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. 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 =]

  2. Nicole says:

    Uh, the dog ate my pledge?

  3. 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

  4. 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!

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