When it comes to gifts you actually should be glad you waited, these next 10 days stores are worried that they over bought this holiday season and will be offering big mark downs. Take down town Naperville, the local stores host "Last Minute Madness" the Thursday and Friday before Christmas and offer a wide variety of discounts and gifts with purchase.
Worried about decking your halls for your holiday party? Relax, and keep it simple. Instead of extravagent center pieces on your table put a bowl filled with ribbon and ornaments or pieces of greens and those cute little clementines. When the kids are out of school and getting into everything, have them make some ornaments. Cover your table with news paper and give them paints, card stock, ribbons and old magazines and you'll end up with sweet, meaningful ornaments to hang off your tree.
Finally, I love to bake and I've found that CrumblyCookie.net has tons of great recipies and pictures of different holiday treats. This season I'm trying their Chocolate Chip Cookie recipie and Roll Out Sugar Cookies.