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Well, it is official—the holidays are here!

Don’t panic. Right now it may seem like that there are just too many things to do but with a little organization you can get everything done and still find time to enjoy this special time of year. To help get you started, we put this holiday planner together. Each day until December 24, we’ll send you great holiday ideas for entertaining, decorating and gifting. Plus, starting today we will also send special gift ideas called Deal of the Day to help you finish your holiday shopping.

So be sure to read your daily emails from us. If you’re not signed up to receive our emails or if you know someone who would be interested, just go to: www.stonewallkitchen.com/emailsignup.html

And be sure to visit www.stonewallkitchen.com for great holiday gifts, food, decoration and tableware ideas.

OK, let’s get started with this official Holiday Checklist



Friday, November 23: Make a list of everything you’d like to get done over the holidays—write it all down. Once you see it all, you should be able to prioritize better. Are you hosting any get-togethers? Do your carpets need cleaning? Do you have enough tableware? Take your time. More ideas will come to you. Be sure to include, “check Stonewall Kitchen holiday emails!”

Saturday, November 24: Gather your stored holiday decorations and check to see which ones may need replacing or repairs. What about gift wrap? Cards? Stamps?

Sunday, November 25: Make some popcorn and settle in for the night to watch some classic holiday movies to get into the spirit of the season; It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street and a Charlie Brown Christmas are great watch again and again.

Monday, November 26: Do you need to send gifts long distance? Write down the names, addresses and gift ideas for those dear to you but far away. Visit stonewallkitchen.com to complete this list!

Tuesday, November 27: Look through your cookbooks and visit websites for great holiday treat recipes. Think about making one new holiday treat this year and giving it as a gift. Then jot down the ingredients you’ll need your grocery list.

Wednesday, November 28: Head out to the grocery store and purchase all your baking items.

Thursday, November 29: Immerse yourself in local holiday fun. Look up listings for local craft fairs, holiday shows or concerts. Invite others to attend with you. Many such events raise money for good causes.

Friday, November 30: It’s time to bake. Fill your home with the warm aroma of cookies, cakes or other treats for the holidays. Freeze until ready to share with others.

Saturday, December 1: Hang up lights and outdoor holiday decorations. Purchase a tree. Buy or cut fresh greens for decorating, cut stems and store in buckets of water if you do not plan on using them right away.

Sunday, December 2: Write and send out all your holiday cards either through the post office or via email.

Monday, December 3: Create a list of all non-family gifts you would like to purchase for teachers, babysitters, mail carriers, hairdressers, sports instructors, neighbors, etc.

Tuesday, December 4: Check on an elder neighbor or someone in the neighborhood who could use a hand. Whether it’s driving them to the store, shoveling a driveway or help hanging some lights, ‘tis the season, you know. You could just drop in with some of your holiday treats. If you like to volunteer, local food pantries, shelters, senior centers are always looking for help.

Wednesday, December 5: Finish purchasing those gifts you need to send out.

Thursday, December 6: Head to the post office to send out your long-distance gifts if you didn’t directly send them from a website.

Friday, December 7: If you’re expecting guests, clean out the hall closet to make room for guest coats. Take any unwanted coats, gloves or hats to the local goodwill or other charity.

Saturday, December 8: Find recipes and plan menus for holiday meals. We have lots of recipes right here: www.stonewallkitchen.com/recipes.html

Sunday December 9: Get table linens ready; wash, dry and iron. Polish silverware. Gather serving dishes and holiday place settings.

Monday, December 10: Wrap presents. Make a list of gifts you may still need to get.

Tuesday, December 11: Host a casual cocktail party with neighborhood friends. Think about re-connecting with an old friend and catching up over appetizers.

Wednesday, December 12: Take inventory of your liquor cabinet including drink mixers. Make sure you have enough beer and wine on hand for visiting guests.

Thursday, December 13: Put up the tree!

Friday, December 14: If it’s cold enough, find an outdoor ice rink with lights and invite a group of friends to go skating under the stars. Bring a thermos of hot cocoa and some sweet treats to share.

Saturday, December 15: Take a day to relax with a friend. Savor a late morning breakfast. Visit a spa or go to the gym. Take a leisurely stroll around the city or in the woods. Enjoy the holiday surroundings with a plan for the day.

Sunday, December 16: Go for a drive around the neighborhood to see the lights on houses or head into town or visit a city to view the lights and displays on foot.

Monday, December 17: Bake something for the kids to bring to the school holiday party. Use one of our baking mixes, they taste great and are so quick and easy to make with a few ingredients from your pantry.

Tuesday, December 18: Complete errands or any details you put aside "for later".

Wednesday, December 19: Shop for groceries you need to complete all your holiday meals.

Thursday, December 20: Expecting overnight guests? Prepare the guest room. Wash linens, fluff the pillows, wash towels, and fill small tableside vases with greens or flowers.

Friday, December 21: Make final preparations. Enjoy a night out on the town.

Saturday, December 22: Relax and enjoy the next few days with friends and family. Take time to discover or renew your understanding of what this special season means.