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My holiday calendar!

You've probably seen the calendars Martha Stewart publishes. She graciously shares her schedule with us so we can all use it to help us plan our holidays. Writer Cheryl Demas shares her own humorous holiday schedule from last year with us!

Getting ready!

Nov. 30

Have cleared spot on deck for new outdoor deep fryer. Deep fry turkey.

Dec. 1
Replace deck damaged in grease spill.

Dec. 2
Address Christmas cards, add personal note to each card.

Dec. 3
Post office too crowded -- will mail cards tomorrow

Dec.10
Begin sewing fairytale dresses for girls to wear to The Nutcracker Ballet.

Dec. 13
Nutcracker Ballet today -- nothing to wear. Rent National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Dec. 15
Make homemade sequin ornaments. Remember to keep them out of reach of the dog.

Dec. 16
Take dog to vet to remove sequin obstruction from bowels.

Dec. 17
Prepare and serve homemade roast beef dinner.

Dec. 18
Take husband to doctor to remove roast beef obstruction from bowels.

Dec. 19
Bake rum balls.

Dec. 20
Finally! Success in the kitchen. Rum balls are delicious! Make more today.

Dec. 21
Anover succeth! Loooooove rum balls!

Dec. 22
Horrible rum ball hangover. Consider adjusting recipe -- too much sugar perhaps?

Dec. 24 -- midnight
Prepare magical Christmas morning scene for children -- maybe catch a little sleep first.

Dec. 25
Overslept! Husband locks children in room while I toss presents under tree. Explain that Santa used Toys-R-Us bags as wrapping paper this year.

Jan. 12
Find Christmas cards under car seat.

Jan. 13
Add "sorry these are late" notes to all cards and mail.

Jan. 14
Bake large batch of rum balls -- it's never too late to start planning for next year!

Here's the recipe for the rum balls.

Rum balls
1 3/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup ground pecans
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 cup light rum
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar (for dipping)

Mix all ingredients, except for 1/3 cup confectioners sugar. Roll into 1-inch balls and then roll in remaining confectioners sugar to cover.

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