Christmas is coming
The goose is getting fat
Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat
Yes dear friends, Christmas is coming. With all the back to school, back to scouts, sports, and dance chaos, time is going to fly by and December will arrive before you know it. Is all your shopping done? Are all your presents wrapped and labeled and well hidden through out the house? Are you Christmas cards addressed and stamped, because of course, you bought your cards at an end of season clearance sale last year? Are your cookies baked and carefully frozen? Are you Ready For Christmas?
But I’ve gotten a good start. Our holiday season actually starts at the end of September, when the Halloween decorations come out, and then we get hit with 3 birthdays, our anniversary (#15 this year!), Thanksgiving and Christmas. Throw in our cruise at the beginning of December, so if I don’t start planning now, I will totally lose my mind around mid-October. It won’t be pretty.
My planning starts with gift ideas. Somebody is getting something handmade this year, but I can’t tell you who. That project is about halfway done. I still need to think on the female members of my extended family. But I think I’ve got the kids all figured out.
In our never ending battle against the toy room, we have decided to limit our children’s gifts to things that are 1) consumable, 2) very small, or 3) additions to play sets that they already have. With that in mind, Pumpkin Girl is going to get some craft kits. I’ve already bought a couple of beginning sewing projects and a scrapbook kit. Doll clothes are on the list, too. Boo is getting a Lego Chess computer game, which can be stored in a binder with the rest of the CD-ROMS. I’m also thinking about a magician’s hat and cape to go with last year’s magic set. Boo’s Rescue Heroes and fire truck are being recycled into gifts for Bip. Probably some new Thomas trains, too.
Pumpkin and Boo both want an Easy Bake Oven. I’m not too sure about that one. They’ll be 9 and 7 by the end of the year and I’m wondering how long this will hold its appeal for them. They can pretty much just bake with me, but they might have lots of fun “baking” on their own. They’ve been asking for it for almost a year now. What do you think?
I’m going to try to have my Christmas shopping for the children done by the end of September. That’ll include birthday shopping for the older ones, too. This year I plan to print labels for our Christmas cards and have those done, early, too. As for our cards, the Disney ship will be decorated for Christmas and we can get our formal portrait turned into Christmas cards before we even leave the ship. So I won’t worry about that.
How about you? Have you started any Christmas planning yet? Do you prefer to shop early or wait until the last minute?