Yeah, you read that right. There’s only 14 days left until the Christmas Pledge deadline is up. 2 weeks.
2 weeks to finish your shopping, get your decorations up, write out your Christmas Cards and tie up any loose ends.
THIS IS WHY STICKING TO THE CHRISTMAS PLEDGE IS SO IMPORTANT.
Christmas really is a nerd. It’s convinced us all that it happens on the same day every year but in truth … I think Christmas has some sort of agreement with another notorious practical joker, the space-time continuum. It’s my opinion that the two of them have some sort of agrement to drive us all to the brink of insanity, laughing their heads off the entire time, as they secretly make less and less days between the last Christmas and the next.
I know we think Christmas only comes every 365 days a year, but it’s entirely possible that it’s now happening once a month. Feels like it anyway. It certainly is a surprise every year when it arrives.
So, as motivation here is a list of what I have so far accomplished.
1. Purchased (mostly online) the majority of my presents. 85% are awaiting arrival in the mail. I still have perfect presents to think of for 2 people.
If you plan to buy online, do it NOW. Etsy sellers and even larger companies are inundated at this time of year and things *do* sell out. Also, many smaller companies who have to keep up with large demand like you to have your Christmas orders in by the end of November.
2. I’ve brought the Christmas Cards down from their home in my bedroom desk drawer so they’re ready for me to tackle when the mood hits me.
If you plan to do personalized family photograph Christmas Cards, personalized mugs or calendars get a move on. Getting the perfect shot, Photoshopping and printing all take time.
3. The very first warmish day we get I’ve committed to not writing a blog post and putting up the outdoor decorations.
Who cares if the decorations are up a couple of weeks early. If it’s nice out, get it done. There’s nothing worse than trying to bake Christmas cookies with stump fingers because you lost them to frostbite while hanging outdoor lights in an icestorm.
4. I have decided on a wrapping scheme and bought the materials I need. (more on this in a later post)
If you have something in mind for wrapping go out and get your supplies now so you have everything organized and ready to go. Bows, or the materials to make the bows, wrapping paper, tags and ribbon. I usually buy 3 complimentary wrapping papers and stuff to make bows that will match all of them. Some years it’s old school Christmas with Santa Claus wrapping paper, some years it’s contemporary, last year it was sparkly and fun. Check out last year’s Pimp my Bows if you haven’t seen them before. This year it’s going to be something entirely different again.
In the next 2 weeks my plan is to attack, attack, attack. Every night I browse Etsy, Pinterest and other sites looking for inspiration for those 2 remaining presents and future Christmas blog posts. I’m going to decide on a menu for my annual Christmas Eve party and if I have time, make anything in advance that I can and freeze it. (Uncle Shifty’s Antojitos are a perfect example of something I can make and freeze ahead)
I suggest you do the same. Or … do this. Frankly I rather do this. A completely charming DIY feather tree from Centsational Girl. It was one of those things I found while browsing around for inspiration. But I really shouldn’t make one. Not until I finish everything else at least. The space-time continuum isn’t something to be trifled with. Like Christmas, the space-time continuum is also a bit of a nerd.
Have a restful, yet productive weekend. Full of naps. And accomplishments. And feather trees.