I got a takeout coffee last week.
For those of you in Italy, Portugal and the like, a takeout coffee is a coffee they give you in a paper cup that you leave the coffee shop with. You do not have to bring the cup back.
So, to further explain you buy a coffee and then … you take it out into the world with you. Takeout coffee.
You can take it with you wherever you’re going. To another store or on a walk or to the mall. If you aren’t familiar with malls, they’re just like hell but instead of fire and brimstone, there’s teenagers and fluorescent lighting. And Cinnabon.
You do not have to relax in the cafe you purchased the coffee in. The concept of the takeout coffee allows you to maintain your rapid fire North American pace of a chihuahua on speed.
Now that I’ve cleared that up I’ll get back to my story. I got a coffee last week that came in a holiday cup. It was a deep red with white snowflakes all over it. It screamed CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!!
And then *I* screamed CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!! Right there in the coffee shop.
So it is with great sadness that I must tell you … it’s time to take the 30 day Christmas Pledge.
It was one year ago, almost to the day, that I announced last year’s Christmas Pledge and invited you to take the challenge with me. The challenge I present you with, is to get all the crap you need to get done for the holidays, before the holidays. Within the next 30 days to be precise. That will give you the entire month of December to actually enjoy the holidays. To embrace them instead of dread them.
If you take my 30 day Christmas Pledge, by December 5th you will be done everything you need to do. Your present buying, your house decorating, your Christmas Card sending … all of it. Freeing up the entire month of December to do stuff you want to do. Create a life sized Gingerbread House? You can do it. Knit your pets leisure suits out of cooked spaghetti? You can do it.
The possibilities are endless when you take the Christmas Pledge.
So take the Christmas pledge with me …
“I, (insert name here) being of sound mind and slightly jiggly body, agree to take the Christmas Pledge. I pledge to get all the crap done I need to, by December 5th. And then I will lounge and eat chips.”
This pledge is applicable to Hanukkah or Kwanza or whatever other holiday you celebrate that seems to last for a month.
I will be keeping you updated as to my progress (I actually hope to be done by Sunday, December 2nd but I’m an overachiever like that) and I expect you to do the same. Come the first week in December, I plan to be full of Christmas cheer and as far away from hell as possible.