Tomorrow is Rudolph Day so I thought I'd give you a quick rundown on the five things that make it a lot of fun and a productive day. After all, the goal of Rudolph Day is to plan some simple tasks for the month ahead, in order to get ready for Christmas Day with plenty of time to spare. Who wants to be trying out a new craft, a new recipe, or a new decor theme in the middle of December when all the chaos of the holidays is in full swing?
Pick a craft project to try and fine tune. If you're participating in an ornament or other gift challenge, you don't want your offering to look like a Pinterest fail. Over the years, I've tried many things and I know what works and what doesn't (ie. my skill level vs. my expectations!). My Snowman Disc from a few years ago wasn't quite as polished as the one I found but it was presentable. Make sure you have all of your supplies ready to go so you can just sit down and sew, knit, crochet, or cut and glue with everything you need close at hand.
Pick a recipe and do the same. I found I wasn't quite as adept at using a silicone mold as I thought I would be. No doubt practice would make perfect so try and try again. I also found that although some things turned out looking like the picture, I didn't really care for the taste. Don't make your guests into recipe guinea pigs.
|My Peppermint Bark Snowflakes and the sample (top photo)|
A big part of Rudolph Day is to immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas for the day. That means making sure that you have the movie (or a movie if you're choosing one at random) ready to go. The Christmas fans over at the Magical Holiday Home Forums pick a movie each month so that they can chat about it afterwards. If a movie is not on your agenda for Rudolph Day, dig out a Christmas CD to spread some Christmas cheer.
Work on the task for the month. Whether you follow a plan such as Organized Christmas that has a theme each month or just come up with a task yourself, Rudolph Day is the time to work on things at a slower pace so that month by month, you have broken Christmas preparation into manageable segments.
Finally, snap a few photos and whip out a blog post. Share your celebration with others. We'd love to hear all about it.