The 10 days of Christmas

Wait, what?

Well wouldn’t you know it, that big old holiday with the merriment and joy and stuff is creeping right up on me.  What have I done to prepare for it?


Well, I take that back.  I made 20 jars of pickles back in September, but apart from that… yeah, nothing.  In an effort to keep up my image as a domestic goddess, here’s how I plan to spend the next few days preparing for Christmas:

10 trips to the garage hauling in decorations

9 editions of the Nutcracker playing non-stop in the background

8 servings of soup a-freezing

7 times a-shoveling (assumedly… although it hasn’t snowed yet)

6 cranberry loaves a-baking

5  golden teeth

aside: I haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, and am anticipating a few cavities…

4 jars of homemade cocoa mix

3 quilts sewn

2 hands cramping from writing Christmas postcards

… and a big care package sent to my friend Erin in Benin, Africa

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Lauren Warnecke is the dance critic at the Chicago Tribune and editor/senior writer at See Chicago Dance. Her writing has appeared in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Lauren is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago in the dance and exercise science programs. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME) and the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience (Durban, South Africa), and was part of the first low-res dance writing lab cohort at the National Center for Choreography in Akron, OH. Since 2009, Lauren has blogged about dance and performance in the American midwest at

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