Nov. 24 – Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving, you have time off from work and it's the official start of the Christmas season

Dec. 10 – Second Sunday – go to church if you haven't been attending so that you won't look like a 'Christmas only attendee.' Need

to squeeze in some shopping and must start sending out Christmas greeting cards this week.

Dec. 16 – Third Saturday, First Day of Hanukkah – it's unbelievable that there's only one full week to go before Christmas. Make

supermarket shopping list for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner preparations.

Dec. 17 – Third Sunday – exactly one week before Christmas. Make sure Christmas toys and presents in hiding are still undiscovered.

Make final plans for family dinner on Christmas Day.

Dec. 21 – oh dear me!!! Only three days to go before Christmas. Do last minute planning, get as many chores as possible out of the

way, finish all Christmas and supermarket shopping. Assign final preparatory tasks to family members as necessary. Go over plans for

Christmas Dinner.

Dec. 22 – First Day of Winter – My goodness!! you still have shopping to do!!? You dread going to the mall this weekend. Pray for a

miracle to find one of those needle in a haystack salesperson who will hold hand and get you 95% through your Christmas shopping


Dec. 23 – Last Saturday before Christmas – Now The Single Biggest Shopping Day of the Year!!!! The mall is absolutely crazy and

there are no sales people anywhere. It's a zoo everywhere – on the roads, in the supermarket, even at the gas station people are

honking, hollering at the gas attendant to pump faster! But you know what … stopped at my favorite pastry store and was in and out in

a nanosecond… there was no line!!

Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve – downtown is glorious, everything is so splendid and magical…. will go to Midnight Mass…. Christmas is

the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!!

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