Call me crazy but I’ve already started wrapping Christmas gifts. Yes I know it’s only October and we haven’t even celebrated Halloween yet. Believe me there is a big bowl of candy on my kitchen table reminding me.
While I love Christmas time, I have never been one to rush a holiday. October is for Halloween (my second favorite holiday). November is Thanksgiving and then December is for Christmas.
However, in years past, I have found myself struggling to get in all the shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, etc. that goes with the Christmas season completed in the few weeks between eating turkey and Santa’s arrival. I was rushing through the holiday season and not enjoying it.
So last year, my first year as a stay-at home-mom and thinking I’d have more free time on my hands (haha yeah right) I decided to get a head start on the holiday season.
Theoretically, if I could have most of my gifts bought by October and start wrapping by November then it would leave me December to get last minute gifts and enjoy the all holiday party’s that seem to start as soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is digested.
I also had a second motive with doing so much holiday shopping early. From the first week in December until mid-January we have birthdays for 6 immediately family members. I love celebrating my birthday and would not want to deprive someone of celebrating theirs since it’s so close to the holidays (something they didn’t even have control over). So to save my sanity and my bank account, I try to shop for gifts throughout the year.
So this year I’ve started even earlier. Why? Is it the pile of presents growing and slowly taking over my basement? Maybe. Am I excited for this year to be over? Probably because let’s face it, 2020 has been a crazy year.
Honestly though, I’m worried I won’t be able to see some of my family for the holidays due to Covid. Even if I can’t physically celebrate with them in person, I still want them to enjoy their gifts and know they are loved even if we have to be far apart this year.
So I’m wrapping, with Christmas music in the background, a bowl of Halloween candy on my kitchen table and the determination that this pandemic will not ruin my family’s joy this holiday season.