It is time for the final Christmas Pledge update.
As you know, almost one month ago I pledged to get a certain amount of holiday crap done before December. The point of this was to make December more enjoyable. I invited you to join in the pledge and a LOT of you did. Even my mother ran out and started buying Christmas presents way earlier than normal, vowing to take part in the pledge. O.K., she didn’t so much “vow” as mutter, Jesus Murphy I’d better go to the mall. And then she went.
By December 4th my plan was to have all of my shopping done, my wrapping paper and bows figured out, the outside of the house decorated (lights up, urns etc. done), the inside of the house decorated and my 30 or so Christmas Cards written out and in the mail.
Let’s break down what I have and haven’t done so far.
Shopping – I’m 95% done, with just a few minor things to order online. I did 90% of my shopping online this year. I highly recommend it.
Wrapping – I special ordered my wrapping paper (more on that later) and have all but one of the materials I need for bows. I plan to get it tonight.
Lights and Garland up outside – Check.
Planters and Windowboxes – Not so much. It’s been raining. A LOT. So rain or shine I’m gonna have to throw on some Ella Fitzgerald singing the Christmas Blues and get out there to finish it before this Sunday, the deadline.
Inside of house – Nope. Haven’t even started. I plan to start tonight, and spend all of tomorrow and part of Sunday doing the inside of the house. Yes. It takes me 2 straight days. What of it?
Christmas Cards – Addressed and filled out. Why for the love of God can’t I just go to the store and buy some stamps???!!! I will do this. I will, I will. I will bring the cards with me to the stamp store (post office) and I’ll stick the stamps on the cards right there and then and mail them. Otherwise I’ll bring the stamps home, stamp the envelopes and then leave the pile to sit on the kitchen table for the next 2 weeks.
So, I would call what I’ve accomplished a success. It looks like by December 4th I will have everything done I wanted to get done. Honestly I’ve never felt this relaxed by December 2nd. Normally I’m well on my way to taking up drinking in Olympic fashion by this time of year. I’m anxious and stressy about everything I suddenly have to do. I also start swearing a lot more by December 2nd. Good ones too. Jailhouse swear words. This year? I’m feeling good. I’m looking forward to baking some cookies, wrapping my presents and watching bad, made for TV Christmas movies about General Stores that need to be saved from foreclosure or smartly dressed cynical lawyers in New York City who fall in love and celebrate Christmas together. You know. That kindda stuff.
So that’s where I am. Where are you? Did you take part in the Christmas Pledge? Are you feeling more relaxed because of it? Have I been your Christmas therapist? Do you owe me money?
Lemme know. Now if you’ll excuse me I have some stamps to buy, urns to transform and a house to decorate.