Monday, March 31, 2008

My Rudolph Day Tote

One of the ways I organize for Rudolph Day is to keep my stuff in a red tote. That way all my Rudolph stuff is handy. Someone mentioned that they made a Christmas cupboard and now I am VERY excited about creating one. I have an old antique desk that someone (before me) painted a country blue. I am no longer into that shade but I'm thinking a nice barn red would transform it into a cute Christmas Desk/Cupboard. It has little cubbies and a top that closes....so it would be perfect. It is one of my "to do" projects but it really might have to wait until summer break. So in the meantime I'm using my tote.

Some things to include in your tote:
  • A Christmas mug
  • Rudolph Day Journal
  • Craft item (store in ziploc bags to create kits)
  • Christmas CDs
  • Christmas Notebook
  • Some old Christmas magazines or Gooseberry Patch books
  • Old Christmas Cards
  • Some Christmas scented (gingerbread or peppermint) lotion or shower gel
  • Your Magic Elf notebook
  • A holiday themed novel
  • Christmas socks or slippers

I'm sure there are other items....so I'll add to the list as new ideas pop up! This makes it easy to grab my box and at least spend a few minutes on Christmas during Rudolph Day!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Rudolph Day Idea List

1. Address cards (store bought)
2. Make 6-8 Christmas cards for special people
3. Review holiday notebook
4. Add three holiday tips/ideas each month
5. Buy stocking stuffers
6. Buy two gifts each month
7. Inventory CD/DVD
8. Inventory holiday books
9. Add to holiday book collection
10. Sort through decorations, organize, declutter, inventory better
11. Clean top pantry shelf for Christmas dishes, inventory
12. Update Gift Closet inventory each month
13. Make tags/labels for candy cane seeds, bath stuff etc
14. Listen to Christmas Music
15. Re-read the Christmas story in the bible
16. Find an advent candle set
17. Search for theme ideas for different rooms
18. Work on holiday scrapbook pages. I have tons of old photos.
19. Try out a recipe for the holidays
20. Make up dinner party menus
21. Update calendar (schedule family events/dinner parties)
22. Add to Year Round gift baskets
23. Make rag garland for Christmas and Winter
24. Post about the Rudolph movie/book of the month.
25. Work on 24 Days of Christmas activities list (gather in kits)
26. Add to 24 Days of Christmas gifts
27. Write Holiday memories to add to scrapbooks
28. Update stocking stuffers inventory
29. Create checklist for MY house and MY life
30. Add to Holiday Family Favorites Recipe Notebook

I will be back periodically to add additional ideas!

The History of Rudolph Day (for me)

I first discovered Rudolph Day when I became a member of the boards of Organized Christmas several years ago. Each month we would discuss and prepare for Christmas on the 25th of the month which we called Rudolph Day. There are still monthly postings and assignments on the homepage of Organized Christmas each month. These small steps were the beginnings of my year round holiday prep and have saved me many hours of worry. Preparing early means enjoying the holiday season more!

Over time I developed a three part approach to Rudolph Day which involves: Planning, Doing, and Fun. This means that every Rudolph Day I like to have something that is "Planning" such as updating lists or making lists, working on my notebook, looking at menus or new recipes, etc. I also including something that is Doing. This can involve actually buying a gift or stocking stuffer, working on a craft, organizing my storage or gift closet etc. I added this because I am a BIG planner but not always a BIG doer!!! The third part of my approach is Fun. I believe Rudolph Day should be fun so its looked forward to each month. So I include things like watching a Christmas movie, listening to Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate, or buying myself a small Rudolph Day gift!

Rudolph Day is a fun, easy way to prepare for Christmas year round while allowing a lot of flexibility. I hope you will join me on my Rudolph Day adventures. I will provide a list and ideas from my own personal Rudolph Day lists and journal, as well as ideas from others. Getting ready for Christmas has never been more fun!!!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Stay Tuned

This blog is under development and will be home to Rudolph Day activities and ideas as well as other year round Christmas prep tips! Check back later for more info!!!