I am curious – how many people are spending this weekend doing a lot of “crash shopping” with or for their family? And how many of you tend to do your shopping at other times or online? I say this because I had a “crash lesson” several years ago which completely changed the way I try to prepare for the holidays.
I used to be more about doing holidays just as they came along. Thanksgiving would be a couple days away and I’d finally get around to making that thing I was supposed to bring, plus do all the laundry, plus pack, plus try to scramble up some Xmas ideas for myself because I knew people would ask.
Then I sort of crashed into Christmas too. I tried to do all the decorating all in one day or night, finding that the last minute often creeped up on me far too quickly. I got trapped by procrastination and I tried to blast through the stores straining to find that “perfect” gift.
Then I was blessed with a great big interruption in the 1999 holiday season – my first child was due a couple of days before Thanksgiving. Thankfully, pregnancy lasts many months, so I had time to do the math and start changing my mindset about the holidays. She was going to force my hand so I could either suffer it my way or do something different.
I forced myself to start thinking about this before I “had to” think about it – like August. Totally not in the mood then, but it was either that or face the mall with an infant. Despite not being in the Christmas mood, I kept at it until nearly all of it was done.
Do you know what I learned then? Making fewer decision about the holidays with my emotions and more with my brain allowed me to do what I need to do without having it all crash on top of me. I was able to recover from the birth experience, do her specialty medical appointments out of town, and be …