Saturday, December 19, 2009

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."-Dwight D. Eisenhower

I don't intend to liken Christmas to a battle. I only selected this quote because I identify with it so heartily. The act of planning or preparing helps me to feel organized, more confident and more comfortable. Admittedly, I get carried away from time to time and I forget the importance of living in the moment.

When it comes to Christmas, preparing can be some of the most fun. The sooner I get started, the longer it lasts. I try to make sure that part of the planning includes time management, so I don't get exasperated.

This year, I decorated the house just enough so that it looked festive and I enjoyed doing it. I also made a few different kinds of cookies to give to some neighbors, babysitter (childminder!) etc.. The selection is pictured above (they sure do look home-made!)

When my sister arrives next week some of the plans that I have made may seem to be useless. The weather may not cooperate, or the boys might be tired, but I certainly enjoy the anticipation of her visit. I imagine that we will all find our way to a great first Christmas in Ireland. An the preparation will be part of the memories.


  1. Your cookies look store bought! They put mine to shame. I don't think I will make cookies next Christmas!

  2. Please- you make great cookies. And you have not seen mine in person. Or in cookie.