Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's the End of the World as We Know It

No really.

See, about ten to twelve years ago, I used to start Christmas shopping in January. That's right, January. I would make my list and pick a couple of people for each month and buy ahead. That way, I wasn't stressed in December! And I had plenty of extra cash to spend on decorating! And Christmas traditions! And fancy cooking!

Then, I had kids. Almost immediately, that ended.

But still, I finished up on Black Friday. For the past six Christmases, with the exception of those people you never remember (Oh, hi. Yeah, I forgot that I knew people at work. Really, we do gifts. Um... I'm Jewish? Oh, I talk about church a lot. Well, um. The presents, they are in my car. I'll just go out and get them. I'll be back in about an hour.) I was always done by noon on Black Friday.

This year, I started on Black Friday and today, today is my last paycheck between now and Christmas and I have approximately 19,000 gifts left to buy. I should make a list. But I'm afraid I'd throw up.

In the meantime, I have decided not to do Christmas cards, because, well, bwahahaha.

I just spent a little over an hour trying to spend a gift card online. I finally finished but not before calling in a favor from the woman who works down the hall from my mother. Because that's how desperate I've gotten.

I used to sit back in late November, wrapping my presents and feeling superior and swear that the world would end before I was one of those schmoe's in Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve. I may miss that fate this year, but at the rate I'm going, it's going to be soon. I'd be makin' my peace if I were you.


Suze said...

So i'm watching that video and my 5yo son wanders down and says "What's that?" and I answer "The sound track of my high school years," and he says "Huh," before losing interest and wandering back upstairs. That takes me back, is all I'm sayin'

Anyway, I've never done Christmas cards. Ever. I figure, once I start, then there's no going back, and I'm a believer in not getting more stressed out than necessary at the holidays. Probably everyone I know and love save immediate family thinks I've dropped off the face of the earth (since I also don't do FB!) but honestly? I'm okay with that.

That said, Christmas is but 10 days away and I just cast on for my "little" brother's size 12 socks. Gah.

Jessi said...

Suze - I know what you mean, I ended up listening to REM for the rest of the day. I love that song.

I pretty much do Christmas cards as a way to pepper the world with pictures of my kids. Good luck with Joe's socks. I have a crochet project I haven't started yet.

Strangeite said...

I am really really really late about getting our Christmas card ready. I know what I want to do, but just haven't had the time to prepare it.

Here is a link to last year's card.