You didn't think I'd forget THIS did you? It is time to sign up for The Christmas Pledge. A hand over heart, pinkie swear, spit in your palm and shake hands agreement that you will get everything you need to get done for Christmas before December 1st. Or die trying.
This pledge is applicable to Hanukkah or Kwanza or whatever other holiday you celebrate that seems to last for a month.
I am about to bestow upon you the greatest gift known to humans. The gift of mental stability during the holiday season all doused in the scent of pine.
O.K., a quick rundown of what The Christmas Pledge is and what it entails. It's a pledge that you are going to commit to getting all of the Christmas crap done BEFORE Christmas. In fact you'll get it allllllll done before December 1st. Suck on that procrastinators.
As a result, you will have the entire month of December for doing fun things as opposed to running into stores last minute holding massive underpants over your head screaming "WHAT DO YOU MEAN ALL YOU HAVE IS XXXXXXXX-LARGE LEFT???!!!".
YOU are going to buy your presents now so they aren't out of the size, colour or brand you want.
YOU are going to mix up cookie dough and stick it in the freezer so you can bake them fresh in December.
YOU are going to drag out, dust off and put up your Christmas decorations so your house looks like the Restoration Hardware catalogue farted on it. All before December 1st.
YOU. ARE. GOING. TO. BE. READY. For Christmas.
Why should you take the Christmas pledge?
The decision is yours to make. There are PLENTY of people who can attest to how well The Christmas Pledge works. I know. You think it's stupid. You think starting to get ready for Christmas almost 2 months before the big event actually happens is gross, ridiculous and a bit much. You know what's more ridiculous? Being surprised when Christmas "sneaks up on you". Over the course of the 364 days you had to prepare for it.
Because I happen to be in the middle of blog overhaul hell, I won't be holding your hand quite as much this year so that calendar is the SOLE thing keeping you from a mental institution this year. Well that and Zoloft.
So print The Christmas Pledge, put it on your cupboard and mark things off as you go. If you don't have time to do something either decide that you just are NOT going to do it and forget about it, or schedule it in for another day. But don't get all frazzled if you missed doing some stuff because getting all stressed is just going to prevent you from doing the other things. Just do them, or get it out of your head that you HAVE to do them.
For instance if you said to yourself in July, Gosh I'm going to make a 5' tall croquembouche as a hostess gift for my neighbour's Christmas party" but the thought of doing it is making your eye twitch? Then just don't do it. Either that or invest in an eye patch so no one can see the twitching.
ALSO if you want to share your ideas or have a way to be accountable for staying on top of things then JOIN THE CHRISTMAS PLEDGE Facebook group.
Good luck. On your marks. Get set. Ho.
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