The dust has settled from the weekend’s family party, and now I’m chugging into full holiday freakout mode. It doesn’t help that someone on Facebook reported that they’d completed all of their shopping and had strung up lights al-freakin’-ready. I mean, that’s the kind of holiday smugness you just need to keep to yourself.
On Saturday, we’re leaving for a week-long visit with the in-laws for Thanksgiving. Which means that when we return, we’ll be in high gear, holiday-wise. I oh-so-foolishly said that I’d help with a Crafty Extravaganza at my church, and traditionally, the girls and I have a Crafty Girl Party for a few of their friends. At this point I have no idea what crafty activity we should do. In the past we’ve done gingerbread houses, mini-trees, and ornaments–any thoughts, people? Plus last year, we started what we hoped would be our First Annual Neighborhood Caroling Event. So now I have to ponder whether I can fit all of these items into our schedule and I have to start making a list of people who need gifts. I’m serious. I am that completely unprepared. Plus I will be avoiding Amazon because I’m still mad at them about the pedophile handbook. Which is probably just as well because they usually screw me on shipping somehow, anyway.
I know, I know: I’m supposed to be paring down, right? And I have, a bit. I haven’t done Christmas cards in years. They’re just a pain in the neck, and most people are my Facebook friends by now, anyway. But I love the idea of doing parties and caroling. It’s just daunting. And the gifts: oy. My mom was always completely prepared, right down to wine bottles attached to the trash can lids for the garbage men. I am just not thoughtful enough. I feel like I’m always scrambling. I realize at the last minute that I thought of the teachers but not the teacher assistants. Or we go to dance and a bunch of kids are handing over little cards and I’m like, “uhhh, wow. Is this really the last class before the holidays?” Anyway, I know that I should suck it up and start making my “to do” list, but instead I’m going to whine and avoid it until tomorrow.
How about all of you? Are you on top of things, or panicking, or somewhere in between?