I’ve double checked my calendar and despite my disbelief, it IS December 1st. Can hardly believe it. Maybe it comes to such a surprise because we had such a late Thanksgiving this year??
As you recall, today is THE DAY – the big gift challenge day. So, how’d you do? Are you done? How does it feel?
I have to admit I’m actually not 100% done – more like 90% to date. I guess I technically didn’t meet the challenge. But I don’t feel like I failed, I’m OK with being almost done. My list of things left to do is pretty short. I still need to go to the post office and ship my packages – but most of my packages wrapped and boxed and ready to go. I have one more thing to buy for the kids’ teacher gifts – but I can get it a the grocery store and the kids can wrap it. I didn’t get my digital photo book done in time to get it shipped to me before this week – so that’s one gift that will just have to wait. Even though I didn’t completely meet the challenge, I feel good because I’ve done way more than I would have if I didn’t start the challenge to begin with.
For those of you that completed the challenge and are completely done with your shopping, congratulations! I’m impressed. And you get to enjoy your December with a whole new perspective I hope.
For those of you that are getting there (like me) congratulations to you too. Chances are you’re way ahead of the game and that counts for a great deal as you move into one of the busiest months of the year. As the end of the month approached I found myself starting to stress out that I wasn’t going to meet the December 1st deadline. Then I realized the point of this challenge was not to transfer the stress of holiday shopping and wrapping from December to November. The point was to plan ahead, beat the crowds and create more time in December to actually enjoy the season with “get tos” as opposed to “have tos”.
No matter where you are in your challenge today is a great day to take a moment and reflect on what you want out of your holiday season this year. The purpose of the holidays remain the same – to enjoy the people we love and have some time to relax and celebrate. Take a moment today to decide what’s realistic for you to accomplish in the next few weeks. Perhaps you’re close to finishing your holiday checklist and you can see it through this week. Or perhaps you need to edit your list. Sometimes a deadline is the best thing in the world to help us realize that our goals were not realistic and we need adjust our expectations.
I’ll be in touch in December with some holiday decorating and entertaining tips. I hope you’ll reach out with some of yours’ too.
Happy Holidays (and I mean that),