Winning at Christmas – Stage One – Planning

Some people (admittedly, mostly a certain temper tantrum having imaginary prince) will tell you that there is no winning at Christmas. It’s a sentiment that I have actually heard a surprising number of people latch onto this year.

In my humble opinion, this is nothing but loser talk. You can win at Christmas. But like most victories you are going to have to prepare.

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Step One – define winning

If you want to win, you have to know what winning looks like. So define it for you. What is your winning Christmas? For me its:

  • Having an amazing holiday playlist and using it as much as reasonably possible
  • Slaying it at my cozy holiday cabin redecoration plans in Animal Crossing
  • Organizing a free digital gift exchange with my D&D party and giving an amazing gift to my assigned player
  • Making another cool gift for my D&D party in general.
  • Spending time with my husband
  • Watching my dogs rip the stuffing out of their new toys on Christmas morning
  • Making a gingerbread necromancy masterpiece

Step Two – Figure out the sub-steps

If you want your dog rip open toys, you need to get the toys, which means you have to order with enough time to get them shipped. Want to spend time with someone? That requires communication and scheduling. Organizing a gift exchange has about six steps I can think of. List them out and get them into your planner.

Step three – Do The Steps

At a certain point, if you want to be the kind of person you think you should be, you’re going to have to just get about the business of doing the work to get there. Hopefully, we can talk about post planning steps later, but for now, you have some goals to assess and some to do lists to make.

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