The Christmas Pledge
Take 2.

I got a takeout coffee last week.

For those of you in Italy, Portugal and the like, a takeout coffee is a coffee they give you in a paper cup that you leave the coffee shop with. You do not have to bring the cup back.

So, to further explain you buy a coffee and then … you take it  out into the world with you. Takeout coffee.

You can take it with you wherever you’re going. To another store or on a walk or to the mall.  If you aren’t familiar with  malls, they’re just like hell but instead of fire and brimstone, there’s teenagers and fluorescent lighting.   And Cinnabon.

You do not have to relax in the cafe you purchased the coffee in. The concept of the takeout coffee allows you to maintain your rapid fire North American pace of a chihuahua on speed.

Now that I’ve cleared that up I’ll get back to my story. I got a coffee last week that came in a holiday cup. It was a deep red with white snowflakes all over it. It screamed CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!!

And then *I* screamed CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!!  Right there in the coffee shop.



So it is with great sadness that I must tell you  … it’s time to take the 30 day Christmas Pledge.

It was one year ago, almost to the day, that I announced last year’s Christmas Pledge and invited you to take the challenge with me.  The challenge I present you with, is to get all the crap you need to get done for the holidays, before the holidays. Within the next 30 days to be precise.  That will give you the entire month of December to actually enjoy the holidays.  To embrace them instead of dread them.

If you take my 30 day Christmas Pledge, by December 5th you will be done everything you need to do.  Your present buying, your house decorating, your Christmas Card sending … all of it.  Freeing up the entire month of December to do stuff you want to do.  Create a life sized Gingerbread House?  You can do it.  Knit your pets leisure suits out of cooked spaghetti?  You can do it.

The possibilities are endless when you take the Christmas Pledge.

So take the Christmas pledge with me …


“I,    (insert name here)   being of sound mind and slightly jiggly body, agree to take the Christmas Pledge.  I pledge to get all the crap done I need to, by December 5th.  And then I will lounge and eat chips.” [/print_this]


This pledge is applicable to Hanukkah or Kwanza or whatever other holiday you celebrate that seems to last for a month.

I will be keeping you updated as to my progress (I actually hope to be done by Sunday, December 2nd but I’m an overachiever like that) and I expect you to do the same. Come the first week in December, I plan to be full of Christmas cheer and as far away from hell as possible.


  1. Susan Dulley says:

    Ok, I take the pledge…however, I do this every year. Tree is up on Thanksgiving, so that we can light it just after dinner, during dessert on Thanksgiving evening. Then, the tree stays up until February 28th, or 29th, depending on the year. I work in retail…actually seeing the tree does not happen until after January…of the next year…seeing it in a way that it actually deserves to be seen. I am an amazing Tree Decorator. It deserves many, many hours of admiration. I will send you a pic. You will be amazed. I am, every year. for months, actually. I am ready, on your mark, get set…GO..GO…GO..! There will be snow, won’t there? Please Santa Claus, let there be Snow. That…and the continued health of myself and my children, is all I ask. Nothing more, just that….and a fantastically decorated Christmas House.

  2. Ella says:

    What are your thoughts on Christmas cards? Can you dispense me from doing them? I really hate them. I suppose it’s nice to receive them, but….

    • Karen says:

      Sorry Ella. They’re mandatory. MANDATORY. You will be judged by the amount of cards on your mantle and you only get as many as you give. MUST GIVE CHRISTMAS CARDS TO PROVE YOUR WORTH! That is all. ~ karen

  3. Becky says:

    sigh. ok.. I pledge. Are you going to give us tasks? i don’t think I can handle it on my own without reminders.

    Last time a Christmas challenge was issued, I refused to buy a present– but i acquire a fantastic satin lined box that will hold a present, so that counted in my mind.

    • Karen says:

      Well Becky .. this is actually last year’s pledge, LOL. THIS year’s Christmas pledge will begin next week. Tuesday I believe. And yes .. there will be weekly reminders and a calendar. ~ karen!

  4. Carol says:

    Bar decorating the house and tree … I am already lounging and eating chips … if I manage, in this pledge time, to knit anything from spaghetti .. do I get a prize??

    • Karen says:

      Um. Yes. Yes of course you do. I just can’t think of what the prize is right now. But it’s definitely something. ~ karen

  5. Joyce says:

    I have almost an hour before I go to work. I should be cleaning something or cooking something or decorating something but, instead, I am reading your blog and trolling Facebook. What does that say about the odds of my success if I were to actually agree to take this challenge, hmm?

  6. Jen says:

    “I, Jennifer Renda being of sound mind and slightly jiggly body, agree to take the Christmas Pledge. I pledge to get all the crap done I need to, by December 5th. And then I will lounge and eat chips.”

    I forgot to add this to my comment above. And most likely cram like a crazy woman instead of eat chips.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Jen. This is a horrible thing but … you’ve just committed to taking last year’s Christmas pledge. :) Not to worry. There will be a new one starting next week. ;) ~ karen!

  7. Jen says:

    Okay. Fine. I will give this a shot.
    I’m a MBA student, and looking for work. Hubby works overnights.

    If we don’t get started on this stuff soon…. It’s gonna be a nightmare with with my final in December, the exact Saturday before Christmas to be exact.

    I have to go shopping now, and will see about getting the Holiday Greeting cards while I am out.

  8. Kal says:

    So last year (no kidding) I put a note on my calendar “Karen’s Christmas Pledge” I thought we were starting 1 October so I’m READY. Are you ready to announce it for 12/2013? I can’t even believe I still have the post-it note!

  9. Anemone says:

    why? Already. I don’t feel christmasy yet. I will try to get most things done. But i pledge to not buy decorations. I over did last year. This year it’s clothes! sparkly new clothes! What’s the decorating theme this year though? I doh know what to do. I’ll just repeat.

  10. jojo says:

    Breezy Point New York — now famous for the devastating fire that occurred during the height of Hurricane Sandy.

    New Holiday for me this year — Trik-or-ThanksMas

  11. jojo says:

    (Maybe I should give out red & green Christmas candies tomorrow…)

  12. jojo says:

    In this part of the world, where we’ve been displaced by “Sandy”, and our Christmas stuff is scattered out there in the dunes or the ocean or someplace else, we’re still trying to move past Halloweed. The town we’ve relocated to is hosting Trick or Treat tomorrow, and then we’ll quickly move to Thanksgiving, and THEN Christmas. Weird. My mind is stuck in the days prior to Hurricane Sandy, and I’m convinved it is still October. Ugh.

  13. Zoe says:

    I’m not sure I can handle another ‘to do’ list…..
    (I have a to do book)
    But I like the idea…..and i’m starting writing……

  14. Caroline says:

    “I, Caroline, being of sound mind and slightly jiggly body, agree to take the Christmas Pledge. I pledge to get all the crap done I need to, by December 5th. And then I will lounge and eat fudge.” (I am more of a sweet than salty gal!)
    I guess that means I better get my fall and hallowe’en crap put away tout de suite!

  15. Erin says:

    I solemnly and jigglingly take the pledge. Since we’ve had snow on the ground for the past five days (*!!@%!) – it’s a little easier to think about Christmas. Actually, I excited to send the Christmas cards that ALMOST got sent last year. I think they’re all together in a box somewhere…

    Now I’m kinda distracted by that spaghetti knitting vision you’ve planted in my head.

  16. Sara says:

    I do not know how to reply to your reply from my phone. Anyhow, I really think if a certain coffee chain that rhymes with Carlucks ever wanted to go for more of a doodle art look, they really should call you for a re-design. I’m sensing real creative vision and inspiration on your part. :)

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