The most … "wonderful?" … time of the year
Every Christmas, I have the best intentions to immediately begin shopping for the following year. But I just never follow through with it.
Every Christmas, I have the best intentions to relax and enjoy the “most wonderful time of year.” And I end up being bogged down with shopping, wrapping, cleaning, work — which always goes bananas around the holidays, because clients are extra-psycho.
This year, I have a plan. I want to be free to go to holiday get-togethers and not have to worry about wrapping and shopping. I want to be free to relax and enjoy spending time with the fam.
Goals for before Christmas:
- Have all shopping finished — and I mean all shopping, and no “I-just-have-a-couple-of-little-things-to-pick-up” crap — by November 23. This is frightening, since I haven’t started yet, gulp.
- Have the tree up/condo decorated by November 29.
- Have all hand-made cards finished by November 30.
- Have all cards written and mailed by December 7.
- Have all wrapping finished by December 14 — ooh, I love wrapping! Can’t wait.
- Have all presents sorted and labeled (according to the family home in which they are destined, i.e. mine, his, siblings’ homes) by December 21. Last year I was shoving wrapped gifts into garbage bags on Christmas Eve. Uh, not again.
Goals for during Christmas:
Goals for after Christmas:
- Actually attend Boxing Day sales, for once in my life (or at least shop online sales). Everyone always gets such great deals at these, but I despise crowds, so I never go.
- Begin saving for the following Christmas. If we saved a bit of money every month specifically for Christmas, then maybe my credit card won’t feel its usual pinch in November and December.
- Begin making holiday cards. It’s never too early to start this, as I’m realizing now.
- Begin making holiday gifts. Same deal.
Have you made any Christmas-y goals?