Wait, what? TWELVE DAYS? As in, less than two weeks?!?
Right. I mean, I KNEW THAT. I’m totally chill…ready for the holidays…all Advent-ed up. Yeah, that sounds right. I’m okay now.
Of course, I’m a liar, too. So there’s that.
Look. I could give you my list of excuses, but no matter the reason, it all boils down to this: I have barely done a single Christmas-y thing. My tree is only up because my brother helped me. Annalyn has only watched The Grinch because it’s too cold for recess and apparently that was chosen as indoor recess appropriate. And last week’s trip to see The Nutcracker Suite? Completely to my mom’s credit. My only responsibility for that date – which I barely managed – was to buy my child new tights.
We haven’t done anything to celebrate Advent other than the occasional reading from The Jesus Storybook Bible. Just when I thought THIS would be the year we’d finally start AND FINISH Truth in the Tinsel. *sigh*
Aside from my DaySpring shopping sprees throughout the year, I haven’t done a single bit of Christmas shopping. I’ve told you my sad story about not watching Hallmark movies. And though my Christmas cards are printed, they are sitting – in a haphazard pile that hasn’t moved since they were delivered (and then knocked over) four days ago – on my dining room table. Unaddressed because, grrrrr!, the free addressing service doesn’t work for postcards.
And apparently I picked out postcards. Without realizing it. I mean, to save paper and the environment. Yeah.
Am I alone here? Are you all so together and organized and awesome that you CANNOT BELIEVE my holiday slacker-ness? If so, please, email me. Because you are so welcome to come to my house and bake, wrap and decorate up a storm!
For those of you who are a like me this year, I’ve got some ideas and tips for you. Also? For the love of all that’s silent and holy, quit feeling guilty about what you have and have not done this holiday season. Despite what Pinterest and Facebook and that stupid elf will tell you, Christmas is not a competition and you aren’t failing if you don’t build elaborate gingerbread houses and wrap all your presents in coordinating paper.
*steps off imperfect soapbox*
Enough of that. Moving on…to shopping!
For the shopping I have left, I’m dividing it between an afternoon going to one – MAYBE two – stores and a couple hours online. I’m no longer an Amazon affiliate (thank you SO much, state of Missouri and your fight against the man, I mean, Amazon), but you really can find most everything on there. And if you toss on a trial month of free shipping wit Amazon Prime, well, why would you go anywhere else?
I’m also planning on a few SIMPLE, I SWEAR crafty gifts. I’ll probably make one more of these no-sew fabric wreaths, plus a batch of salsa and a bunch of taco seasoning to stick in jars for the assortment of friends and neighbors who inevitably show up at my father-in-law’s for Christmas dinner. (And, HELLO!, to have on hand for after the baby’s born. Win-win!)
Last but not least, I’m now the happy owner of several Redeemed scarves from DaySpring – an inexpensive gift that looks expensive for pretty much all the women on my list. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, don’t wait, okay? My 65% off discount is only good through Sunday the 15th.
P.S. DaySpring is offering FREE shipping on ANY order next Monday, December 16. Just use the code FREESHIP, and your gifts will arrive by Christmas! (My new favorite thing there, by the way? [I know you were wondering...] The entire Lyrics for Life line. I love these word art canvases filled with bits of my favorite hymns and worship songs!)
Obviously I realize your gift needs might not be covered by Amazon, DaySpring and easy-peasy crafts. So I’ve got a list of great gift guides and ideas for you. I cannot even tell you how much I wish I could rewind to October and start my shopping over with these guides in hand. I’ve bookmarked them all for next year – and hopefully it’s not too late for them to give you some great ideas!
- 10 Unusual Gifts for Kids :: Modern Mrs. Darcy (I bookmarked this one for Easter, birthdays and every other gift-giving holiday in the next year. Anne is so smart!)
- 52 Gift Ideas – Experiences, Not Things :: The Happy Family Movement (These ideas are Kansas City-specific, but you can easily use this list to inspire ideas for your own town!)
- The Ultimate Gift Guide for Boys of All Ages :: The MOB Society (I’m totally getting that FashionABLE wallet for someone on my list!)
- Jen’s Official KIDS Gift Guide – Educational, Musical, Reading, Super Fun :: Defining My Happy (Love the idea of these four gift categories!)
- Keeping Christmas Gifts Simple with Four Gifts :: Just Jilly (Every year, Jill talks about this and every year I say I’m going to do it. Maybe next year…?)
- Ethical Shopping Guide :: The Art of Simple
- Gifts That Give Back 2013 :: Rage Against the Minivan
- A Christmas Guide to Empower Women :: Sarah Bessey
All right, folks. Shoot straight with me. What is one thing you’re simply NOT DOING in the next 12 days? (And where do you do the bulk of your shopping?)
This post does include some affiliate links. That doesn’t affect your price, should you choose to click and purchase. But I do earn a small commission, allowing me to keep my office-supply-loving kiddo in neon Post-Its and pens!