Monday, November 19, 2012

That Old Christmas Shopping Spirit

With three kids, my Christmas shopping should be well under way and it's decidedly not. I'm just not feeling it this year.

I'm not sure why. I've never been one to deck the halls until after the first of December. I've long refused to turn the car radio dial to the Christmas radio station before Thanksgiving. But, usually, I'm just about done shopping by the time Turkey Day rolls around.

I know it's early to be panicking yet. And, I'm not panicking. I've got lots of time. But, when I look at everything that needs to be done between now and December 25th, I feel a little overwhelmed. There's shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking and all of the holiday obligations that pop up here and there.

Christmas is a big production when you have kids, even if you keep it simple. And, I really, really try to keep it simple.

Where do you stand with your Christmas prep? Are you done? Or are you just now starting to think about it? 


  1. I have quite a bit of my Christmas shopping done (which since I am financially stressed right now is a good thing). I will run through my list this weekend and make sure I have something for everyone, note the few things I still want to pick up (Art Supplies from a local store for each girl). I usually decorate and begin baking this upcoming weekend. We try hard to keep it simple, but your right with kids it is tough.

  2. My love for all things Christmas starts in September. Sadly, we have plaster in our front room where I put the tree. I told my husband he's in for a looooong winter if that doesn't get fix ASAP.

    And you WRAP presents?? Amazing. Whenever I try, people assume my kids handled the job.

    1. I love wrapping - for about the first dozen or so presents. Then, I get sick of it and it looks like a preschooler did it. But those first few look fabulous!

    2. Keeping it simple has its advantages. The kids might not have mountains (although my parents and his parents do provide lots of gifts) the gifts that we do are all wrapped so precisely (and I do it all on Christmas Eve). I think I head for bed around 3 am. It is a good thing our girls have never been allowed to open presents before company arrived. They can do their stocking first thing, but the rest of the gifts wait until after a German Breakfast feast with my parents and his mom. This way we don't have to get up before 8 a.m. I find the last few gifts I wrap are my best. Maybe I am just finding my rythem by then or I know I am so close to done.

  3. I'm just getting started on the shopping. Very early stages here. To be honest, I've only decorated once or twice in the past 10 years. That includes putting up a tree. We always travel for Christmas to have it with family hours away. Since we aren't home on Christmas day, I just don't bother putting anything up, only to not be here on Christmas and have to come home afterwards and clean it all up.

    I do usually start on the shopping earlier as well. No idea why I've not gotten around to it yet. I actually love gift giving. Especially with children. I do not enjoy wrapping very much, and try to get my husband to do as much as possible. He does little of the shopping, so I like to think it balances out.

  4. I love giving and probably have 60% of shopping done for others. However, some of that involves gifts I am making. I got three cotton panels of the world and I am making quilts out of each as family gifts. Hope I can finish this up by Friday. I bought Christmas cards and am sending fewer this year. I am not sure if I will do much decorating this year--perhaps will keep it to a minimum.


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    I would like to focus on a minor renovation in our living room area and after that, I am also planning to buy some added decorations for our Christmas tree. Finally, I am also planning to list down the ingredients for our Christmas menu.

    Goodluck to us! We can do this!

    So many things to do but there's not enough time to do it since its the busiest day of the year. How about you?

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