Thursday, August 27, 2009
Usually by this time of year I've completed most of my Christmas shopping. I've barely started this year. My prime months of January and February, when I find the best bargains and sales, were totally lost to me this year when I ended up dealing with my breast cancer diagnosis, so here I am almost into September and I haven't done a thing. This is not good.
I'm not someone who deals well with chaos, although I know some people thrive on it. At least I guess they do since they seem to choose it for their lives. No - I'm strictly a plan-ahead kind of girl and I've been doing things like Christmas shopping in February for over thirty years now. Its the only way I know to really enjoy the holidays. If I'm done with the shopping by Thanksgiving, I'll have all the weeks following to enjoy baking cookies, decorating my house, attending Christmas programs, and entertaining during the holidays. It makes the holidays so enjoyable and I hate to think I may not have that time this year.
So - I'm making myself a promise to get out as soon as school starts (and the outlets are quiet!) and get my shopping done. Every year my family seems to grow so the list gets longer and longer. I love giving gifts and don't want it to become a chore. So this is it now: by the end of September, all the Christmas shopping will be done! And then I can wrap up those gifts, pile them in the corner of my bedroom, and sit back and plan how I'm going to enjoy December. Now if I can stay focused, it might actually happen...