Good morning everyone!
Kayla asked me yesterday whether we were going to have any company over soon, and as I listed what we had planned for the next few weekends, I came to a stunning realization – Christmas is only six weeks away! Thanksgiving is next week! How can this be possible?
It seems like only last week we were coming to the end of summer vacation and the start of the new school year, only last month when summer vacation began, and just a couple of months ago that I started writing this blog and Mark and I were enjoying Key West. It just isn’t possible that 2011 can be getting ready to leave us, and yet it is!
Once I realized how close Christmas is, I had a brief moment of panic. Beyond an idea or two floating out there for one or two gifts, I have done nothing towards preparing for Christmas. (Yes, Mom, I know – you probably are only one gift away from finishing your Christmas shopping now, if you haven’t finished it already, and I admire you and the others out there who are in the same state of preparedness – but somehow that gene just didn’t get transferred to me!)
After a brief moment though, the panic subsided. Even though only three of those weekends may be available for shopping, the internet has changed the way I shop. This is both a good thing and a bad thing for chronic procrastinators such as myself. While I can reach a much greater array of products than I could otherwise, the fact that many sites proudly announce that you can order your gifts as late as December 21, 22 or 23 and still have them arrive by Christmas doesn’t exactly spur me into immediate action. And yes, I still do a fair share of gift buying at local merchants as well, which conveniently will be open as late as the morning of Christmas Eve. (However, even I prefer not to wait that late if I can help it!)
Well, thank you for giving me just a minute to share my panic attack with you. I feel better already! Do you?
Have a great day everyone!
P.S. What do you do to get ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas or the holiday of your choice this time of year and when do your preparations start?