiday prep that requires leaving the house has not been done. Anything that can be done from home is done. Does anyone know of any pediatrician’s offices where you can Christmas shop, get your gifts wrapped, or bake while you wait? I’m sure someone else is in a similar boat and might know this doctors office:)

  26. Tisha says:

    I didn’t take the Christmas pledge but I have 95% of gifts bought and just need to wait for them to arrive and wrap them, and put the tree up. My tree would have stayed up all year if it was up to me, but the hubby decided in April, that since we were having our house appraised, it might detract from the value (don’t ask) and took it down. He refused to listen to my argument about it being practically Christmas again and so it really could have stayed up with no problem.

  27. Mary Kay says:

    Procastinators – UNITE (tomorrow!) I will be one of the last minute shoppers on Christmas Eve – usually for stocking stuffers but we (my husband and I) are still out there and it is kinda of fun – watching all the men scramble to get their wives something.

  28. heidi says:

    I didn’t take it but all the gifts are purchased. Now I just need to make a list of other stuff that must be done. And I cheat, I almost always send out new years cards. (that way I can use photos from our trip to Florida the week between Christmas & New Years – beach pictures are more fun)

  29. Sandy says:

    I have got to wrap a few more gifts and do my Christmas cards and I am done.

  30. Michelle says:

    I am just about done with everything. Presents are all wrapped and everything is decorated inside and out with the exception of the tree. My son’s birthday is 12/13 so we try to do it after but it does not always work out that way. 12/12/12 this year for your birthday and for my grandmother that is turning 86. What great numbers to play in the lottery!!

  31. Jody says:

    My husband and son are away this weekend so just me and the dog and decorating this weekend. Most of the gifts are bought and lots of wrapping is already done. I’ll bliss out on Christmas movies this weekend while finishing the wrapping and few cards to be written. I love The Pledge.

  32. CBuffy says:

    It helps that (US) Thanksgiving was “early” this year, but yup, nearly done. And wow, does it feel GOOD! Now I can go to the store, mall, etc because I WANT to. Without that panic-y “deadline deadline” feeling. I do enjoy Christmas shopping. The music, the fake Santa, the decorations. Just not the angst that goes with… THANKS!

  33. Debbie says:

    Whoooooo hooooooooot I took the challenge and am 90% done!! Outside decorated (check), inside decorated (check), 90% of gifts bought (check)… next week I’m on the Steven and Chris show for a makeover, then aiming to bake up a storm, which should land me getting ready for the End of the World party by girlfriend is hosting on the 21st (I think you would enjoy this!!) and hubby to return home from Afghanistan on the 23rd!

  34. Natalie says:

    for the last 10 years or so, I’ve been trying to do this every year. Last year was the only time I didn’t, and it was TERRIBLE, terrible, terrible. Only made worse by reading along with how WELL yours was going last year.
    So, this year so far I’d say 65% of shopping is done, and a good portion of the remaining gifts will be baked (cookies and quickbreads) or canned (caramelized onion jam). Since I will have at least a week off work before Christmas, I am waiting to do those (oh, the joy of being a professional gardener! It gets too cold to work).
    The tree will be cut this weekend, plus finishing off my wreath. The card is still in finalizing stage, but will be printed this weekend.
    Oh, how nice it is to be on top of things!

  35. Sarah In Illinois says:

    Since my house is on the market, I had very little decorating to do this year! (no clutter!) I don’t send Christmas cards but would like to start that tradition next year. I have a couple days off next week and plan to spend one doing a shopping spree. Should be less busy in the middle of the week, I am hoping. We’ve already decorated gingerbread houses. I’m getting there!

  36. Diana says:

    I`m responsible for the christmasdecoration, Productlabeling and selling christmasgoods since August… So I`m (sorry) overfucked with all of that. When the Holydays are coming and the shopping spree ends, I calm down and get in order what needs to be done….

  37. Anita says:

    I started to get out the Christmas things last week and my hubby FREAKED. “It’s not even Advent! It’s not even December!” so I put everything off until December because who wants a freak for a husband? It’ll get done. It always does.

  38. Langela says:

    I have a photobook yet to do and then I done with gifts. Decorations are going up this weekend. Then I just have to wrap and I’m done.

  39. Susan says:

    Yep! Just like last year…haven’t started yet! Maybe by Christmas eve I shall haul out a few decorations and haul my tired ass off the couch and stick them up! I will send you pictures!:-) Funny thing about the gifts thingy too. After 4 kids and 8 grandchildren I have never yet not given everybody sensational presents! Somehow it all gets done!

  40. Alex says:

    Lalalalalalalala! I can’t hear you. I was supposed to get my cards done by this week and mailed out to my relatives overseas. Apparently now they’re going to get them come January. On the bright side the lights inside are up everywhere and somehow the fairy lights from the University lighting days do a bedroom real justice in the adult years.

  41. Jen says:

    Outside lights up, Xmas cards half written. Vacation week next week and I have BIG plans to knock out everything else. That is, assuming the kids actually stay healthy for a week…

  42. Pru says:

    90% of the presents are purchased. Some are already wrapped. Cards sent. Overseas presents and cards also sent. Decorations are down – house being decorated this weekend – tree will arrive the week before Christmas. Just working out what baking to do, and filling my diary with fun evenings out which don’t involve racing around the shops and panicing! Yippee! (Oh and I am rather enjoying my friends being envious of me being so cool about CHristmas) 😉

  43. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    AHHHHHH…SHITFARKLES..I knew there was something I was supposed to do..Oh Well.I’ll be OK..As long as I don’t visit a certain very small region of Norway that please excuse me while I get this guy’s eyebrow hairs out of my mouth..YEAH..That’ll teach ya to get in my way when I’m shopping buddy!!!!!

  44. nicole d says:

    i finished all (but one gift) my shopping on cyber monday, and are just waiting for them to arrive at my doorstep… and i have a good excuse for not decorating… i’m moving… on the day after christmas… so all i have up is a mini tree… anything more would just mean more last minute packing…

    and i’m with you on the gift wrapping… its ready to go, but i want to take my time, and do it all at once, when my other gifts arrive. 🙂

  45. Patti says:

    Wahoo! This makes me so happy! I totally took the pledge last year and it made my life delightful!

    So! I have 95% of my gifts purchased, including the stockings. I have planned what baking and treats I will be making. I have planned what food I will bringing to my assortment of Christmas dinners. TheGuy and I are putting up the Christmas tree this weekend, and we`re going to pick up the two remaining gifts together on Sunday. I invented a new Christmas decoration for myself which makes me scream with glee every time I see it:

    Phew! This is really the BEST IDEA, EVER!

    AND – on Saturday, I`m making Fire broth soup – thanks for the tip about the chipotles, Karen. I found them in the International Section! 🙂

  46. Pat says:

    Oh, right , December is tomorrow! What have I done? N-O-T-H-I-N-G!!!! Now, I do need to admit that I have a somewhat short shopping list which I have in my head and I will decorate the house from dawn to dusk, tomorrow, the official start of the season in my mind. Tree will go up on the 10th. Sooooo, I do have a plan. And some things, I have just taken off the list as I become, well, I’ll call it, more seasoned. My favourite pass time the few days before Christmas day is to go shopping and not actually shop but to enjoy the stores in all their glory as I will not be feeling any self imposed pressure.

  47. Karen on the Prairies says:

    Happy to announce that I’ll be ready by Dec 5th too. Thank you for the inspiration to pledge!

  48. Stephanie says:

    Ok. I have to explain. I actually do the reverse Christmas pledge… Because of my life revolving around a university calendar, I don’t do ANYTHING Christmas until finals are over. I am an overdoer when it comes to holidays. When I tried to get it all done beforehand the shopping and ideas would just get bigger and MORE by the actual day. This led to holiday madness. And Mad spouse when he saw the checkbook. So we have 2 weeks of Christmas Crazy and I enjoy every minute! I only wish I could keep the tree up until MY birthday on January 27 but the man just laughs and takes it down after New Years.

  49. Tres says:

    Cards – sent
    Tree – up and decorated
    Outdoors – decked out
    Indoors – glitter and garland everywhere
    Gifts – wrapped and under tree
    Stockings – stuffed and hanging
    Cats – playing hockey with various ornaments from the tree
    Dogs – sleeping
    Meal – catered
    Holy Crap, I am DONE! I love this pledge.

  50. Natika33 says:

    Oh wow! I’m such an underachieve compared to everyone here. I’ve done absolutely nothing. I have a good excuse though – I’m avoiding it altogether and going to Thailand. (^_^)

  51. Laura Bee says:

    Hoping to get the lights up outside today. Presents are all done but one or two & the stocking stuffers. Starting baking with the sister tomorrow. Feeling very relaxed.

  52. Dana Kee says:

    I’m on-on! 90% of gifts purchased, Christmas cards filled out and going in the mail tomorrow (I refuse to send them before it’s actually December), Wrapping paper is ready to be put to service.

    Remaining To-Do’s:
    Decorate house and tree (again, it MUST be December before I’ll do that)
    Decide who’s house to eat dinner at
    Mail gifts to out of town family

    So glad I took the PLEDGE!!

  53. Sarah A. says:

    I took the pledge and I just about on track. 80% of gifts purchased, and I’ve finally decided what to buy for the last 20% so that will be done today. Travels plans made. Outside decorations layed out in the garage & waiting for a break in weather to put them up. Tree to be purchased this weekend. It feels so great to have Christmas handled! Thanks, Karen for getting my butt in gear!

  54. Larita says:

    Didn’t take the pledge, but almost done with gift shopping. Oh, heck… when I think it through, I’m not even close. I just have the easy ones bought and have a bunch to make yet. No decorating before Dec 1 around here, possible later as I have two toddlers and an entire month of “don’t touch!” seems a bit much. No meals or get-togethers to plan.

  55. West Coast Nan says:

    I can honestly say I am in control this year! Most of my gifts have been purchased. The tree and inside will get done this weekend and the outside lights are up, just a few Grinches need to be go up as well. I only send out a few cards so they can be done this weekend too. Cookie exchange on the 16th means I will bake that weekend so everything is fresh and then I mail off all the cookies I get that my family don’t like to my Dad on the 17th (that’s awin-win in my book). Just have to do a major grocery shop for everything – I like hitting Stupidstore at 7am on a Saturday to get through quickly with the least amount of other shoppers. I don’t think I even need to go to the mall!

  56. Shauna says:

    I’ve bought most of the presents and some of the stocking stuffers. I still need stuffers for my son. My husband likes to do the outdoor decorating, so I’m waiting for him to get the Christmas shtuff out of our carriage house. I have multiple kids birthday parties (1 out of town) and a craft fair I’m selling at this weekend, so decorating may have to wait. I don’t send out cards. I vowed every year to do it and never did. I’ve now realized it’s not me, I won’t ever do it, so don’t even put it on the list. I MAY send out Happy New Year cards.

    As for your birthday – you need a P.O. box that you can give us so you feel safe to receive gifts without the fear and threat of all of us stalking you and showing up at your house for Christmas Eve dinner.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I do have a P.O. Box for that exact reason. 🙂 ~ karen

      • Shauna says:

        Great, then I think you should post it because I totally, maybe, probably (if I can get it on my to do list) will most likely, perhaps send you a gift for your birthday/Christmas:)

        After all, you give so much to us all year long.

  57. I’m glad you now use the postal service. I remember when you used to stuff the card through the smallest slot of a tack box the day before Xmas. It would be destroyed. However, I did display the crumbled card on the top of my tack box. I cannot remember but I’m sure the next time you were in you took the card down! haha..
    ps. I finished in October!

    • Karen says:

      HI Brian. LOL! I don’t remember doing that at all. Ahhhh riding. Best time of my life. Haven’t been on a horse in years now. 🙁 And you’re right. I probably did take the card down. Sounds like me. You know. Being all nice to people but not wanting anyone to know. I have a reputation to uphold. ~ karen

  58. marilyn says:

    omG doesn’t anybody fly by the seat of their pants anymore!!!

  59. Cathy says:

    OK, I didn’t officially take the pledge, but a year ago we agreed to open our house to the town’s garden club Christmas tour, which is this Sunday. So, as of tomorrow at 4pm, two Christmas trees are cut, set up and decorated, two dining tables set, $300 worth of fresh garland hung everywhere, blah, blah. Did I mention we have processed and bottled about 30 bottles of our own honey and I canned about a dozen jars of pepper jelly for gifts. That being said, I haven’t bought or written cards, shopped for any gifts, or made one cookie. But, now that the decorating is done, maybe I’ll actually have time for that stuff!

  60. I cut way, way back this year. I have to do cards, and a pile of baking that has to wait. But I’m ahead on gift making- though through some weird dimensional rift my list is getting longer rather than shorter. At least the tree didn’t go up on Halloween this year.

  61. Zala says:

    It’s strange and unseen before this year but I have most of the ‘musts’ under control. But now am freaking out and stressing about the things I want to do for fun. Weird.

  62. Reg says:

    I didn’t take the pledge, but I wanted to. I was afraid of failure and consequences. People pointing and guffawing, picket lines in front of my house with ‘Martha would not be pleased’ written in large neon letters, very neatly. But I’m almost done. Presents all bought, no circling mall parking lots this year looking for parking. Still have to wrap and do the interior and exterior. I usually wait for a minor storm to put the lights up. I have to suffer for my art. Actually, today looks like a good day for putting up lights. It’s really cold, dismal and windy.

  63. Jasmine says:

    I hosted an evening last night showing and selling my husband’s woodwork and my paintings-until that baby was put to bed I could hardly think about pledging ANYTHING. But, along with prepping the house, I managed a couple of Christmasy things. I have a wreath on my door (yay!), the Christmas boxes have been brought out of storage (yay!) and I created the most adorable Dr Suess Christmas tree outside my front door (triple Yay!). I love it so much that I am considering having one inside from now on. (If I could attach a pic, I’d show you and you would be unbelievably impressed and jealous)

  64. Pati Gulat says:

    Not doing a whole lot this year because we’re spending the 8th thru the 16th in North Carolina cos MY GRANDDAUGHTER will be born on the 11th !!! Have bought all the gifts tho and they’ve been shipped and also decorated the inside today. I didn’t take the pledge but now that I’ve written all that out it appears I JUST MAY be right on track !! WOW !!

  65. TorontoBoy says:

    These days Christmas is simply a marketing campaign. Without trodding down the religious path unnecessarily, I think that people have forgotten to appreciate the simple things in life. Like simply appreciating the fact that you got to walk on this earth another 365 days and spend it with those you treasure and love. For the past 3 years I’ve asked loved ones not to buy me any gifts. As they say, objects are simply that … objects. I’d rather people treat me with the same level of respect that I offer to others.

    • Karen says:

      TorontoBoy – That’s Thanksgiving! I love every single thing about Christmas. I like the giving the presents and getting the presents and the twinkle lights and the special foods I only make this time of year and the good mood it puts people in and the decorating and the fact that it happens once every single year. I love all things Christmas from the Coke Santa Claus to the brown wrapping paper. ~ karen!

      • TorontoBoy says:

        Touché Mrs. Karen, touché! I will have to admit that I do enjoy the Christmas decorations and ornaments that adorn most people’s doors, rooms, windows, and front yard. Recently I was surprised to see the larger than life lit reindeers that tower over the shoppers in the Eaton’s Center.

  66. Kathy says:

    O.K. so today, in the giant windstorm and power outage, I braved the streets to find light and a plug for the computer, and saw a crew cleaning up after chipping my Christmas tree!! Yeah, I tend to salvage my tree from something the paid tree guys cut down, and it could have been the top of that redwood tree had they not chipped it first. O.K. another storm is blowing through tonight – I’ll be out with the saw really early in the morning – might find the tree after all!!!!
    The presents, they just come in the mail and the UPS guy, right? So I leave the lights on, when there are any, so they can find my address. That’s how it happens???

  67. Teresa Messick says:

    Ah, yes! I took the pledge and I am right on target! Yahooty! We are going tonight to pick out our tree and will decorate it when we get home. My teenagers are rolling their eyes because they are way too cool for such holiday frippery, but one day they will come back to their senses and rush home from college to hang their ornaments! All but three gifts have been purchased ( I know what I’m buying) and it all sits blocking access to my closet. I decided to get crafty and repurpose the brown packing paper that we get at work for my wrappings…I seriously need to tackle that this weekend because for one, I can’t get to my closet, and two the crazy schedule of school performances, birthdays, and Christmas parties commences next week. Thanks for the challenge and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!

  68. Sue says:

    OK, I didn’t actually take the pledge because ya know I wanted to play both sides of the fence. Take credit if I was successful and hide under a rock if I wasn’t. But I’ll take credit for 90% of presents bought and wrapped. House decorated, cards addressed and stamped, menus in place. Tomorrow will finish the outside lights and put up and decorate the tree where plenty of shits and farkles will be uttered! This will leave plenty of time for imbibing in spirits and playing ping pong in a pirate hat. Oops did I just say that?

  69. Sarah says:

    I still haven’t mailed my thank you cards from my wedding in September.

  70. Judy says:

    Didn’t take the pledge. First, I’ve heard of it but I am preparing for xmas. Here’s my progress.
    – Cards mailed. I do the photo one with the kids. I send out 50.
    – Gifts to Australia and Newfoundland ready for mailing this weekend.
    – Tree and Advent calendar are up.
    – House is 70% decorated
    – Most gifts are purchased
    Left to do
    -Door and Table arrangements. Taking a workshop on Monday and Tuesday at the RBG.
    -Stocking stuffers for the kids. I made giant ones years ago so I fill them with everyday things like toothbrushes and shampoo. The kids thinks it’s a riot.
    -Sewing a new christmas runner for the dining room table. Have the fabric. Just need to sew.
    So I might make your deadline of Wednesday. That would be great! I work in retail so it’s super busy this time of year.

  71. Pam'a says:

    I’m incredibly impressed with you all, honestly! For the rest of us, it might be important to know that it’s spelled “Tourette’s.” I’m nearly there. 😉

  72. Melanie says:

    I’m surprisingly far along in my pledge duties, considering I refused to actually commit to the pledge (because I’m a wimp). We’re getting our tree tomorrow (because getting a real tree in California before December means youll have a dead tree carcass in your living room come Christmas day.) We’ve got all of our decorations purchased and ready to hang once the rain clears a bit and stockings all cut and ready to be sewn. We’re starting from scratch this year, making new traditions together and all that crap so I have a lot of extra things to do since theres no giant box of musty decorations to start with, but I think we’ll be pretty far along come the 5th. 😀

  73. Nancy says:

    Shitfarkles! Shitfarkles! Tell me why am I sitting here reading how much everyone else has done and I’m staring at totes of Christmas stuff to put up? I’ve been traveling a lot in the last few weeks, back and forth to see my mom who is terminally ill in another state, so I really have the blahs. BUT, I want and need a kick in the a** to get moving! I know it will make me feel so much better to have the normalcy of the holidays in my home. I think I’ll try to start this weekend and have it done by the 15th to enjoy at least a few days, do you think it’s doable?

  74. Diane says:

    Ahhh I love a challenge and the Christmas Pledge was a great way to end the year. I have all the decorating done (minus the window lighting which will be finished mid week) and the tree is complete. All stocking stuffers and gifts have been purchased/made with the exception of one gift that I will order tomorrow (and awaiting one more delivery). I’ll be wrapping most of these tomorrow. All of my cards are ready to mail. The rest of December I will craft and bake whenever and however I wish, with no deadlines and no stress. Oh and snoop…now there’s lots of free time for snooping, to find my presents from Santa! No…I would never do that! 😛

    And as always, the next two days will be spent decorating my Dad’s house. Fa la la! 🙂

  75. Chris says:

    I wish I could have made the pledge but I knew it might not be possible so less pressure was the best way to go so I can sing jingle bells when someone is flashing me the bird in the mall parking lot. I cannot get my front yard decorated yet since they are delayed to do my roof. Until it is done I will have a well lit backyard!!

  76. jojo says:

    ahhhhhh. shitfarkle! Is it really December already? Still stuck doing hurricane clean-up, and hoping that “good weather” (meaning no snow) holds until I can get my house closed up and secure. Brain is almost ready for procesing the fact that November just slipped away.

  77. Nina says:

    Happy early Birthday, Karen! Well, this pledge is so awesome and something I wish I’d done 30+ years ago. I’m usually the one under the sofa hiding and eating a lint covered M&M. This is the very first time in my entire life that I got up in the wee hours of Black Friday and went out by myself and came home with 95% of all the gifts I need to buy. whooooo hooooo!!!! I am always stressing about the gifts and what to buy for whom, and how many, etc.. Not this year! Still no tree up, but that will happen on the 8th. Christmas Day dinner is at my home every year and it’s potluck, so I’m in charge of the ham and turkey.. ahhhh… I’m so relaxed now. Just a couple more gifts to buy. Oh and that’s including 9 grandchildren! yikes.. Here’s wishing everyone an awesome Christmas!

  78. andrea meyers says:

    i was actually considering skipping the cards this season. but no! its the ONLY time we have a decent family photo, im obliged to mail it to everyone we know, and they dont even care!

  79. Annie Kip says:

    crap – I am so not on top of things this year. I am having the worst time coming up with presents for my kids who don’t want or need anything. Isn’t that REE-diculous!!?? But I knwo they will be really sad if there are not things to open on Christmas morning, besides socks and underwear.

  80. allyson says:

    Christmas cards done and mailed last week. Outside decorating done. Inside decorating done, except tree which is scheduled for the 8th. All gifts bought, awaiting delivery on one or two. Elf on Shelf arrived on Dec 1st as scheduled – so far he’s been moved each night as required. All stocking stuffers bought. All entertaining planned, baking planned and ingredients purchased. one pair of socks left to knit. Even gifts for teachers, etc. are purchased and ready to go. so there!

  81. Alicia says:

    Hey Karen! I took the pledge! I’ve gotten all of the christmas decorations out (although not put up yet) and the fall decorations put away. I’ve made out all of the cards for work, taken the photo and had our “friends and family” cards made, settled the menu for christmas dinner and have started buying for my kids. I’m much further along this year than I was last year, thats for sure!

  82. Ana the Hated (@ParrotTalkBack) says:

    Interior and Exterior decorated
    Christmas cards all sent out
    Gifts 80% bought, waiting for delivery

    To do:
    Assemble wrapping paper, ribbon, tags
    Wrap gifts
    Plan menu for party at fella’s place
    Clean car & trunk for gift delivery

  83. Nicole says:

    Uh, the dog ate my pledge?

  84. Chris says:

    Not to brag or anything, but my christmas cards were handmade, addressed, stamped and ready to be mailed in JULY!! I did wait until after Thanksgiving to put them in the mail.
    Chris =]

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