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Issue Date: October 2008

Holiday Home & Garden Guide - 60 Days & Counting

Our week-by-week guide to preparing for and making the most of the holidays this year, with advice on finishing those pesky projects, gift ideas and shopping strategies, tipping: who and how much, decorating like a pro & much more.
Stories by Jennifer Keirn

Week 1 (Oct. 26 – Nov. 1)
-Get starting on this year’s unfinished household projects.
-Finish (or start) that yard cleanup before temperatures plummet

-Make a plan to curb holiday weight gain

Week 2 (Nov. 2 – 8)
-Three easy home projects you can finish before the holidays
-Make a holiday budget and stick to it
-Book those hard-to-get holiday baby sitters

Week 3 (Nov. 9 – 15)
-Consider new ways to give back
-Can’t make it home for the holidays? Here’s the right way to break the news

Week 4 (Nov. 16 – 22)
-Rethink your holiday newsletter
-How To: Easy decorating fixes

Week 5 (Nov. 23 – 29)
-Put some life in your living room
-Being strung along by your lights? Try these alternative outdoor decorations.

Week 6 (Nov. 20 – Dec. 6)
-Pick out your next permanent tree
-Find Cleveland-centric gifts for the expats in your life

-Web Extra: Advice from White House decorator “Mr. Christmas”

Week 7 (Dec. 7 – 13)
-Ship smart: Avoid big lines and hassles at the post office
-Prep your holiday-season wardrobe

-Web Extra: How To: Personalize the impersonal gift card

Week 8 (Dec. 14 – 20)
-Don’t forget about your pet! (We know you wont, but these are some cool gift ideas)
-Tipping at the holidays: Who and how much?

-Web Extra: Give the Earth a gift.

Week 9 (Dec. 21 – 27)
-Prepare yourself for 11th-hour shopping
-Get organized for after-holiday returns

-Web Extra: How To: Fix your holiday menu procrastination habit (hint: we’re giving it to you)

Quick Fixes
Time is running out, but you can still make some noticeable improvements to your home before guests arrive.

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