Monday, December 10, 2007

'Tis the Season...for Lists!

I've been trying to get some Christmas shopping and planning done, which means it's time for Margaret's Many Lists. What kind of lists? Let me give you a few examples:

1. The Uber Gift List -- this is the list of recipients with suggestions for each. I have three siblings, their spouses and many nieces and nephews. We don't buy for each of them; we draw a name each, and the nieces and nephews become part of the draw when they're sixteen. So that means I now have only a niece and nephew "for sure," plus the draw folks, plus the parents. Then I have the in-laws, but they are much fewer in number, so that part of the list in consistent.

2. I have a list by store, if I hope to get more than one item in a store.

3. I have my kid's list. It's part of the uber list, but also involves lines drawn from one side to the other, so I make sure they each get the same number and I've spent approximately the same amount for each. (In addition to Daughter, I have Son -- but I'm not too sure how he'd feel about me mentioning him in my blog, so I tend to leave him out of it.)

4. I have the Hubby List, which lists the items my husband is responsible for buying.

5. I have the menus for Christmas dinner. This year, I'll be having two -- one for the in-laws on Christmas Day, my side of family on a later date.

6. I have the grocery list for each meal, plus the baking. I like to take homemade cookies, etc. for hostess gifts.

7. This year, I have a list of recipes to try before Christmas, to make sure things will turn out okay for the meals.

8. I have a list of things to do around the house before Christmas (at present, this one is still mostly in my head, but that will change, so I don't forget something).

9. On any given day, I have a list of what I want to do that day.

10. I also list emails to be sent/responded to, that I stick on the computer.

One of these years, I expect I'll be making a list of my lists. But it's the best way I know to keep myself organized. There's also something satisfying about seeing things crossed off and accomplished.

And hey, if it's good enough for Santa, it's good enough for me!


Christine d'Abo said...

Wow, that is a lot of lists! I need an uber list to keep me organized these days. I don't have quite as many people to buy for, but it adds up fast.

Shari Anton said...

If I made that many lists, I'd have to keep a list of the lists or I'd lose one. :) I keep one Uber list (love the term), and two shopping lists -- one for people and one for food. And you're a braver woman than I am to try out new foods on a family with "expectations" of what constitutes Christmas dinner! Kudos, Margaret!!

Margaret Moore said...

Oh, believe you me, I am no gourmet. The recipes are simple; I just haven't tried them before, and I need to find recipes that don't require a burner come the day. One is for glazed carrots in the slow cooker -- good, but I think a little less brown sugar next time. Next up in a bean recipe that you can make a day or two ahead, then I can warm them in the oven while I'm doing the gravy.

As for expectations, only turkey, cranberries and the Infamous Green Salad my mom makes. It's a jello mold concoction.