Look, I don’t want to think about it either, but the truth is the time has come for The Christmas Pledge. So think about it now and get it done, or think about it later and become so stressed you spend the holidays drooling in your psychiatrist’s office. Your choice.
Think of me as your personal Christmas Elf. For those of you who don’t know, at the start of every November I introduce the yearly Christmas Pledge. A calendar that forces you to get all the Christmas crap done and finished by December 1st so you have that hectic month to relaxxxxx. It’s a polarizing topic here on The Art of Doing Stuff.
Even I don’t want to do The Christmas Pledge this year. Here’s why.
A week ago I got a text from a friend of mine saying she had a ton of writing deadlines to get done over the next month or so but once they were finished and things had settled down with work, she and her family were going to pack their bags and sit on a beach like they do every holiday season.
She’s Jewish so it isn’t a completely fair comparison. She doesn’t have a tree to decorate.
While she’s lighting her menorah candles, eating exotic food on the beach and deciding which frothy concoction served in a coconut shell to drink next, I’ll be here digging sparkles out of my scalp and drowning my sorrows in a partially crystallized bottle of Creme de Menthe.
After thinking about her simple holidays and my over the top holidays I said to my cat:
Do you know what? Suck it. I’M SIMPLIFYING CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR.
And my cat looked at me, turned around, swished her tail and ignored me. I’d half thought about simpifying Christmas around a month ago, but I’m feeling particularly burned out this year and would like to have the least amount of work possible for once in my life.
No, I know, I don’t believe me either. But I’m going to try.
I’m still going to do every single thing I normally do over Christmas – the cards, the presents, the decorating, the cookie baking – I’m just going to do it simpler. Instead of custom Christmas cards, I’ll use regular store bought. Instead of going over the top with decorating I’m going to keep it to garland, lights and candles.
Because I know me, I know that I have to plan for this. Otherwise I’ll start out with my goal of a simple, pioneer Christmas but by day 3 I’ll slowly slide into my natural state of Christmas excess with a vision of 32 different Christmas Eve appetizers all delivered to guests via a vintage train set that runs throughout the entire house.
omg 😲I *just* came up with that idea and it is the BEST idea ever!!! A vintage train that runs from the kitchen, through the foyer and then into the living room with little plates of individual appetizers on top!!!
See? This is the level of creative compulsion I’m dealing with. I have to fight it. 3 appetizers served on a regular platter will be fine. The only problem I have with the simplified 3 appetizer scenario is that only a real asshead wouldn’t make at least 14 appetizers on Christmas Eve. Served on at least some sort of vintage toy.
I very much want to be that asshead.
Join me now in taking the Christmas Pledge.
If you want to give it a shot (there are plenty of people who can vouch for it’s effectiveness) you can print the entire downloadable Christmas Pledge Checklist here with 30 days of Christmas planning. By the end of the checklist you’ll be at November 30th and EVERY single thing you need to do before Christmas will be done.
If you’re looking for inspiration and motivation join the Christmas Pledge Facebook group.
Leaving the entire month of December for winery tours, Christmas movies and family fights.