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 a freelance writer and critic based in Chicago, IL. She is the dance writer and critic for the Chicago Tribune, a culture critic at Chicago Magazine, and has credits with See Chicago Dance, the Windy City Times, Dance Magazine and Pointe, among others. Since 2009, Lauren has blogged about dance in the American midwest at She is also a group fitness instructor and part-time faculty member at Loyola University Chicago

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