10 "To Do's" That Should Be on Santa's List

He's making a list, checking it twice...going to find out who's naughty and nice....Are you humming the tune in your head now? 

'Tis the season of holiday shopping and planning for the family. 'Tis also the season for many, many lists. 

There are lists for groceries, lists for holiday cards, lists for gift giving, and lists of charities needing our attention. Let's not forget there are lists for year end matters.  How should you prioritize your lists?

Wrapping up December may include gift wrapping, tax planning, year end bonuses, and crossing the "t's" and dotting the "i's" in whatever else you have yet to finish doing before the end of 2013. 

Sometimes, this time of year makes you feel completely out of control, with your head spinning, thoughts piled on top of one another, with that growing anxious feeling that comes with deadlines and too many "honey do" items on your list.  Sometimes, however, this time of year brings peace of mind, reflection, and random acts of kindness. I wish for you all to have more of the latter.

Here are the top 10 items that should be on Santa's List, as well as on your and your family's "to do" lists...Just in Case!

  1. Complete a Living Will
  2. Complete a Healthcare Power of Attorney
  3. Complete an Advance Directive  
  4. Write a personal note to the trusted person you appointed to advocate on your behalf
  5. Complete a Do Not Resuscitate Document (DNR)
  6. Complete a durable general Power of Attorney
  7. Write a list of passwords and user names-then store the list in safe place
  8. Have a conversation with loved ones about end-of-life care   
  9. Complete your list of VIP's: include doctors, attorneys, lawyers, caregivers, and financial advisors
  10. Write a list of biographical data 

These ten items, when actually completed, will bring joy to your family,  peace-of-mind to you and your loved ones, and goodwill to anyone who may be involved with future decisions about your care and honoring your wishes. Honestly, this is the best gift ever to your family!

Mrs. Claus will be relieved when Santa completes his honey-do list.  Then they can relax by the fire while roasting some chestnuts and drinking eggnog, toasting each other this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!