Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Bill has Christmas down to a science. Want a stress free holiday? Do it The Bill Way.
Make a list containing every single item you need to get for Christmas. All presents. All food items. All the extraneous little things that make you life hell later (ie: stamps, Christmas cards, Santa napkins, Chocolate Oranges... etc.)
Next, plan a day (and a budget) that you'll use to get it all done. Mid November works nicely.
Come home with everything. Sort it out. Begin wrapping or stocking your pantry.
To tell you the truth, this used to bother me. BB (Before Bill) I loved meandering at the Malls a couple of days before Christmas. I do tend to embrace chaos. So for all you chaos lovers, this plan will NOT work for you. Have at your Christmas Eve runs. I'm finished.
Why? Because three kids, novel writing, spousing, PhD ing, teaching, and a 9-5 job later... I have no damn time to peruse. So Bill's way works. And I'm starting to enjoy that "One Shopping Day."
It was yesterday. We left early and got coffee and looked over our lists to plan the attack.
We went to stores and split up with two carriages knowing exactly what we needed and then met back up for the fun stuff. TOYS!
He does the homegoods. I do the books. Well, of course I do!
And let me tell you! The books I bought. I bought so many books I wanted to take a bath in them! And I looked around, and you know what? EVERYONE was buying books! There were certain books I wanted that were sold out (Thank GOD for Amazon!) And many books I already know about by writers who blog (I bought all those, yes I did. Good networking works, right?)
And then... I got a little emotional. Two major things hit home for me as I knelt and then stood, bent and flipped through fine pages with all those thoughts and delicious lines. First, I still love books. Even though I write them, even though I know more about the industry than I ever needed to know. It hasn't taken away the bliss. I love books so much I always feel like I have to go to the bathroom. It's really THAT exciting. TMI? So what.
The second thing that hit me was that next year I'll be buying books that are set for publication next fall and are written by people I've watched on their journey. I will buy books by bloggers who have become true friends. Think about that. I will be buying books written by people I know. Their words will become part of the fabric of my family. Stories we will share, and take turns reading out loud to one another, and talk about years from now. "That Christmas... those books.... you remember...."
Anyway. I just wanted to share.
OH! And another share. I may be late to the party, but ummmmm.... for that person who has everything? Forget all other shopping. Go HERE. Etsy. Handmade and simply divine. Well priced too. Not bad shipping rates. Really. Go. Now.