Friday, December 12, 2014

The Countdown to Christmas

Christmas has done it again. It has a nasty habit of sneaking up on me. I hate that!

Every year I keep an ongoing list of things my family might like or need for gift ideas. I even keep a list for myself should anyone ask. I do this so that when a grandparent or spouse asks the inevitable "What do the Myrtles want for <insert gift-giving occasion>?" I can provide some kind of intelligent answer because otherwise I will draw a complete blank.

Unfortunately, everyone's current list consists of major purchases or candy.

With that said, I try to make most of my Christmas gifts so I start looking for ideas around May. The really GOOD ideas don't arrive in my brain until the first of December and most of those ideas take about a year to make. So I write the idea down with full intent on beginning said project after New Year's only to forget about it.

Since the Myrtles are my primary gift targets, they will often see me working on some project and ask the obvious question, "Whatcha makin', Mom?" to which I am forced to reply, "I don't know." or something along that line. Over the years this has become a twisted code which has us all very confused.

So at the present time, I am have completed one major project (which took from May to September to finish), am less than 1/2 way through the 2nd major project (started in September), completed one minor project and am less than 1/2 way through the 2nd (both started in November). I have not started the other four projects that I had planned, nor do I have a clue what I'm going to do instead.

And Christmas is in 13 days.

So...what does one do in this situation you might ask? Never fear, I have been in this situation many times before!

1. I will finish the 2nd minor project (yea, me!),

2. I might wrap the two major projects in whatever state of completion they may be. I say might be wrapped because I will probably be up all night in a mad attempt to finish the 2nd major project. It will probably end up draped over a stocking or stuffed in a colorful gift bag. (This is a family tradition that I did not start.)

3. Everyone else will get a hug.



  1. You could always give them a 12 foot long scarf.

    1. That special gift is reserved for you, DH.