Pre Winter/Holiday Plans for Me!

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I've always thought it is pretty handy that if there is a slower season in the real estate business, it is typically from a little bit before Thanksgiving until right after New Year's Day.  Although I am certainly not wishing for TOO slow, it is kind of nice to be able to spend a little extra time with family and friends, enjoying the best things about the holiday season.

Some of my pre winter/holiday planning revolves around trying to get as much of the preparation work done well in advance so I can actually breathe and feel relaxed rather than frazzled.  Although I remember one Christmas Eve when I did the mental check list - presents all wrapped - check; cards sent out - check; house decorated - check; baking done - check; holiday meal under control - check.  I have to tell you that totally unnerved me because I was SURE it meant I must have forgotten something crucial!

I do the majority of my holiday gift shopping either at local holiday bazaars or in some of our locally owned stores or Farmer's Market - love supporting other local small businesses!  So usually the only gifts left to purchase closer to the big day are for my grandaughter who is at that age where her "must have" wish list pretty much changes daily.  But I do plan to have most all of the rest of my gift giving list handled by December 1st, so I can get things wrapped (thank goodness for the ease of using gift bags for many things!).

I do still send Christmas cards to family and friends who live out of the immediate area, so that is next priority - getting the necessary short notes (hmmmm, shall I do a generic holiday letter instead??) written and envelopes addressed, so I can get them in the mail sometime that first week of December.


 Family Christmas tree cutting

Then we plan our annual family outing to one of the local Christmas tree farms, to select and cut our "perfect trees".  That will likely be either the first or second weekend of December, whenever there is a dry enough day to make it fun, not torture.  Decorating inside may start prior to the actual tree outing, but the outside lighting again is pretty weather dependent - first day after December 1st when we won't either freeze or get drenched while we put up the lights and other decorations.

Like the annual tree finding expediition, baking falls in the category of more entertainment than chore since it is one of my granddaughter's favorite activities to do with "Mema". (And of course, "Mema" absolutely loves it as well!  The must have family cookie is my own grandmother's recipe that is the roll out, cut out shapes and then bake and frost to decorate variety.  Normal is that the first batch all gets eaten before it ever gets frosted and decorated - so then we do round two!

Tradition also includes making time to drive around oohing and aahing at the very best local lighting displays (our local paper publishes a map and list of reader suggested favorites).  Add in the downtown Olympia tree lighting and singing Christmas tree event, the tree lighting in Lacey - and maybe, just maybe a trip to see the Nutcracker Ballet with that little granddaughter.

Ahhhhhhh, yes, I am looking forward to planning my way through all the essential steps for the holiday, but mostly concentrating on sharing the joy of the season with people I love! 


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Comments (7)

Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Sounds like so much fun.  Would love to see this..

Have a great Holiday..



Nov 14, 2013 08:49 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Nancy, I too put the emphasis on family ( and friends). It is such a wonderful time of the year isn't it?  Enjoy every drop.

Nov 15, 2013 12:14 AM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

Thanks Debb!  It sure is a wonderful time of year, and I wish you plenty of fun get togethers with family and friends too!

Nov 15, 2013 07:17 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Nancy- laughing at the "ease of bags".  I hate gift bags and my family stresses over making sure my gifts are wrapped and not in a bag.  But I love un-wrapping on Christmas morning.  Pulling something from the bag just doesn't bring back all those happy childhood Christmas memories.  My mom on the other hand would be saying "see, bags are good"

Dec 01, 2013 02:54 AM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Tammy, it is fun to unwrap - but it seems like I so often end up having several smaller items for many people on my gift list - and I remember many a December wrapping until my back ached & wondering what on earth I was thinking to buy several items per person instead of one big gift! Although I do still wrap the things for my grandkids - so I still get that fun of watching them rip thru the wrapping paper in excitement. :). (otherwise gift bags it is!!). LOL
Dec 01, 2013 03:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Sounds like busy but enjoyable times ahead for you this holiday season. We used to go cut down our tree for years, even after moving from New England to SoCal, but stopped that tradition a few years ago.


Dec 04, 2013 12:25 AM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Jeff, it's a favorite family outing for us - and the year we had an exchange student living with us, it was one of the highlights of his stay he said. Our original plan for this year got sidetracked so now we may head to get our trees tomorrow....or Friday....or weekend. Soon anyway!
Dec 04, 2013 08:59 AM

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