Happy Thanksgiving – make way for Christmas

Sorry to be so Late
(The stores have been ready since September)

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Fair warning: This is not going to be a rant about the season.

Grab a drink (you’re likely to need one)


Anyone who knows me, even a little, will attest to the fact that I’m a card-carrying Christmas ELF – a regular Emmy Lou Who**.

I simply LOVE Christmas – the whole Christmas season (“Now please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason”**)

**Both from How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel

I start thinking about digging out my humongous collection of Christmas CDs of ALL types the very first day the horrid summer heat wave shows signs of dipping below 80.

I ESPECIALLY love Christmas decorations.

I like to deck the halls with a-whole-lot-more than boughs of holly!

I’m big on trees and wreaths and stockings, and candles and garlands, and Santas, sleighs and reindeer — and nutcrackers, and sugar plums — and Byers Choice Carolers (which I have been collecting since before anyone else even knew who Joyce Byers was!)


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THIS is my year to DECK!

As one of the few fortunate results of my unfortunate moving experience earlier this year, I am finally living once again in an apartment large enough to accommodate the display of the majority of the Christmas artifacts I have collected throughout my life. 

I am also far enough away from certain individuals who seemed little more than wet Christmas blankets – even about what I chose to do with MY space.

OCD_ChristmasI am sooooooo excited! 

I’m hoping to come up with a game-plan that will help me overcome my tendency to leave everything on display until spring has sprung and the heat of summer is threatening to drain every last activation molecule from my brain.

AND since I am also the ADD Poster Girl, I have a tendency to try to cram everything in at the very last minute, which is not particularly conducive to game-planning.

I don’t have a whole lot of choice about that last-minute problem this year, since I’m still setting so many things in place on my way to organization and order in a new space:

  • getting rid of things I won’t need in this apartment
  • figuring out where to situate everything I will need here, and
  • deciding upon the basic underlying decorating scheme —
    so that I can handle some basics like installing curtains on each of the many windows.

But I am determined to do as much hall decking of the Christmas persuasion as possible.

So I need help

As I always tell clients and students, what’s called for here are lots of systems and checklists and “structures to fulfill.”

SO, from now until Twelfth Night – January 6th, when any sensible ADD Poster Girl intends to celebrate the big present fest – I am going to replace the Monday Grumpy Monday Series with Christmas Happy Christmas. 

Most of my regular Wednesday articles will, most likely, have a “getting ready for the upcoming holidays” theme as well. (Don’t worry, those of you who have been enjoying the weekly grump, the blog and I will be back to “normal” all too soon!)

The kick-off post in December will be a repeat of Janine Baker’s WONDERFUL take-off on ‘Twas the Nite Before Christmas.  It was originally published many, many years ago on my first site.

It has a delightful ADD twist, so you really don’t want to miss it.

(I hold the copyright, and it is pending publication,
but you are welcome to pass it around by linking or reblogging)

Click image for a delightful Spanglish version of 'Twas the Nite Before . . .

Preview of upcoming attractions: Click image for a delightful Spanglish version of ‘Twas the Nite Before . . .

AS ALWAYS, comments will be encouragedand eagerly awaited – EVEN from Grinches – as long as you don’t make individual people wrong, and do your best to avoid the dreaded “should” word, I will approve all comers (link-spammers shot on sight, however).

Keep reading – more below – don’t miss the links to more Christmas fun!

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Check bottom of Home/New to find out the “sharing rules”

Birthday-Cake-With-CandlesBY the WAY: TODAY is my birthday, November 29th

If you wanna’ give me a present, help me solve the a single most debilitating problem in my life: my sleep disorder.

Please read, comment upon, and share the article that was posted early on November 26th: When your Sleep Clock is Broken.

I’m taking the ENTIRE weekend off, but I’ll be back to read, approve and respond to all comments on Monday afternoon.

I want to encourage anyone who wants to reach me to leave comments for me HERE on ADDandSoMuchMore.com and NOT on Facebook (which has now “improved” itself past the point of useability, given my personal brain-based challenges).

My schedule can rarely an accommodate the time it takes me to jump through the necessary FaceBook hoops, so I am unlikely to see anything left for me there.


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IN ANY CASE, do stay tuned.
There’s a lot to know, a lot here already, and a lot more to come – in this Series and in others.
Get it here while it’s still free for the taking.

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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