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11th Day of Christmas: Procrastination

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12 Days of Christmas

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Besides cooking the meal, what have you waited for today to do to  to prepare for Christmas? Buy presents? Decorate the tree? It doesn’t have to be this year, I’d love to hear stories from the past where you waited too long and learned your lesson!

A few years ago, our entire family which included children ages not yet one and two stood in line at a department store for more than an hour and a half the night before Christmas to buy me my gift. I really wanted–nay, needed–what we were purchasing and my husband had been working from 6:30 am to 8pm days all of December so we braved the crowds together. After that, I told him I’d rather have nothing on special occasions than to do that ever again. And starting the following year, he started ordering my gifts on line the first week of December!

As of now, less than 18 hours (my time) before Christmas Day, I don’t have the presents wrapped. None of them. I didn’t do this on purpose, I’ve just been so distracted with other things that I haven’t had the time to wrap them. All I can hope for is that I have enough wrapping paper…otherwise I’ll have to dig in the recycling bin and get out some junk mail coupons because you couldn’t pay me enough to brave the stores today!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

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34 thoughts on “11th Day of Christmas: Procrastination”

  1. Baking a fruit cake. I have a recipe that can make oneto eat without letting it “mature” a while. Unfortunately I am so exhausted I can’t get the energy to put the effort. So I went to the store and bought one instead. Will probably hear an earful tomorrow from the family

  2. one year we only got the te up a few hor before christmas, my parents had ( still have) a shop and we are open until 7pm and at that time shop didn’t open on sunday so they couldn’t have the time to go buy the present and were so busy that no tree was ready until i cried i was going to miss santa if the teee wasn’t up^^ so they closed the shop earlier so we could do it.

    ( now to avoid that i start becoming impatient the 6december^^ and for the present i do their shopping and i try to do most in octobr just to be sure to avoid crowd and to have what i want

    Merry Christmas^^

  3. This story is a little off the topic, but funny so I thought I would share it with you. When our kids still lived at home every year we would go to a tree farm and pick our favorite tree then chop it down and bring it home and decorate it. Well, one year my daughter said she didn’t want to go chop a tree down, but instead wanted to do something different. So I asked her what she wanted to do and she said, “Let’s make a chain in the shape of a christmas tree and tape it to the big front window. So as we are making this chain and hanging it in the shape of a tree she gets another big idea. She says lets hang it all around the ceiling and criss cross it across the ceiling. By the time we were finished the walls and ceiling were covered in chains and they were all connected. We were very impressed with handiwork and how festive we made the house. About three days later, the kids are at a Christmas party, I am in the kitchen baking and my husband is in the living room watching TV when all of a sudden I hear my name being yelled (according to my husband he never yells.) So I run into the living room to see my husband buried in chains. I immediately start laughing and ask him what he did. He asked me how I put the chains up there and I said with tape. Then he started laughing while I was uncovering him. When our daughter came home and walked in the living room she was mortified that all our hard work was sitting in a pile in the living room. So a big pile of chains sat on our living room that served as the Christmas tree that year because it was too late to go chop down a tree.

  4. I think we are all ready this year, but usually we still have to wrap the presents on Christmas Eve. When the Twins were younger we had the presents under the tree early but when our third son was crawling at Christmas one year we stopped putting the presents out early and then we would stay up late wrapping them and have everything ready under the tree for Christmas morning. Four years ago we did this and woke up only to find that one of the Twins had found all his presents and opened them. At least he only opened his. Ever since then we have not put presents out until we are all up and ready.

  5. Filling stockings. It is funny because the house is all adults (one 17 year old) but I still wait till Christmas Eve and we still refer to Santa filling them….wouldn’t have it any other way!

  6. Most years, we’re pretty set for having everything ready & prepared for Xmas. I remember one year we totally spaced on gifts..(doesn’t everyone at some point? Hopefully?) Luckily, our market has *every* gift card known to man on its shelf. Disneyland, no problem. Macys, BestBuy, Target.. The point is, there is something for everyone. Is it creative? Nah.. lol.. but it worked out in a pinch. (And we were more prepared the next year)

    1. I did the gift card Christmas a few years ago. It’s one of those things we’ve all got to do at least once to make our lives complete. Or so I try to convince myself.

  7. The presents aren’t all wrapped. The house is a mess…and the whole family is coming here in the morning! We’re going to have to hurry because we still have something to go to tonight. Been a bad year….

    1. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. If it makes you feel any better not only did we not do a tree, but I didn’t even drag the Christmas decorations out from the attic until five days before Christmas… Just who I am, I guess.

  8. So far I’ve bought my mom only part of her gift, i plan to head out to the mall today before it closes, and buy her this cashmere sweater to complete the gift. I am SO not looking forward to the holiday rush I know I’ll experience, and I can imagine I will have difficulty finding a parking spot at the mall too.

  9. Put up and decorate the tree. I wasn’t even supposed to be home for Christmas or Christmas eve so we didn’t put a tree up, but then flight delays made it so we are, so I just put up our tree and decorated it. Couldn’t have a Christmas without it!

  10. Christmas cards! I buy them at Thanksgiving with plans on mailing them that Friday. Something always comes up and delays their being sent out. Still need to cards through the post office to aunts and uncles that do not do too much on computers. Sent this years cards out today. Merry Christmas!

  11. We are supposed to have dinner at 8:30 EST and haven’t even started the prep work. All the gifts are wrapped though! Merry Christmas Eve!

  12. I’m the person that has all the gifts bought by the first week in December, except for a few stray ones! I hate going to the stores around this time and through in driving in the snow…shudder lol. I take my time wrapping them though but usually have them done a couple days before but I used to decorate them all nice with bows and ribbons….yeah, not so much now!

  13. Well, my daughter told my mom and Santa last night that she wanted a particular toy that she had not even mentioned to us. Luckily my mom was able to find one today.

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