Christmas Eve is two weeks from today! You're welcome for the adrenaline!
I put the lights on the Christmas tree yesterday, and I got them right the first time. That has never happened before.
Well, there was ONE glitch: I somehow accidentally purchased one string of twinkle lights. I went with it, figuring the kids would like them and it would be fun to try them. I like them when I'm just looking at the tree while walking past it, but when I'm sitting in the living room reading a book and enjoying the tree, it DRIVES ME CRAZY. I have to block the twinkle section with my book. They're like "TWINKLE! TWINKLE! TWINKLE! WE'RE TWINKLING! WE'RE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND WE'RE TWINKLING! HI! HI! TWINKLE! HI!!!" I still like them, but next year I'm putting them not-on-the-tree. Maybe on a railing, or around a window.
When @vandeblogger posted on Twitter about making one of the Christmas Bake Sale / Cake Walk cakes, I realized that the school never asked me to bake for the Holiday Fair this year. I'm relieved/offended/grateful/confused.
My plan to buy a Target gift card each time I went to Target worked BEAUTIFULLY. I barely even NOTICED, and didn't get paralyzed by adding up the total amount and thinking "WHY DO WE EVEN BOTHER WITH CHRISTMAS???"
One of my favorite Christmas things now is sending holiday postcards on Postcrossing. I especially love doing the stamps: it's my chance to buy the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and holy angel stamps I like but don't want to confuse my relatives with, and international postcards need TWO first-class stamps (plus a 10-cent one) so I get to mix up some interesting combinations. But I feel dumb working on them while my Christmas cards sit completely untouched on the dining room table.
I do a lot of gift-idea posts at Milk and Cookies, in case you're getting frantic. Needless or perhaps needful to say, many of the posts that claim to be gifts for BOYS or for GIRLS are in fact for EITHER boys or girls; typically the boy/girl reference is only because the person I was buying for when I wrote the post was either a boy or a girl.
Gorgeous toy gift ideas (mostly baby/toddler)
An assortment of toys I've already played with (mostly preschool and young school-age)
Gift ideas for a 15-year-old girl
Gift ideas for 9-12-year-old boys
Gift ideas for 11-year-olds
Gift ideas for a 10-year-old
Gift ideas for a 10-year-old
Gift ideas for a 9-year-old girl
Gift ideas for a 9-year-old boy
Gift ideas for 6-year-olds
Gift ideas for a 5-year-old
An assortment of unusual gift ideas (teens and grown-ups)
Favorite craft gifts for kids
Knight and castle gifts
Non-toy gift ideas for children
Storybook treasury gifts
Gift ideas for an elderly person you don't know very well
Gift ideas for people you don't like
Gift ideas for people who don't want anything
Gift ideas for people having financial problems
Big looking, small costing gift ideas
Gift ideas for someone who doesn't have room for more STUFF
Gift ideas for pretty much absolutely anyone
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