The Christmas Pledge.
How’d you do?

You knew this was coming when I invited you to take the pledge.

I am now going to ask how you did. I considered printing out all of your names here (those of you who agreed to take the pledge), but decided against it based solely on the fact that I’m afraid Santa has some sort of patent or copyright on the whole Naughty or Nice list thing.

I can’t afford to get sued by someone who has so much power he can control the behaviour of approximately 378 million children for the entire month of December.

So instead of pledge shaming you I will instead just ask … how’d you do?

Here. I’ll go first.

I didn’t do well. I did O.K. though. Let’s take a look again at the Christmas Pledge calendar, shall we?


So I still have a couple of presents to buy (which is WORRISOME) and everything to wrap. But I really like the stuff I got for wrapping this year, so I don’t mind doing it in December. I’ll probably do it tonight actually.

Saying the interior of the house is decorated is pretty much a lie. It’s mostly done, but there’s only so much I can do with the current mess of the kitchen which seems to spill out into the rest of the house. I’ve done as much as I can though. It’s not my fault. It’s the kitchen’s fault.

I also didn’t do everything on the exact days written down. The days were more of a guideline to get stuff done. The outdoor stuff didn’t get done until the very, VERY last minute as a matter of fact. Mostly due to the fact that last year I thought I’d hide all of my outdoor Christmas garland in a nook behind the pegboard in my workshop. Which means to get it out, I have to remove everything from my workbench, all the tools and other crap from the pegboard, unscrew the pegboard and remove it, then hop up onto the workbench and pull all the garland out of the nook. Then of course, everything has to be done in reverse.

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

It no longer seems like such a good idea.

It reminds me of the time I ate 3 bowls of chili and 4 pieces of buttered toast in one sitting.

So that’s where I am, 20 days before Christmas.  Not a bad place to be really.   2 presents to buy, all my gifts to wrap and then I also have the food to make for my Christmas Eve party, but I like doing that and look forward to it as opposed to dreading it.

Now, if I hadn’t got everything done prior to this point I would not only be dreading everything I had to do, I’d also be dreading all the food I had to make.  And to compensate for all my feelings of dread I’d eat bowls and bowls of chili, making my stomach feel as though someone had inflated it to the point of explosion with a rusty old bicycle  pump.

So how did you do?  Did you take the pledge and if so, how far did you get with it?  Or maybe you didn’t take the pledge and are now wishing you had.

Or maybe you can’t speak right now because you’re stuffing your face full of chili.

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Hope says:

    Your pledge galvanized me into action mid-Nov. although I was to fearful to actually commit …I only have the baking left to do and that is intentional. No matter where I hide it, freeze it. camouflage it if we KNOW it is there we happily hunt it down and eat it before the company ever arrives. There is something about butter in anything….

  2. Tres says:

    Done! 182 cards sent, all gifts purchased and wrapped, tree and all indoor/outdoor decorations are done. Having a Christmas party scheduled at the house for 80 people tomorrow may have added a bit of additional motivation.

    • Karen says:

      182 Christmas cards???!!!! 80 people???!!! Are you a member of the royal family or something?! I’d have been far more refined in my posts had I known. ~ karen! :)

  3. Reg says:

    I didn’t take the pledge, but used it as a guide to keep on track. Organization isn’t my best attribute.
    Cards done and mailed, wrapping bought, thought I had tags left over from last year but I can’t find them. That organization thing mentioned. Outdoors done, 2 gifts left to buy and this weekend schlep the indoor decorations from the basement and put the tree up.
    I don’t bake so I’m off the hook there. I gave up baking when dunking the cookies I made in coffee or tea wouldn’t soften them up. Sis makes enough for us all. One year I got a gallon bucket filled with her cookies. Best gift ever.

  4. Sandi says:

    I’m doing great! I took the pledge, sort of. . . knowing I was having Thanksgiving dinner at my house and not wanting to have it Christmas-ified already at that point. So my plan was, shopping for all remaining gifts (most of them) on Black Friday, decorating on Saturday, and wrapping on Sunday. And it’s almost all done. I do have a couple of gifts yet to get, but they’re gift cards so I know what I’m getting and where to get them. And then I just have a couple more to wrap–stocking stuffers for my hubby, mostly.

    And I’m already enjoying the Christmas season and feeling so relaxed!! :)

  5. Eve-Marie says:

    Took the pledge and it made for a very hectic November! Hopefully it pays off with a relaxed December.

    House is decorated inside and out, minus the tree which will get cut n’ trimmed this weekend. Cards are mailed. 85% of gifts are bought and warped. Another 5% are bought on-line and on their way. The rest are DIY and I have all of those left, eek! Holiday party dresses planned, as are dinner menus. Turkey is ordered from the butcher. NO cookie dough made! Still, not so bad.

  6. Jill says:

    I suck… :(

  7. christine says:

    All shopping and wrapping done, save a couple of online purchases yet to be delivered. Decorating done, except tree because that waits for university kids to be home. Cookies will be made next week (paleo ginger). Don’t do many cookies as husband is celiac and allergic to nuts. My big downfall is cards. Am considering not doing them, or trimming the list severely – ie. to only those who are far away and that we don’t see regularly. I hate doing cards. Weird eh?

    • Margaret K. says:

      Nope, not weird. I never saw any point in sending cards to people we see all the time or speak to at least weekly and will be giving spoken holiday messages. For 40 years we have only sent cards to folks we want to stay in touch with, but who are too far away to see regularly.

  8. Carol says:

    I didn’t officially take the pledge, but I privately vowed to finish my shopping by the end of November. However, after several fruitless shopping trips, I have come to accept that I do my best work under pressure.

  9. Alicia says:

    Yeah, didnt do nearly as well as I would have liked, but Im still further along with my Christmas stuff than I was this time last year, so SUCCESS!

  10. Jane says:

    Didn’t actually take the pledge…..just in my mind. Happy to say, I’m just about ready. Two gifts left to buy, but others all wrapped, house decorated. Waiting to do the tree when my youngest daughter returns from school, but it is up and waiting. Feels great!! Best I’ve done in years and so glad I made the effort as now I feel I can enjoy the season! Thanks for the reminder!

  11. leslie says:

    Ugh. It’s 9 degrees, farenheit outside santa Fe and the thought of doing anything like putting lights up just makes me run to the cupboard for chocolate.
    I did buy most of my gifts for all 4 of my kids and my husband. Problem is he has a birthday on Dec. 14th, poor guy, which has me stumped every year as to what to do for him. He’s not picky though. I guess I’ll get him a Christmas tree (snort).

    • Karen says:

      Wanna hear something funny? It was 16 degrees celsius here yesterday! That’s 61 fahrenheit for you American folks. WARM! :) ~ karen

  12. Donna says:

    Loaned some decorations to my daughter for her party. Get them back to-day and will finish decorating here. Have one gift to find for an eight year old boy–any suggestions?? Will bake and clean next week and then just have the food to buy and prepare. We buy the turkey and my daughter cooks it–good deal! Thanks for your up date, it keeps us on our toes!!

  13. kate-v says:

    I don’t take the Christmas Pledge, but I do use your calendar as a reminder for what I need to do – especially on days when I can’t remember anything – also, I think my preparations are much simpler than yours. For instance outside decorating to me means buying two nice poinsettia plants at the store and putting one on the bench on either side of the front door. Also there are those tins I bought at the Nearly New to use as ‘wrapping’ – I put the gift in the tin and then put the lid on: done, done and done! I was able to find more cute tins and except for the gifts I mailed all my gifts this year are in tins – or bottles, as the case maybe. Baking is not done, but I’m hoping the weather stays nice so I can bake rhubarb pies and I usually bake pies closer to the day they’ll be given. I just keeping checking and find there is another thing to do, but since I don’t go to great lengths, it is usually fairly simple. I put the Christmas towels in the bathroom, and am using the Christmas dishes in the sideboard. Cards are ready to send and will be sent out on the 15th – these are electronic cards – I now send modern computer cards to most everyone. I still have a few cards I mail out – cards with cash in them and cards for those with out a computer, but I have the cards, I have written the cards – just need to address and mail. I made most of the gifts this year and I didn’t start in November 2013 — I started last December 2012– one year ago, but I’m happy with the results.
    It’s a good list you have and helps keep things on track. Some years are just screwy because of every/anything but they will be in the past soon enough, so don’t worry about it – enjoy the season!

  14. Let’s just say I was a silent pledger.

    I didn’t actually get around to pledging, but I did listen to your advice and finish so many of my pre-Christmas chores. The only thing pending is a few last interior decorations and three last Christmas cards. If only people didn’t move so often, I wouldn’t have to track down new addresses every year.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. kristin says:
    Clueless on gifts. Cards still have to be designed & ordered online (i bought a groupon or some shizz). My man & the kids did most of the decorating (so it’s less than spectacular, but it’s partly finished). Complete ball of stress here–just thinking about chili gives me an ulcer!

  16. Shel says:

    I can’t think of the list right now…I have a face stuffed with cinnamon roll which seems like a good idea for the time. I didn’t do the pledge because I’d fail miserably at it then beat myself up for the rest of December. I did, however, put my tree up on December 1st, which is roughly 3weeks earlier than I usually manage to do. Of course it’s not decorated…hope to do that tonight after work. No gifts bought but Amazon prime is my bestest friend and I know (vaguely) what I intend to buy. The in-laws may or may not be here; we’ll know roughly on the 24th or so if they’ll be able to make the transcontinental trip. So…there you have it. Worry…who, me? Nah….

  17. Stacey says:

    80% done. A couple gifts left to buy plus stocking stuffers. Nothings wrapped. Outside lights are up. Inside decorated except the tree. It has been standing there bald for a week. Maybe tomorrow I can put something on it. Still feel pretty good about where I am though. Bring it on!

  18. nicole d says:

    I’m saving the wrapping and the cards, because it’s my favourite part… but the house is (mildly) decorated, inside and out, all of the gifts are bought… does feel good. :) thanks for the inspiration/kick in the ass to do so. haha.

  19. calliek says:

    I didn’t take the pledge either but reading about it has made me a bit more aware of getting an earlier start on things so that’s something I guess! For instance, there’s a Christmas tree sale in Toronto to raise money for the Daily Bread Food Bank and the minimum donation for a lovely real tree is $10. The trick is that it’s only one day and it’s at 6 am so I’ve missed it the last two years and had to do without a tree. This year I looked up the date weeks ago and it’s written in big letters on my calendar! I’ve also located the stand and most of the ornaments so there will be a tree this year!

    I have a long way to go on shopping tho- 18 books to buy for 18 nieces and nephews, and stocking stuffers for 12 siblings and respective partners is barely begun. sigh…

  20. Cindy says:

    I’m in great shape. Cards mailed, gifts wrapped and shipped, and house decorated. My baking is all that remains, and I enjoy that. Of course, I didn’t make the December 1 deadline, but I made it by the 4th so I can’t complain. Thanks for the challenge. I wouldn’t have been so organized if you hadn’t posted the calendar.

  21. Candice says:

    I printed out the pledge and put it on the fridge as a reminder. It did seem to help. Exterior decor – done, interior decor – done, foreign relatives’ cards – mailed, domestic cards – still to write and mail, wrapping stuff – figured out; however…I have only purchased ONE gift – argh! So I’m hoping to knock most of that out this weekend.

  22. Mary Kay says:

    OK – Debbie sorry to hear about your mother-in-law – but a CRUISE ship – Damn. SU – on a beach in Mexico and Marti all shipped and ready to go…well in the words of our beloved blogger you can all suck it! LOL

    I have one present bought, 1/2 my cookies baked – which is really bad because now all I do is snack on them, and that’s about it.

    I need to get my behind in gear which is going to be hard since I will spend this Saturday, this coming Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in a bowling alley since my daughter is on her High School Bowling team – OH JOY – let the snow fly – I think I will have my Christmas guests decorate my tree for me…hmmm

    Merry Christmas ALL!!!!!

  23. jainegayer says:

    I didn’t take the Christmas Pledge.
    No gifts bought, no cards made, no cookie dough sitting in the freezer, no decorations up unless you count the pine cone I threw in the front door planter that houses the big pumpkin. I mean I should get some points for that, right. It’s a pretty big pine cone.
    Yep, I am a LARDASS! and I’m going back to bed.

  24. Thera says:

    Our finances took a huge hit a few weeks ago, so my plans were drastically reduced.
    However, 99% of the decorating is done inside and out, I just have to make (literally) the garland for around the front door.
    Almost all the shopping is done, but I have to do hubby’s Aunt and Grandmother’s shopping for them, but they haven’t sent the money as yet.
    Wrapping does not happen until last minute as I have smart children that see the gift and guess what it is with uncanny accuracy.
    Baking is not going to happen due to the above, except a few batches of sugar cookies, one of which I hope to get done today, along with the garland, as we are having guests this evening.
    I became too ambitious with the cards due again to the above, so I am hand painting each one, needless to say I am a touch behind.

  25. I didn’t take the pledge but by the time this is over I might have to take the cure. In Mexico, preferably, with Su.
    By the end of November:
    Presents and gift cards ordered.
    Chocolates and wine bought.
    New Christmas tree bought, complete with lights.
    Christmas tubs hauled out of the clay basement.
    House cleaned.
    By December 4th:
    Checked the delivery from one company and discovered that they had inexplicably cancelled my order (and yes, the credit card was fine!) and I was going to have to scramble because they hadn’t notified me.
    Decided since it was so late, I’d give the grandkids the gift of hope (goat); sent the gift cards and other presents and realized I’d sent one of the gift cards meant for an employee.
    The day after I bought the phony tree, a supplier landed in at the store with a load of sweet, piney-smelling real Christmas trees.
    Since this is the first full Christmas in my new home, my dog has never seen a Christmas tree. He took one look at the decorations and thought, “BALL!” After crunching his first decoration, he has stuck to sneaking off the birds and butterflies.
    The Christmas decorations, which hadn’t been used in 10 years, smell mouldy.
    The second dog (a rough coat Jack Russell) suddenly looked like he stuck his nose in a light socket and is shedding several dogs a day throughout the house. And since we have had rain/snow, rain/snow and I have two hairy footed dogs, one shedding, the house is no longer at all clean.
    I gave up and ate all the chocolates and am making good inroads on the wine.
    But if things went smoothly, I’d probably find life a little dull.

  26. Debbie says:

    I’m as crazy as the next person in rushing and driving myself crazy to get ready for a holiday. Sometimes I have to sit back and remind myself that somehow, some way, what has to get done gets done. After all, whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa (all very different holidays with their own special meanings), isn’t the point of every celebration to remember and sanctify the meaning of the day? In the end, it isn’t about the decorations, the food or even the gifts, it is about celebrating one’s beliefs in one’s heart and sharing that with family and friends.

    Karen, you give a gift to many every day – a smile and a moment of respite. To you and to all of those celebrating their beliefs, whether you have a six-foot tall tree and your electric bill is sky high in December, or if the only gift you can give is a hug and a kiss, may your holiday be filled with joyousness and love.

  27. Sarah says:

    I’ve done it all but the Christmas cards……I can’t seem to be motivated to do that….

  28. Carol says:

    Gifts and cards, bought, wrapped and written, some recipients have even had theirs delivered. Cards and stuff for the US sent yesterday. Decorations will be done today, and the bird is in the freezer!!

    Sorry couldn’t find any 2 ply spaghetti … so haven’t done any knitting!

  29. Kelly says:

    Cards done, gifts bought but not wrapped yet; ditto for the stocking stuffers (my husband’s family has the bizarre belief they must also be wrapped); baking is not yet done because boys are not yet home and I might eat it if there is not competition. Tree goes up this weekend, which to my mind is still two weeks too early, but I won’t find a short wide little scotch pine for love or money otherwise. So, on target; not frantic except on the work front. Thinking maybe Xmas could be hired out to an Organize Anything kind of person

  30. Karen too says:

    I did the pledge last year but didn’t take ” the pledge” so this year I embraced it. I did very well and I’m very pleased. The gifts are all bought except one gift cert and all I have to do is put up to decorations and wrap gifts. I’ll do both this weekend when DH is out of town. Thank you for the gentle tinsel wrapped “kick in the pants”each year. It makes a difference for me.

  31. Tigersmom says:

    I was doing very well. Until my need to maintain my status as the poster child for “Haste makes waste” caused me to severely sprain my ankle when I fell off the side of the bathtub as I was trying to hang a stupid clock in my son’s bathroom. Thirty seconds to go grab a step stool could have prevented what will amount to a colossal loss of time.

    This happened on Wednesday right after I had gone out to run the errands I needed to get ready for Christmas, fortunately, and before we got hit with this sleet and ice that we’re gonna have until Monday.

    (Just a side note about Texas weather. It was up to 80 degrees on Wednesday and is supposed to get down to 19 degrees tonight. That is a 61 degree drop in temperature. I think winter has arrived but can’t say how long she’ll stay. Could be 75 in a week.)

    We do 2 fresh trees and got those on Sunday after we hung up the outside lights. They are not decorated. I got the lights on both of them before I went down, but the first very long string of lights I put on the tree in the den decided to halfway burn out. Which means that half the string of 300 is lit and the other half is not. Of course, this being the first string put on the tree means the whole lot of them has to come off and be redone. The lights are half off the tree and puddled on the floor and since all our decorations in an upstairs closet, nothing else has happened as stairs are not an option for me at this point.

    On the up side, I’m good on gifts with the exception of the few I’m making and the wrapping has been purchased but not done. Its the decorating that may have to be scaled back way more than I planned on this year.

    And you know those little motorized carts at the grocery store for use by people with difficulty walking? I got to use one of those on a trip to the grocery store yesterday afternoon when the store was mobbed with people who had left work early to lay in provisions for the coming winter storm. (Down here, when the roads get icy, the schools close and people stay home and don’t drive unless absolutely necessary.) And you know how the cart beeps when you reverse in it? It made me feel like the butt of the fat joke, “Your momma’s so fat she beeps when she backs up.” Yeah, so driving one of the motorized carts…’s not nearly as fun as you’d think. : /

    And I’m pretty sure my husband was behind me taking pictures.

    • Karen says:

      A 61 degree drop in temperature! Holy crap. On the bigger topic, how long will you be broken for? ~ karen

      • Tigersmom says:

        I’m not sure. The day it happened, I couldn’t put any weight on it without crying out in pain. I was very good about icing and elevating and the next day, (yesterday) I was able to hobble about very slowly. This morning it is the most swollen and colorful it has been so far, but I’m able to hobble a little faster. It is my right foot, so hopefully I will be able to drive by the time my son goes back to school on Monday.

        Back to the weather, we have had sleet falling for hours and now that it’s light out you can see that some branches are down and the trees are really bent over. Its beautiful on the trees that have lost their leaves but a bit scary on the live oaks and others that haven’t. Hopefully we won’t lose power.

        And thanks for asking. : )

  32. Pru says:

    I’ve been waiting for this post so that I can gloat! Yippee! All presents and cards bought. All for abroad sent, all other cards written – and will be posted tomorrow, all presents wrapped. House decorated, tree comes in week or so otherwise it will die before the big day. To do list is finished and this is why I love having it done by the end of November. Now I can start baking cookies and enjoy it all.

  33. Rondina says:

    Didn’t take the pledge. I planned to work three out of four days during Thanksgiving weekend, but when I woke up to the Macy”s parade I realized, “Oh yea, Christmas.” I have been in hot pursuit of finishing so I can concentrate again. I shipped two boxes today. The stockings are done. The mantel isn’t done, but I have all the supplies. I still need two presents. Christmas cards are still lying on the dining room table. I can’t finish outside decorations until the ice is gone sometime next week.

    My new thing this year was to put a living Christmas tree on the front porch. I painted the stand with beige chalk paint and wrapped it in burlap. Just plain lights. It’s cheery. And probably frozen now.

    • Karen says:

      I love trees on porches. As you’ll soon see. :) And I love burlap! AND I LOVE BEIGE CHALK PAINT! I almost hate to say it but I also love trees with just lights on them. You stole my brain didn’t you! When did you do that?! ~ karen

  34. Renee says:

    I’m so happy I took the Pledge. I’ve never been so “together”. Family and friends are sick of my bragging!
    I told them they should have taken the Pledge! The tree and inside of the house has been decorated. I just need to buy some fresh greenery and live plants to tuck in here and there, but I enjoy that. Husband and Son put up the outside lights and decorations. Most of the gifts have been purchased and wrapped. Family Photo has been taken (MAJOR FEAT) but need to print them, envelopes have been addressed (we send out “HAPPY NEW YEAR” cards, takes the pressure off of getting them done before Xmas). Does freezing store bought cookie dough count?
    Thanks Karen! You helped me get organized and I’m ready to party without the Holiday “to do” list (sword) swing over my head!

  35. Grammy says:

    I didn’t take the pledge. Hardly any of my stuff is done. I have no guilt or anxiety. Tomorrow I will be having my four-year-old grandson help me put up some of the decorations. Not the tree — I’m not an idiot — but some of the garland and elf and the singing snowmen. It should take three times longer than normal because I’ll have help. It will be the most fun anyone can have decorating because my helper will enthusiastically tell me what he hopes Santa will bring, explain that he’s a REALLY good boy, and belt out very cool versions of my favorite carols. Then we’ll eat cookies. Life is good.

  36. Stephanie says:

    Sheesh! I thought the highlighted green “nook” words would link me to a picture of your actual workshop nook hiding place, not Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader. Got all excited. Oh well :(

    • Karen says:

      I know! I don’t know what that is or why it happens. I noticed it just before I posted. I have a feeling it has something to do with “VigLink” which I’m a member of. ~ karen!

  37. barbee says:

    Weird. I actually ate two big bowls of chili after work, then took my kindle to bed then read your post .

  38. Pati Gulat says:

    I took the pledge and everything is decorated, cards are addressed and sent out, most of the gifts have been bought & wrapped, I probably have 5 left to buy and wrap…I have stockings to fill but have some stuffers already….for ME, I am ahead of the game this year !! WOOHOO !!

  39. Hazel says:

    Not bad, though not as well as I’d have liked. Mostly bought and wrapped, with a few bits left to get/buy. House not decorated, but I didn’t intend to do that before now anyway. Cards mostly written…

  40. Laura says:

    no one is getting anything and my husband just today brought home a tree for which he paid $10 so you can imagine what it looks like without decorations let alone with them so I’ll just wrap the poor thing up in lights and hope it dies soon or at least adds a little brightness to this bitterly cold month.

  41. cred says:

    I didn’t do too bad but just watch those last few things get pushed to the last minute and I’ll be a big stress ball wondering how I’ll also manage to cook a big batch of chili.
    Can’t pat myself on the back too much- we don’t mail christmas cards, just make a handful with the kids to hand deliver to my siblings on xmas day nor can I decorate the house until we’re finished moving into a new house next wk.
    The pledge is immeasurably helpful, though. I did do my online shopping, have supplies for gifts I’m making and plans for pkg.

  42. Melanie says:

    I love that you once ate three bowls of chili and 4 pieces of buttered toast all in one sitting ; )

  43. Susan says:

    I didn’t TAKE the pledge, but I did take it seriously and I only have 2 gifts left to wrap and my Christmas letter to write and mail ( the mailing part is a breeze because my husband helps). I have shipped gifts off to three sets of relatives already. I have my house decorated (just finished up today). I have cookie dough in the fridge and have taken a holiday meal to my work buddies (all 22 of them). If I’d actually taken the pledge I’ve have been feeling guilty about the letters, but since I didn’t I feel spectacularly efficient.

  44. Kris says:

    Karen, missed a few days of posts because I was out of town. Going back to the Christmas movie list, did you know that Holiday Inn is playing in the classic series at Silver City (Burl), on Dec. 18th and 23rd? I didn’t know it was the ‘original’ version of White Christmas. Thought you might want to check it out.

  45. beth j says:

    Well for once,… and I do mean once, I have one gift card to buy to supplement a hat I kn it for my 17 yr old nephew. And a gift for my Dad from my siblings and I. Everything has to be wrapped but the house is decorated ,and cookies are in the freezer. I must have forgotten something or someone. I am never ready this early!
    Thanks for the pledge. It made me think

  46. Lynne says:

    Didn’t take the pledge & I’m really wishing I had!!
    I haven’t bought a single gift, no cards written, nothing to bake with as of yet, tree is up but not fully decorated, dinner menu is somewhat planned. I’m only cooking for 9 this year, usually twice that number so it doesn’t worry me at all – but I should order the turkey tomorrow now that I’m thinking of it.
    Lights are up on the outside of the house & on the big tree in front yard tho, I got smart and did it just after Rememberance Day before all the snow and bitter cold set in.
    I’m in big trouble :(

    • Jody says:

      All my gifts are bought and all are wrapped but 3. The outside is decorated and I’ll be decorating inside this weekend. All in all (what an odd phrase when you think about it) I’m feeling relaxed and counting down to the BIG day. Much better feeling than I’ve had the last few years.

  47. Marti says:

    I shipped all my presents to my parents house last week. I’m golden for the season. :)

  48. su says:

    Presents all done. Ditto decorations ..and im on the beach in Mexico on vacation till Saturday! Just need to wrap and send cards. Feeling good..that might be the Margarita tho….

  49. Debbie from Illinois says:

    I am so behind this year! My 85 year old mother inlaw broke her hip. I have been a wonderful daughter inlaw and have been helping take care of her. I need a break and so does the hubby, so we are going to Miami tomorrow and hopping on a cruise ship. Woo hoo!

    I will worry about the frick frackin list when I return to reality!!! Lol

    • Lindsey R. says:

      Debbie, that is the kind of year I have had as well. I say we give ourselves permission to do our shopping at the gift card rack in the grocery store.

      • Anne says:

        People mostly like that best, anyhow, I think. To me the perfect Christmas would be three books from my Amazon wish list, a pair of fuzzy socks, some chocolate, and a gift card.

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