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How to Have A Type-A Christmas

About a week ago, one of my Babble Editors emailed me with a prompt:

YOUR EXPLANATION OF WHY YOU HAVE MULTIPLE CHRISTMAS TREES COMPLETE WITH THE PICS OF YOUR GUY SNUGGLING UP UNDERNEATH THEM.

So I replied:

oh, please. that’s easy to explain. it’s called mental illness. pssssh.

The truth is, lots of people on Twitter and my personal blog have asked how I’m handling Christmas and how Harrison isn’t touching the already wrapped presents.  ::shrugs::  The truth is, we just tell him that they are for Christmas Day and it’s not Christmas Day yet, so he cannot have them. I don’t know why it’s as simple as that when I have to tell him repeatedly to not touch light sockets, but hey! I’m going to take what I can get when dealing with a toddler.

And let’s not forget that although I joke about mental illness (which isn’t really a joke but I use humor as a defense mechanism according to my therapist), it really is the control freak with sun-downing depression that keeps me decorating and baking during the holidays. I have to stay busy or I turn into mush on the couch wearing three-day-old pajamas and I’m not exagerating. That has really happened.  I’m also incredibly aware that with my mood disorder, I have to give allowances for myself and be gentle during the holidays, so I take that into consideration when prepping for Christmas.

So if you’re like me and need your holidays ultra-organized and go-go-go, here are my Top 10 ways to have an excellent Type-A Christmas:


  • Decorate 3 trees in your home 1 of 10
    Decorate 3 trees in your home
    Bonus points for using a white tree skirt if you have toddlers and pets!
  • Bake goodies for the neighbors 2 of 10
    Bake goodies for the neighbors
    Package them in Pinterest-worthy fashion. When the neighbors ask how you do it all, don't confess to being elbows-deep in your oven at 3am.
  • Get the toddler his own tree 3 of 10
    Get the toddler his own tree
    Hunt down ornaments of things he loves, like tractors and fire engines.
  • Make a toddler-appropriate Christmas CD 4 of 10
    Make a toddler-appropriate Christmas CD
    Or three. Plus the Little People Jingle Bells album. Play it every time you get in the car.
  • Address your Christmas cards by the first week 5 of 10
    Address your Christmas cards by the first week
    Try to be the first one with the cards out the door. This means you need to have your photos and design ready by November.
  • Undertake a major home renovation 6 of 10
    Undertake a major home renovation
    You're crazy anyway, dude. Just go ahead and sign up for an expensive, home-altering renovation right smack in the middle of the holidays.
  • Put up outdoor decor the day after Thanksgiving. 7 of 10
    Put up outdoor decor the day after Thanksgiving.
    Clark Griswold, you have competition in the form of Santa Pig!
  • Have all presents wrapped the first week of December 8 of 10
    Have all presents wrapped the first week of December
    Yes, you heard me. It helps if your (also) Type-A cousin flies in for Thanksgiving and assists.
  • Keep a fire going at all times 9 of 10
    Keep a fire going at all times
    It's so cozy! To keep it mess free and easy, rely on the lovely people at cable for the "Yule Log."
  • Host a party 10 of 10
    Host a party
    Yes, open your home to over twenty people and supply wine and host a holiday party!

p.s. don’t take any of this seriously.

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Beth Anne writes words & takes pictures on Okay, BA! You can also find her on the Twitters & Facebook.

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