‘Tis the Planning Season

Dodo Book of ChristmasHallooo, dear Dodopadlers!  Miss Peabody here.

As I was noting down a date in my Dodo Pad diary today, I realised that there are less than two months until Christmas!  Goodness me, the time does fly.  I immediately brought out my Dodo Book of Christmas and began planning.

You may say it is too early to begin planning the festive season, but I say pish-posh.  I require some time to reflect on what I have done for past Christmas celebrations in order to decide what to do this year.  Same?  Different?  Decisions, decisions!

Every year I am in charge of decorating the Grand Hall at Dodo Towers, which I greatly enjoy.  Ever the organisational whiz, I use the ‘Decorations’ section of my Christmas Book to draw schematic diagrams of the Hall to help me decide where to place the tree this year, whether the flashy lights should go all the way up the stairs or on the balcony only, and where to hang the mistletoe (I hang it in a different location each year to try to position myself under it when Lord Dodo is near, but alas he never seems to notice the greenery above my head…).

Each year we have a feast of staggering epic belt bursting great proportions.   In the ‘Recipes’ section I keep the menus from previous years as well as all my Christmas recipes (including my Great-Great-Gran’s famous recipe for Christmas Pudding – always a crowd-pleaser!).

The (ever-lengthening) Cards lists show to whom I have sent cards each year and who has sent cards to me.  The handy pockets in each divider help me keep track of those little scraps of ideas and notes that otherwise would be lost.  Amazing capturing device!  The ‘Gifts’ section reminds me what I gave to whom each year, to avoid any embarrassment of repetition.

The ‘Children’ section is excellent to record children’s games, activities, and holiday performances each year. Young Master Ludodo and little Lady Cosima Dodo adore the holidays as all children do, and this section not only helps plan their fun but also has become a sentimental record of their seasonal delights.  How Lady Dodo cherishes those sweet memories!

But perhaps my favorite section in the Book of Christmas is the ‘Traditions’ section.  We have many traditions here at Dodo Towers, my favorite of which is wassailing out and about among the neighbours.  I must say, the Hardworking Sales and Customer Service team has several members blessed with lovely voices, led by Bert Whistle’s booming baritone.  Great fun!

With the Book of Christmas, planning is almost as fun as the festive season itself!

Happy planning to you all, and toodle-oo for now!

Miss P

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