I have your first Christmas/holiday/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Yay it’s December homework for you.
This weekend, if you’re out and about in the world, I want you to start your Christmas shopping. If you’ve already started it congratulations, you’re exempt from this assignment and can instead spend the weekend shopping for Easter bonnets.
I don’t mean I want you to specifically go out Christmas shopping. What I mean is if you’re out, keep your eyes peeled for presents for family and friends. It’ll be easy now that I’ve put the notion in your head. Then if you see something … BUY IT.
You will return home with a bizarre feeling of relief knowing that you have started your Christmas shopping! If the only place you plan on going this weekend is the gas station and the retirement home to visit gramma you might be in trouble unless the people on your list love air fresheners and aluminum walkers.
This is my Christmas trunk(s).
The top case is my sewing kit/basket. The bottom two suitcases are filled with presents. One good reason to put them in cases like this is you can’t look at the presents all the time and think You know … Christmas is a long way off and I really could use a nice (insert random present from suitcase here). So far the only 2 things I’ve taken out of the suitcases were 2 presents for the fella. I threw them out my front door and now all of the squirrels and chipmunks in my area smell of a custom blended cologne and are making winter nests with pages from the latest John Grisham novel.
This, by the way, is an ongoing assignment. From here on in I want you to remember about present buying. So if you go to a new store, an antique shop or are browsing around Etsy and you see something someone would love, BUY IT. Keep this up for the next few weeks and your present buying could be done before you’ve eaten your way through all the mini Halloween chocolate bars you figured you’d buy early to get it out of the way only to end up eating the entire box yourself.
Speaking of presents, and I swear I didn’t plan this, I wanted to let you know that I am now a contributing write for Lee Valley. I LOVE LEE VALLEY! Honestly. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Lee Valley. Around Christmastime I go through the catalogue and circle things I want just like I did when I was a kid.
Have a good weekend!