Elfing for Santa!

Deck the Halls & Play the Carols
(Watch the movies … bake the cookies … and jingle those bells!)

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Edited from Happy Thanksgiving-Make Way for Christmas

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

Grab a drink!

Grinches and Humbugs are likely to need one, and the rest of us will be prepared for a merry toast to the season festivities to come.


Even before most of the Thanksgiving leftovers had been eaten or frozen, many of our neighbors began to string colored lights on the eaves of their houses, into their trees and winding ’round their bushes.

I am starting to see front door wreaths, lawn reindeer, and angels with glowing halos as well.  And I love it!

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 rounding up my humongous collection of MP3s, DVDs, CDs, and tapes of ALL types of Christmas music the very first day the horrid summer heat wave shows signs of dipping below 80 degrees.

I especially love decorating for the Christmas season

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

I’m big on candles and garlands, trees and wreaths and stockings, Santas, sleighs and reindeer — and nutcrackers, and sugar plums — and Byers Choice Carolers (which I began collecting long before anyone else had ever heard of Joyce Byers!)

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DECK the halls & muzzle ALL humbugs!

As one of the few fortunate results of the unfortunate moving experience that resulted in my sudden relocation to this particular apartment building, I am finally far enough away from certain individuals who seemed determined to remain wet Christmas blankets – even about what I chose to do with the interior of my own space.

I am also living once again in an apartment large enough to accommodate my big Christmas tree, with a couple of fireplace mantles on which to hang some of my stocking collection, drape some decorated garlands, and display more of the many Christmas goodies I have carefully protected throughout my life.

I am sooooooo ready to keep on decking! 

My big tree is already up, one of my mantles is garland bedecked, and Tink’s porch decorations are upstairs and ready to go out. 

THIS year, 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 long since sprung, when the heat of summer is threatening to drain every last activation molecule from my body and 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 either game- or party-planning.

So I need to clear my schedule to help me cope

As I always tell clients and students, what’s called for here are lots of systems and checklists and “structures to fulfill” – and that saying YES to one thing always means saying NO to something else.

SO, for the remainder of December until Twelfth Night – January 6th (when any sensible ADD Poster Girl intends to celebrate the big present fest) – I will again be replacing the Monday Grumpy Monday Series and my “usual” mental health/EF  focus with a limited number of new articles combined with “edited replays” of the Christmas Happy Christmas Series from years gone by.

Following this post 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, one of the few on the ‘net dedicated to Attentional Issues at that time, and the ONLY one dedicated to ADD-specific coaching.

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

Since it was written as a gift to me, hoping to help me build awareness of the ADD Coaching field and the benefits of coaching, I hold the copyright, and must insist that intellectual property rights be honored.

  • HOWEVER, you are welcome to pass it around by linking or reblogging, as long as you make sure you credit the author, mention that it was a gift to Madelyn Griffith-Haynie for The Optimal Functioning Institute™ — along with a working link to the page on which you found it.
  • IN FACT, I really hope you WILL!

AS ALWAYS, comments are encouraged and 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).

MEANWHILE, don’t forget about Open Enrollment for Group Coaching. I hope those of you who are struggling with Executive Functioning Challenges will consider enrolling in my low-cost Group Coaching for more than a little non-pharmaceutical, brain-based help and and a great deal of understanding.

Related post: Group Coaching FAQs (frequently asked questions)

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

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My schedule can rarely an accommodate the time it takes me to jump through the necessary FaceBook hoops, and email has become waaay too cluttered with marketing spam, so I am less likely to see anything left for me there.


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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!"

14 Responses to Elfing for Santa!

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  3. Debbie says:

    Merry Christmas Maddy. keep on decking those halls ( and corridors and living rooms and kitchens and…… ) xxx

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    • December is a very busy month, yes? PLUS I’m trying to fill a Group, so please forgive the sudden lack of visiting time.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours as well – and thanks for taking time from YOUR busy December to leave some Christmas cheer.

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  4. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland.

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    • I can’t believe you reblogged this one. Thank you. (Methinks you might be an elf yourself.)

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  5. Sue Vincent says:

    Happy, happy Christmas to you and Tink 🙂 xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks, Sue. The same to you, Ani, your wonderful boys and EVERYONE in your life. xx, mgh


  6. Zara says:

    Love this time of year and the festivities!
    Fala lala la lala la laaa 😊🎄

    Liked by 1 person

    • Me too, Zara. Everything about it. Put on your mittens & get out and see what everyone in your ‘nabe has put up – and mull some wine so you can warm up when you get home. You’ve already set out the candles, right?

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      • Zara says:

        Candles, lights, tinsel, sparkle…and most of all, joy and merriment and peace to all x

        Liked by 1 person

        • Peace on Earth – Christmas is the time of year I most believe it could be possible.

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  7. colinandray says:

    Looking forward to the mental ELF Posts! 🙂


    • Hi guys – thanks for stopping by, reading & saying hello. Tink is in his deskside bed and says Merry Christmas to both of you. xx, mgh

      Liked by 1 person

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