We've rounded the corner on Thanksgiving, weaved and bobbed through Black Friday, and now it's a full sprint to Christmas. We recommend dropping your baggage on the side of road and running for your life. Or you could adopt a practical, less frenetic view of the holidays and save yourself a lot of grief, not to mention blisters.

To help, we've come up with a holiday calendar with suggestions to keep you steadily on track and perhaps enjoy the journey.

Nov. 26 -- Deep breaths, happy thoughts. We know it's four weeks until Christmas, but you can only do so much. Pace yourself and don't overreach.

Nov. 27 -- Promise yourself that you'll wrap one package every day so that you aren't overwhelmed with gift-wrapping duties on Christmas Eve.

Nov. 28 -- Stop by a mall, get a peppermint latte and watch children sharing their secrets with Santa.

Nov. 29 -- Pop-up ice skating rinks have opened all over the Bay Area. Hit the ice, and hope the ice doesn't hit back.

Nov. 30 -- Tune the music channel on your television to the classic holiday songs. Sing your heart out.

Get in the mood by buying tickets for a "A Christmas Carol" or one of the 20 "Nutcrackers," or one of its spinoffs, performed around the Bay Area this month.

Dec. 1 -- Turn your calendar to the new month, but do not, under any circumstances, start counting the days. A little denial can be good.

Dec. 2 -- Go minimalist this year with the holiday ornaments. Some cranberries and popcorn can go along a way.

Dec. 3 -- If you bake fruitcakes, get them in the oven. It will take three weeks for the rum to properly soak in.

Dec. 4 -- There's a definite lack of music in the air -- organize an impromptu caroling session with your neighbors.

Dec. 5 -- Why not start all that holiday baking with a clean cupboard? The food banks will appreciate any canned goods you won't be needing.

Dec. 6 -- Take a few minutes to write your honeybunch a holiday love note and tuck it between two cookies.

Dec. 7 -- Hug a veteran on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Dec. 8 -- Rent "White Christmas" and sing along. Extra gingerbread cookies if you also can recite dialogue.

Dec. 9 -- Wear an ugly holiday sweater -- with pride.

Dec. 10 -- See what's happening at Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose. www.christmasinthepark.com

Dec. 11 -- Do something nice for a stranger -- pay the bridge toll for the person behind you.

Dec. 12 -- Buy your pet a Christmas outfit. Not into torture? Then go for a holiday-themed toy. Pictures are mandatory.

Dec. 13 -- Find a reason to snuggle under a Christmas throw with your favorite human or pet.

Dec. 14 -- Fill your house with holiday plants.

Dec. 15 -- Contemplate the beauty of a candy cane.

Dec. 16 -- Gather family, friends and a stack of construction paper. Then make snowflakes to your heart's content.

Dec. 17 -- Pack the family in the car to go look at holiday lights. Find locations from our interactive holiday map at www.mercurynews.com/holidays.

Dec. 18 -- While keeping an eye on the football games, bake some cookies or make candy. Be sure to take a break at halftime and do some taste sampling.

Dec. 19 -- Finish addressing those cards so you can pop them in the mail tomorrow, the last day to safely mail cards for timely delivery.

Dec. 20 -- Gird your loins and hit the grocery store for not-quite last minute shopping.

Dec. 21 -- Grate potato, sprinkle in salt, and fry up some festive latkes with your family. It's good to be Jewish.

Dec. 22 -- Turn up the heat and drink a steaming cup of hot cocoa. It's officially winter.

Dec. 23 -- Take a walk through your neighborhood, admire all the decorations, then relax with your favorite warm beverage.

Dec. 24 -- You've done all you can do. Believe. It will be enough.