I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It would be very very easy for me to sit here and tell you all of the things that I still have to do before Christmas, but usually when I start thinking about it, I get to the SLIGHTLY FREAKING OUT stage and have to go lie down. So instead, I'll tell you that most of my shopping is done. I bought new stocking hangers tonight, so my stockings can be hung soon. My cards are written out, I just have a few addresses to confirm and I'll be able to hand them over to hubs to mail for me. My crafts are almost done. One is super close, and the jury is still out on the other one. I'm not sure if it will be done in time or not. It wouldn't be the first time I've wrapped up a WIP (work in progress) and had to snatch it back to finish it up. I'm so exited about how it's turning out, that I know the recipient won't mind if it takes a bit longer. There is still a faint glimmer of hope that I'll be able to bake something to bring to the in-law Christmas, but I'm not going to freak if it doesn't happen. If I end up with my family and get to watch them open the gifts that I've chosen for them, eat, drink, and be merry with them, and spend a little time reflecting on why we are having a party... then I'll be a happy girl.
It's easy to get caught up in the commercialism. Heck, it's hard NOT to. I like the pretty lights. I like presents. I like selecting gifts for people, and hope they like them. I like hearing Christmas songs on the radio, and days off of work. Oh yeah, and eating. The diet shuts off pretty soon. :)
My shopping trip with Morgan last night was one of the most fun times I think we've ever had together. We were both in a fabulous mood, and I think we giggled more than we didn't giggle. We turned up the Christmas music loud in the car and sang along at the top of our lungs, slaughtering the words, which made us laugh even harder. The girl has good taste, so I'm glad I brought her with me to help make some decisions.
So, I've been chisling away at the To-Do list, and it's getting there. Slow and steady wins the race, right? I have three hockey games, a sleepover birthday party for Morgan, two choir concerts, a dance recital and 75% of my Christmas prep under my belt in the last week. I have been borrowing my big brother's camera (which is awesome and I might give my third child to have one like it someday) during at least a few of these tasks, but the camera is just so fancy, you need a program installed on your computer that converts them to a readable file (or something like that) so I can't look at the pictures, or post them here. I'll keep on that, because I think there are some really, really cool pictures to show you.
How is your holiday prep coming along? I hope you are more organized that me (trust me, it wouldn't take much) and are enjoying a stress free pre-Christmas week!