By Tom, on December 13th, 2011
My holiday stress always seems to result from time getting away from me. Until recently, I was a chronic procrastinator. I have been working to recover from this debilitating disease, but around Christmas, when there is more to be done than ever, I fall back to my old ways.
It starts like this: “Oh it’s Thanksgiving, I should start thinking about Christmas presents. But, tomorrow is the busiest shopping day of the year, and this weekend the busiest shopping weekend.”
And then, it all seems to fade to gray and it’s, quite suddenly, December 23rd and I have to shop for everyone in two days. I make a list, go shopping, and it’s done at about 3 PM on the 24th, when I say to myself that this would have all been much easier had I taken a month to do it.
This year is pretty much a loss, but for next year I have a plan. On New Year’s Day, I will make a list of everyone I want to give a gift. I will set an appointment every month to go think about the gift I wish to give, go shopping, or write a Christmas card. By Thanksgiving, I won’t have to say I don’t want to go shopping tomorrow, I will sigh contentedly, laugh to myself and say I’m glad I’m done with my Christmas shopping.