(No, not really.)
Believe it or not, it's time for me to start planning Christmas!
No, I'm not one of those wonderfully organized people who shops for Christmas presents all year long and gets them all pre wrapped and stashed.
When one buys presents ahead of time, one has to hide them from potential recipients. And for true security, they should be wrapped to avoid "peek-ability". Any time I have tried to do this, I have either forgotten where I have hidden them, or what they are, or both.
Which is how we ended up with two copies of the DVD "Spiderman 2" - the one I not only hid, but forgot I bought in the first place and bought again. I just found the second copy 4 months ago. I bought it in 2005.
No, I have to start planning for Christmas because probably 85% of the gifts I give are homemade. Some gifts are food - chocolate truffles, jam and salsa, infused vinegars etc., some are crafts - candles, scarves, hats, mittens, and some are art - painted furniture, blown glass, jigsaw puzzles, jewelry, purses, framed photos, etc.
Once - and only once - I made a patchwork quilt. A word about quilting - when they tell you exact cutting and piecing is important - they're not kidding. My twin sized quilt resembled a trapezoid more than a rectangle. I put a border on it to compensate and just hoped no one noticed.
I started the tradition of giving away things I'd made about twenty years ago when A) we had no money and couldn't afford to buy much in the way of gifts (come to think of it we still don't have much money and can't afford to buy much in the way of gifts - which kind of stinks) and B) I was drowning in my art. I can be rather prolific and the house was getting awfully full.
As there are usually over 60 people on our gift list, now is the time I have to start planning and executing. Some of the gifts will be things I have already made and set aside, but I never seem to really do enough of that.
So, starting today, there will be a new category dedicated to Christmas on the daily bookings schedule.
Posting my schedule has already helped me accomplish things that I previously let slide for weeks - even months (public humiliation is such a motivator) so I'm hoping that posting the Christmas countdown will keep me off of the "Oh my God - Christmas is in a week and I'm so behind!!!!" cliff of despair.