To know me is to know that I tend to procrastinate – and let’s face it – am not very organized. So – with these characteristics – it is no surprise that I am usually a last-minute Christmas shopper. Very last-minute. Like Christmas-Eve shopping and stopping
on Christmas Day at the gas station to grab a bottle of wine. However, two things have helped me to overcome some of this last-minute frenzy.
Firstly, the internet. Yay Online Shopping! This year I actually did some shopping in November (gasp)! I appreciate not having to physically tool around to multiple shops. Don’t get me wrong – I love some leisurely shopping and strolling through cool shops…it’s just that Christmas shopping isn’t usually like that.
Secondly, I used my talents to create some of my gifts and decorations. Cost-savings aside (which are really debatable when you consider the cost of materials and time invested) this was hugely satisfying to me. I loved the feeling of holiday spirit that sitting and sewing and creating gave to me. To actually make something for people I care for is an
entire different experience than grabbing something at the store because a deadline is approaching and I need something, anything! to give them when I see them. People from my mom to my hair stylist received handmade gifts – and I felt good about it – because they were quality gifts made with love.
Some of the fun wasn’t in making things to give – it was just in making things for fun with my kids. And we baked. Man, did we bake. Let’s see – we made chocolate covered pretzels,
sugar cookies, pumpkin trifle, tres leche cake, pumpkin crumble, peach crumble… and I’m sure I’m missing something…the five+ pounds tells me I am. 😉
In total – a very blessed and happy holiday season around here. I hope for you and yours too. Now – on to 2011!