I just printed off my free Flylady Holiday Control Journal. It is going to be a great resource to be prepared for the Holidays. It includes a place to tape an envelope to hold receipts so you don't overspend, decorating and baking ideas, and of course cleaning/organizing tips.
The goal is to be fully prepared by December 1st, and treat it as if you are setting sail for a three week cruise beginning the first.
Time over the Holidays can be spent enjoying traditions (new and old), baking (which makes the house smell yummy), spending time with family and friends. Maybe it is because this time last year I was in bed sick and wasn't even able to decorate for Christmas (Shane did all the decorating for us), but I am so ready to get going. I love this time of year so much. Starting with the Fall Festivals and letting the boys trick or treat, and ending with New Years.
To get things kicked off right I have things in the kitchen ready to bake a 2 layer white cake with chocolate frosting this evening. That was one thing I did last year as I was laid up on the couch. Baked this wonderful white cake with my pretty red mixer and drank lots of hot tea. And let the kids watch about a bazillion movies.