It’s already November 4. That means for many of you, Holiday Shopping has already started and may even be done.
For me, well…at least I am acknowledging it’s November, which means next month is December. That’s farther along than I am most years.
I am not an early holiday shopper. I’m also not the “Holy Moly, it’s the day before the holiday, I better get to Target today!” I am somewhere in the middle; as soon as the decorations come out in the middle of December, I feel I should probably start shopping. As soon as the menorah is back in the windowsill and the tree is in its corner, then I get the urge to get festive and get shopping.
This year, however, I want to break the procrastination cycle and try to get a little shopping done before then. My family celebrates two holidays—Christmas and Hanukkah, which fall so close this years some relatives will be having ham with their latkes—so I won’t have spare time between the two like I sometimes do. I will also be having oral surgery the week before, so I won’t have much time after recovering. I need to get my shopping done in November and early December, no excuses.
But no worries—I have a there-pronged game plan:
1.) PICK OUT WRAPPING STYLE THIS WEEK.
I always use some kind of Kraft paper for my wrappings; it’s kind of my trademark. I will probably keep that style, but I am feeling like working in some plaid this year. Plaid or threads. I don’t know. But I will know by the end of the week.
2.) SHOP FOR CHRISTMAS FIRST.
Hanukkah is always easier, and even though it begins earlier, I am going to shop for Christmas first. That is always the biggest struggle for me, so I am going to start with those gifts.
3.) LIMIT MY BAKING TO JUST FIVE TREATS.
I love all the sweet things. I could bake them all year round, and sometimes I do (who says almond spritz cookies aren’t for Valentine’s Day?!). With that said, I cannot spend all season in the kitchen, so I need to pick my favorite five and go with them.
With 49 days until Hanukah and 52 days until Christmas, there is still time, but I need to make the most of it. This is why my holiday shopping is Novemver’s first things first.
I can use your help, though: Tell me, if you had to choose one holiday treat to make, what would it be?
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