Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Totally owning Christmas

Who doesn't love Christmas? I mean probably no one, right? But who cringes as soon as Hobby Lobby starts putting up the Christmas decor? Me. There is so much more to Christmas when you are a grown up (and heaven help me, I don't even have kids yet) that makes it very stressful. The cards, the gifts, the treats--all of that takes time and money and makes me want to pull my hair out. After working all day I really don't want to shop and it really takes forever to choose a suitable Christmas card photo, holiday baking makes a giant mess of the house and I always end up screaming at something or someone while I'm wrapping the 8 million presents I bought after work. There, I said it. I feel better. I really HATE this quality about myself because again, who can actually hate Christmas? Again, no one. SO, in an effort to be jollier and more Santa-like and joy-spreading, I decided to start Christmas early this year. I have to admit, I'm totally owning it right now--booya! Here is what I have been up to...

Online shopping, beyotch. I have never shopped for Christmas online. I do try to pick up items during the year for people, but you can't find everything. This year is going to be totally different because I found Joss and Main. OMG--have you people discovered them yet? I'm sure I'm late to the party but I'm obsessed. I have the app on my phone so when I'm sitting around waiting for my turn at court I am actually shopping! I have gotten nearly everything I need AND free shipping! Plus, it's like Christmas every time the delivery truck comes! I will probably have to run out and get a few things at the actual store but at least I know that now. Plus, I know exactly who is still left on my list and I can decide what to get them pre-shopping and hopefully just run in, grab said item, and get out of the crowds.

Christmas card list updating
Oh this always takes me forever. I love sending the cards and usually can make it online from work one day during a lull, but the actual list is a mess. I have the list consolidated down to labels now, which is a huge time saver, but before I print them I always have to send about 80 text to people I know who moved. This year, I updated the list on a slow day in October and now when the cards arrive, all I really have to do is stuff and label them. Hooray!

Wrapping
Yes I started wrapping presents in October--and hiding them in my car. I wrapped them as I got them in the mail! Now I won't have to scurry around doing it in December, nor will I scream and throw things when I can't find the tape because I'm sitting on it. The main thing about wrapping to share is that I buy my wrapping paper the day or weekend after Christmas. It goes on sale then and I get everything--paper, boxes, bags, tissue, bows, the works. I try to get neutral paper for non Christmas gifts but of course you have to have Christmas paper for Christmas so I get that too. That way I have one less thing to worry about come December (or October this year)

Have you started getting ready for Christmas? What do you do? What am I leaving off of my list that I need to do?

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6 comments:

  1. Christmas...I love Christmas!! And have let it stress me out more times than I'd like to admit. Just remember it's not about the gifts, the treats or the cards. This year I am not stressing and am going to enjoy myself and my family.

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  2. Shopping on-line is the BEST. You can get so much done so fast! I haven't started shopping yet but I need to... I'm starting to get anxious!!!!

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  3. This post made me realize I need to start updating addresses NOW! Being a military, we've created a little "military family". But this means that more than half our friends have moved since last Christmas. I need to get on getting current addresses for Christmas cards. Thanks for the reminder!! And maybe start getting ideas and shopping for gifts!

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  4. You've never done your christmas shopping online? It's pretty much all I do now. I have Amazon Prime, and it is TOTALLY worth it. :)

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  5. you are so on it! i mean to start early every year but then i end up being last minute ahh. maybe in the next few weeks before thanksgiving, i can at least start on a few little things. fingers crossed!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  6. Might as well enjoy the season. That's what it's for. We enjoy Christmas but we don't "do" it. The husband bakes because he loves to but we do a simple gift exchange among family so I don't do much shopping at all and I haven't sent out holiday cards in years!!

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