Christmas is 5 weeks from today. That means the Countdown moves into high gear. But do keep in mind that how you use the countdown depends on the rhythm of your life and how you like to spend Christmas Eve. I host a big party in mid-December and I like to spend Christmas Eve reading or watching movies with cocoa and cookies at hand. If you don’t entertain and your family tradition is to decorate on Christmas Eve, modify the countdown accordingly. The countdown is a suggestion, not a mandate.