Christmas Schedule

Christmas Schedule

Way back in the day, when Cathy and I were both newly-weds and we were finding our own Christmas traditions we discovered that our family does better with a schedule. We are somewhat indecisive by nature (with the exception of my BIL) and we can end up sitting around for, well, hours waiting for someone to make a decision. Imagine this conversation: Where do you want to eat dinner? I don’t know. What sounds good to you? Hmmm. I like lots of places. Do you have somewhere in mind? (and continue ad nauseum.) Pretty much it made Jeff and Glenn want to bang their heads against the wall. Enter Cathy with her fantastic idea to create a Christmas schedule. The schedule allows us to plan meals, with all of us chiming in on what we like and dislike so that there’s for sure something for everyone; to program some activities so that Glenn knows if there’s time for him to go to Powell’s for a few hours or not; and when the girls were little it ensured that we had at least one official activity each day for the short people. Now that we’ve celebrated twenty plus Christmases together the schedule has very little change from one year to the next as we’ve filled it in with our family traditions but it still creates a fun feeling of anticipation as we look forward to all of our favorite foods and activities.

Our family Christmas has moved from Des Moines to Bend to Portland over the years and the host has taken on the role of schedule creator. Since we’re in Portland this year that meant it fell to me…even though I talked through almost all of it with Dad and Cathy too. When we finally got it all together last weekend though Glenn jumped before I could send it. Let me just say that my husband is a rocking uncle. Truly amazing. So he took it upon himself to create a schedule of his own. Yes, he created a fake one. He filled it with every bowl game in history, breakfasts at every fast food joint in town, and “pick your own TV dinner” meals. He threw in a three mile family run, rain or shine, and an NCIS marathon. Here’s Glenn’s schedule…

Christmas 2012 GA

So last Sunday we emailed that schedule off and waited to hear what the rest of the family thought. We got some funny texts from Cath’s girls and then sent the real one. I’ve posted it here. (schedule) You can check out our plans–activities and restaurants we’re hitting up (can’t wait to check out at least one new one!)–as well as our menu beginning with Uncle Glenn’s Enchiladas (from ATK.) Just three days until the celebrating begins!




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