December 18th, 2013
Don’t panic, but we’re more than halfway through December! We hope you’re all done with your holiday shopping.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the fundraiser groups in malls who will wrap your presents for you. All they ask in return is a donation. And you get a completely wrapped present which you can safely bring in the house without someone trying to peak into the bag.
The weather has gotten quite cold as of late. If you use wood to stay warm, you should have gotten a large amount of hardwood laid in.
From Bob Villa’s blog post on What to do in December:
Nothing celebrates the colder weather like the distinct scent and sound of a crackling log in the fireplace. A steady supply of firewood can help offset your heating costs, and unlike oil and coal, wood is a resource that can be replanted for future fire-burning pleasure. Before you start using your fireplace, make sure that your wood is properly seasoned and the right type for your heating requirements. Hardwoods, like oak and maple, burn slowly and steadily. They must be seasoned for at least a year, or you’ll be making more smoke than heat. Softwoods, like pine and fir, season faster and grow faster. They’re easy to split and easy to start but watch out for sparking and creosote buildup in your chimney. Because most firewood is seasoned outdoors, it will contain insects, so you don’t want to store more than a day’s worth inside your home at a time. You also don’t want to stack great piles of it against the outside of your house. To store a year’s supply, you’ll need a woodshed or some other covered storage area set away from buildings.
Have you put out lights on your home? If all your neighbors do, maybe it’s time to jump on the bandwagon and be part of the neighborhood display. LED lights cost a lot less to run during the holiday season. Maybe your street will start showing up on websites touting the best places to see during December.
Do you live where you get snow and ice? If so, have you prepared your snow shovel or snow blower? Keeping your driveway clear of snow is the best way of preventing ice buildup.
Hopefully you’ve gotten your trees trimmed back already. If not, get a recommendation for a good tree trimmer and get them pruned up now.
And above all else, don’t over-schedule so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday season without feeling like you have to rush through it!
What’s your favorite part of December?