Tis the Season to Get Into a Frenzy

So on Monday I got up, intending to write a lazy is-it-too-late-already Halloween post, when suddenly I realized it was November. And that means screw Halloween, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas, because I absolutely cannot stand shopping in December so this is my main shopping month of the season.

And then I went to update my Facebook page with this week’s activities, and there were two major toy sales on there. That meant I had to go through my gift lists – I make a note of ideas throughout the year – and actually pick out something for everyone, so I would know if it was worth it to me to attend these sales.

And that triggered some sort of Christmas-shopping-frenzy, during which I spent two days rushing from store to store to get items on my list as if it were December 22. Just now I looked at the calendar and discovered it is, in fact, only November 6. Sir Monkeypants has a hard-and-fast rule that there are no Christmas-y things before my birthday, November 18 – no songs, no decorations, no talking about wish lists, NO. So it seems I have gone to some strange mental fugue state in which I have been transported weeks into the future and am panicking about it.

Someone kindly hose me down.

As part of my frenetic shopping days, I’ve been working hard on my Pinterest boards. I keep one board for each of the kids, as well as ones for several other people on my gift list, and when I come across something I think they’d like, I pin it there. That means that while others are pinning things like beautiful artwork and fabulous recipes and innovative interiors, I’m pinning things like Pokemon sets and pink plastic Barbie cars and DVD covers for Despicable Me 2. It’s not exactly Martha Stewart over here, but if you can get over the shame of having a cheap, weirdly commercial Pinterest board, I would recommend it, as it’s a really easy and visual way to shop for the people on your list, and if you decide to buy something, the links are all right there. Sir Monkeypants loves this – I used to send him an epically long, thousand-worded email each holiday begging him to review my choices, but now I just point him at the Pinboards. Awesome.

Anyway, after all that rushing around I’m still probably only 1/4 of the way done, and it’s not quite 1/4 of the way through November, so I should probably just chill and ride this marathon out, man.

6 thoughts on “Tis the Season to Get Into a Frenzy

  1. As you know, I just went into a crazed shopping frenzy like it was Christmas Eve and I hadn’t even started, and hey, done on the fourth of November. Which is early even for me. But hey, all done now. I haven’t broken out the Christmas music yet though.

  2. I’m with you (or him) about the no Xmas before a certain time. For me it’s December 1. Don’t decorate, don’t sing, don’t eat Xmas cookies until then. There are two exceptions:

    1. Put the outdoor lights up but don’t light them on a day when you still get that autumn sun warming your fingers. You won’t be sorry and the kids will be so happy when the first snow flakes fall from the sky and you can just flick the switch to turn on the lights.

    2. Shopping must be done now. Because like you, I will NOT shop in malls after December started… I can’t without going into a frenzied rage. :)

  3. Oh I never thought to create a gift list on Pinterest. Doh. I started my holiday shopping this weekend…and might start my holiday baking next weekend. I want to enjoy the holiday rush eating and being merry with friends and family – not literally rushing here and there and staying up late baking goodies last minute. Hopefully I stay organized!

  4. I’ve decided to stop fighting the November-creep of Christmas and just appreciate it as a slow warm up to the season. Every weekend I watch at least one Xmas movie on netflix. It’s actually very nice.

    HAPPY EARLY-ISH BIRTHDAY! IN FACT IT’S ALREADY YOUR BIRTHDAY IN YOUR TIMEZONE SO I THINK I WIN AT BEING THE FIRST TO WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    I’m on pinterest, too. It’s so much fun. This is my favourite board: Will and Kate’s Baby Shower.

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